Ford Focus ST225 Race Car

After deciding to venture into another race series to try and promote the business we found a nice built race car that we could tweak the last bits to further show case our capabilities. This Focus ST225 that had already been built and previously raced in the UK Time Attack had passed through a couple of different owners before being brought to our workshop. It came with a reputed 500 bhp (flywheel power) and three different maps on the ECU, so first things first it was put on the dyno to check it out. A quick check over of fluid levels and a warm up on the dyno revealed that we had potentially been over sold the car, it was only producing 324 bhp at the hubs. We were disappointed to say the least but it was a good starting point. The ECU was checked over and all appeared ok, the three maps that we thought were there weren't but that could be easily modified with the way the Syvecs ECU and software work. Upon checking through the car we spotted that the boost control pipes to the external wastegate had become very brittle due to them passing very close to the exhaust manifold. The intake pipe work was removed to reveal the extent of the heat damage and it was then that we noticed the vacum lines had been plumbed up incorrectly and the boost control wasn't working. This was rectified and the vacum lines placed inside some Funk Motorsport heat sleeving. Once back on the Dyno with the laptop plugged into the ECU the power was up and where it should be for the reputed 500 bhp at the flywheel. We were pushing 469 bhp at the hubs running 1.9 bar of boost. We are now currently installing some aero in the form of a BYC rear wing and custom making a front splitter with partial flat floor. We are planning to race this in the CSCC Turbo Tin Tops which is a 40 minute race with mandatory pit stop for a driver change (if you want to). 

More to come....

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