MK2 FOCUS ST
Having owned his fair share of Fords over the years this Mk2 Focus ST found its way to Matt in what you could romantically call ‘fate’ – it wasn’t until he went to a view a car that had been sold that he saw this one! And after having a test drive he knew it was the right car for him.
Starting completely standard it was the influence from owners clubs and their everhelpful members that saw Matt first start to tap into some of the ST’s huge modifying potential. First up an exhaust, intake, intercooler, and a Revo Stage 2 map pushed power to 335bhp, but as many of us can testify, the quest for more power can be a slippery slope!
The car is now pushing out over 550bhp, and it only stops there because he’s max’d out the soon-to-be-upgraded fuel system! The engine bay is a blend of forged five-pot Duratec, Garrett GTX30 turbo, Newman cams, Airtec intercooler, 4-inch downpipe and 3-inch KMS ‘Section 18’ exhaust - all being controlled by a Syvecs ECU.
A twin plate racing clutch and Quaife ATB help tame all that power and put it down to the road. Meanwhile the exterior is kept fairly subtle considering the huge amount of power the car is producing. Some wide concave Bola wheels, an RS spoiler and rear diffuser, bonnet vents, and front splitter give an OEM+ feel to the styling.
Matt’s favourite modification has to be the Syvecs ECU though, which he says “is a serious bit of kit and I highly recommend it!”. Something we’ve heard many other big power Focus owners claim.
Future plans include pushing the car to a heady 700hp, and we can’t wait to see if he cracks it!
QUICK SPEC: 2.5-litre five-cylinder Duratec, fully forged internals, block mod, Garrett GTX30 turbo, Syvecs ECU, Newman Stage 1 cams, Group A air filter, Airtec RS Stage 2 intercooler, 3-inch KMS ‘Section 18’ exhaust system, 4-inch downpipe with de-cat, TTV racing twin-plate clutch, Quaife ATB, MTEC grooved discs and pads, BC Racing coil-overs, 18-inch bola CSR alloys, RS spoiler and diffuser
Rich Fox’s ex-cover car Focus RS made an appearance later in the day
Matt’s Mk2 ST was the most powerful Focus on the dyno, producing 556.7bhp!