Motorsport Developments. The Power Tuning Specialists.

Ford Focus ST 225 Tuning.

We offer a number of well refined tuning packages for your MK2 Focus ST. We can tailor the calibration in your ECU to ensure all existing modifications are accommodated for and you can rest assured the vehicle will retain all the safety features programmed in by the manufacturer such as EGT control, Knock control, closed loop fuel control and other such important features. We wont remove these to facilitate a power increase as some tuners do. The vehicle will retain these important safety features and will run just as well as it did standard, in fact probably even better.

Our tuning packages for the MK2 Focus ST start at +35PS at the MSD 340 and go up to the MSD 450. We are of course happy to push further for those customers with bespoke hardware but as I am sure you can appreciate these are conversions that need some discussion as to what best suits you as a driver so those conversions are not detailed on the website.

Focus ST tuning in lancashire
MSD 260 (430Nm and 260PS)
This calibration works perfectly on a totally standard car and lifts the power restrictions from within the ECU, further enhancing the power output to 430NM and 260PS which really brings the car to life!

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • None.

Optional hardware:

  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory driveability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.

 

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.
  • RS Firmware upgrade available (See ST-RS Tab)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

Total cost of this calibration installed: £249.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD 280 (450Nm and 280PS)
A calibration designed to utilise sensible upgrades such as high flow air filters, exhausts systems and sports catalysts. On suitable vehicle hardware this calibration will enhance the power output to 450NM and 280PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • Performance air filter
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.

Optional hardware:

  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory driveability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.

 

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.
  • RS Firmware upgrade available (See ST-RS Tab)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £299.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD 300 (470Nm and 300PS)
A calibration designed to utilise all the upgrades for the MSD280 but enhanced further for use with an uprated intercooler. Suitably equipped vehicle can expect to achieve 470NM and 300PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • Performance air filter
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.
  • Uprated intercooler
  • 1 step colder spark plugs

 

Optional hardware:

  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)


Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory driveability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.

 

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.
  • RS Firmware upgrade available (See ST-RS Tab)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £349.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD 320 (480Nm and 320PS)
This calibration maximises the factory fuel system and the additional boost and torque produced means you should seriously consider having the "Block-Mod" installed. Suitably equipped vehicle can expect to achieve 480NM and 320PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • High performance cold air induction kit
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.
  • Uprated intercooler
  • 1 step colder spark plugs
  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)

 

Optional hardware:

  • Block Mod highly recomended.


Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory driveability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.

 

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.
  • RS Firmware upgrade available (See ST-RS Tab)


Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £399.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD 340 (480Nm and 340PS)
Taking the ST into the mid 300s requires more fuel than the standard injectors can supply so we now need to utilise all the hardware from MSD320 plus the Focus RS MK2 injectors and a wastegate actuator we had designed specifically for the job. A vehicle with the correct hardware will now achieve a power output of 480NM and 340PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • High performance cold air induction kit
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.
  • Uprated intercooler
  • 1 step colder spark plugs
  • Focus RS MK2 injectors
  • MSD340 uprated actuator and bracket
  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)

Optional hardware:

  • Block Mod highly recomended.

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory driveability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.

 

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.
  • RS Firmware upgrade available (See ST-RS Tab)


Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £449.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD 360 (480Nm and 360PS)
Well into modified Focus RS performance territory now!
The MSD360 requires all the components of the MSD340 as well as a hybrid turbochargers and a high pressure and capacity fuel pump. (NOTE: High flow is NOT the same as high pressure... the standard fuel pump pressure is not ideal for high manifold pressures)

This calibration was originally designed around the Devil Developments ST225 hybrid turbocharger and requires the same one or at least one very similar in specification. When allied to all the listed supporting hardware you can expect to be achieving around 480NM and 360PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • High performance cold air induction kit
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.
  • Uprated intercooler
  • Uprated High Pressure and capacity fuel pump.
  • Devil Developments ST225 hybrid turbocharger (or equiv)
  • MSD340 uprated actuator and bracket
  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)
  • Uprated Plenum.
  • 1 step colder spark plugs
  • Block Mod and forged internals.

Optional hardware:

  • Focus RS clutch and flywheel strongly recommended.

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory driveability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.

 

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.
  • RS Firmware upgrade available (See ST-RS Tab)


Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £499.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD 400 (480+Nm and 400PS)
Well into seriously fast car territory now!
Some of the standard management systems components cant keep up anymore so we need to start adding a few things from the Focus RS. Take most of the MSD 360 components but also add on a Focus RS Crossover, MAF, Pressure sensor and its turbocharger. Then add 5 Bosch 550cc fuel injectors and you have an engine ready to produce 480NM and 400PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery. Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

  • High performance cold air induction kit
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.
  • Uprated intercooler
  • Focus RS Crossover, MAF and pressure sensor.
  • Uprated High Pressure and capacity fuel pump.
  • Bosch 550cc Injectors
  • Focus RS turbocharger.
  • Turbosmart 7psi actuator with correct 3mm pre-load
  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)
  • Uprated Plenum.
  • 2 step colder spark plugs
  • Block Mod and forged internals.

Optional hardware:

  • Focus RS clutch and flywheel strongly recommended.

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.
  • RS Firmware upgrade incorporated. (See ST-RS Tab)

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £599.00 inc vat.
(Includes diagnostics and test drive to asses vehicle pre and post tune condition)

MSD Bespoke calibration solutions

MSD 400 - 600

We recognise that there are many hardware specifications out there and sometimes we need to calibrate to suit your own bespoke hardware build. From MSD400 onwards we tend to be dealing with a variety of different turbochargers.

 

Example hardware specification:

  • High performance cold air induction kit
  • Full 3" free flow exhaust system with sports cat.
  • Uprated intercooler
  • Focus RS Crossover, MAF and pressure sensor.
  • Uprated High Pressure and capacity fuel pump.
  • Bosch 550 / 650 / 750 cc Injectors
  • Garrett GTX2867R / GT3076R / Etc.
  • Internal or external wastegate
  • Turbosmart uprated compressor bypass valve (Recirc or 50/50)
  • Uprated Plenum.
  • 2 step colder spark plugs
  • Block Mod.

Standard Calibration Features
As with all our calibrations, full torque control and safety features will be retained.

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Dash shift light feature activated. (Shift point varies with engine temperature)
  • Gear optimised torque curves for maximum traction.
  • RS Firmware upgrade incorporated. (See ST-RS Tab)

Personalisations Available:

  • Idle speed setpoint customisation
  • Engine rev limit customisation.
  • Factory launch control setpoint customisation.
  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted).
  • Overrun burbles activated.

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimisations available on request.
  • High octane fuel optimisations available on request. (100+ RON)

 

Total cost of this calibration installed: £900 inc vat.
These bespoke calibrations will ONLY be available on our dyno and the price includes the dyno cell hire and 2x professional dyno operators / calibrators labour.

ST to RS conversion information.


We worked tirelessly to perfect this conversion because historically people needed to take the whole RS ABS system over to the ST and that is just too much work and expense. Back In 2013 we were the first to make the RS parts work with the ST ABS unit.

This firmware change is primarily aimed at the customer who have had a larger turbo fitted and wants to use uprated Injectors and the RS, MAF, crossover and pressure sensor. However, we also supply this conversion to clients who simply want to fit the RS Crossover and MAF.

 

*Important Note*

This firmware from us DOES NOT need the fitment of the RS ABS unit. Your ST ABS unit will work fine. The use of the uprated injectors is also optional depending on power required.

Beware:
All ECU "calibrations" are not created equally...

There are many ways to calibrate a modern vehicles ECU but the sad fact remains that a huge percentage of the tunes we see have had all the safety strategies and drive logic features removed from them. These ME9 PCM's have exceptional engine load control strategies built into them and these systems are a key reason that as standard, these vehicles drive so amazingly well. Smooth, linear and powerful to the rev limiter. And safe too... the protection strategies are incredibly complex and work alongside a very comprehensive load model in order to deliver what the driver asks, but keep the engine in one piece should things go wrong.

To recalibrate an ME9 PCM properly, from scratch as we do, takes many hundreds of hours of development on our in house dyno. But the results are worthwhile.

Rest assured that when we calibrate a vehicles PCM we retain:

  • Full load model remains intact. (This is what makes the vehicle drive so well)
  • Knock control system is left intact and working (Guards against detonation)
  • Over-boost limits. (Protects against over-boost due to fault)
  • Under-boost limits. (Protects turbo against air leaks)
  • Full Engine speed limits. (Raised if the tune would benefit)
  • Exhaust temp load profiling. (Takes over if EGT exceeds limits)
  • Fuel flow limit air control. (Takes over if you run too lean)
  • Coolant temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • All the ECU Limp home strategies. (These are what get you home!)
  • All of the 300+ fault codes are retained so your ECU can report faults.

The above may look and read like common sense?
You are right... retaining everything above is desirable, but to do so requires an understanding of how these load modelled systems work so that we can actually "recalibrate" the various sub-systems to work the way we want them to, whilst targeting higher airflow and power levels.

Sadly, because all of the above strategies will, by their very nature, fight our efforts to create extra airflow, many amateurs find ways to just disable the limits, often by "de-calibrating" the system so it will allow extra airflow.

We regularly see calibrations with various anticipation and prediction systems switched off, load limits flat-lined, air load limits totally disabled, fuel flow limits deleted, knock systems de-sensitised, the list goes on, its quite disappointing to see.

How would you know?
That’s a good question, and it depends just how bad they have de-calibrated the system.

Lets face a simple fact here... if you have a vehicle with a virtually standard engine and turbo that drove perfectly well before a re-calibration, extending its headroom wont make it drive or perform worse during normal driving. Why would it? No reason at all. Same engine, same air path, same hardware. So it should drive the same, but be faster at big throttle openings.

Now, if they have "only" removed all the safety limits (running more boost than a 3bar map sensor can see for example) then the vehicle will still drive perfectly well if the rest of the system has been recalibrated to properly request the load needed for the torque the conversion makes. That kind of calibration will just have no safety limits in place should anything go wrong. hopefully it wont, so all is well.


However, if you start to disable the load targeting system, or make a mess of recalibrating it then you end up with all manner of horrible drive-ability problems. Aggressive throttle, unpredictable or surging power delivery, doesn’t want to just cruise along at a set speed, these are all very common when a confused ECU tries to deliver closed loop airflow control with a broken model.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, some of these de-calibrated strategies are of course firing out fault codes so we see some with all 300+ codes just deleted so the ECU cant report them. This in turn disables all the limp home strategies designed to take control and get you home in the event of component failure.

Sadly, this is the reality of modern tuning... Take care out there!

Further reading:

If this has wet your appetite to know more about how your Ford Focus ST MK2 ME9 management strategy in the PCM works, you may well enjoy my series of 3 blogs about a quite similar system.

Blog 1 of 4. Understanding Ford Ecoboost Torque Control

(There are more located in our main technical info section with Stus other 70+ magazine articles)

Coming Soon...

Here is a customers Focus ST 225 after doing our ST-RS conversion up to MSD340

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