FOCUS RS MK2
After finally finding the car of his dreams, Ceri Morgan set about tuning it – and he didn’t stop until he’d created this 826bhp monster!
Subtle looks disguise the 826bhp fury that lurks within.
Sourcing the perfect car can be a nightmare. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a list of things that it must have, from a specific colour, to particular options and if you do manage to find something that ticks all the boxes, someone else will get there first. But sometimes, the moon and stars align and things are just meant to be.
“I’d always thought the Focus RS Mk2 would be a dream car, right from when it was first launched,” says Ceri Morgan. “I said to myself that one day I’d own one, so four years ago, when I had the money, I started looking for one.” A man with very specific requirements, it proved tricky to find the right car. “It had to have Alcantara Recaros, sat nav, and, ideally be in white, but I couldn’t find one anywhere,” he explains. Then, while out at work on a recovery and with a lorry in tow, fate stepped in. “I was driving past a BMW dealer, when I spotted a white Focus RS for sale,” smiles Ceri. “I pulled over and went inside for a look. It had all the options I wanted and was up for £22k with just 15k on the clock, so I said I’d give them £21,500
right now and they agreed.” With the deal done, he jumped back in his recovery truck and finished his day’s work – although this time, with a big smile on his face.
“I picked the car up a few days later, which happened to be my birthday,” says Ceri. “It was a cracking present to myself,” he laughs. “It’s funny, because I almost bought a blue one the week before, but something stopped me – it was clearly meant to be.”
Aside from being in a mint condition, the RS benefited from a Mountune MP350 package. “It lasted about a week before I decided it wasn’t quick enough,” smiles Ceri and after doing some research, he plumped for a Revo 400 set-up. “I went to RS Direct to buy the hardware and then fitted it all myself.” But the newfound power upgrade didn’t last very long…
“A few people suggested I get the engine forged, especially if I was looking to get more power in the future (which he clearly was), so I called BD Performance and they asked what my plans were. I said I’d like to go for 500bhp one day and they replied, ‘why not do it now?’” Ceri continues, “The next thing I knew, I had a fully built engine with a GT35 and 600bhp!” Ok, it didn’t happen quite as fast as that, but he certainly didn’t hang around.
Now, this was around two-years ago and since then Focus RS power games have become a little more intense. “I spoke to BD Performance and said I’d like to go for 700bhp. They told me I should go for a ‘sidewinder’ manifold,” he continues. “I wasn’t sure at this stage as it involved cutting the battery tray to make it fit, but before I could say anything Scott sent me a photo of the tray cut in half, with the caption ‘Whoops!’” All joking aside, the sidewinder made perfect sense and with a mighty Precision 6466 turbo strapped to it, things were shaping up nicely.
“At this stage the only thing holding us back was fitting a big-valve head, so once this was completed, the car went to Horsham Developments.” Says Ceri. “I asked them for 800bhp and they came back with 826.4bhp – I was blown away,” he adds.
Now, Ceri is the first to admit that this is the full-fat ‘dyno queen’ number that was achieved at 2.4-bar of boost, on race fuel. For day-to-day use he runs it at 2-bar to give 670bhp on its high boost setting (“which shreds the front tyres”) and a medium 1.8-bar setting, which still gives a healthy 550bhp and is more than enough to worry pretty much every supercar he comes across.
Part of the appeal with this Focus RS
“The car went to Horsham Developments. I asked them for 800bhp and they came back with 826.4bhp – I was blown away!”
is that Ceri has the kept it relatively stock looking on the outside. Ok, it has a few tasty additions such as the Triple R splitter and Monkey Wrench headlight conversion, but in a world filled with extreme looking RSs, this one is very sedate by comparison. Which is exactly how Ceri likes it. “I always thought the styling was bang on with the Mk2 RS, so I didn’t want to add a fancy wrap or bodykit. I like the fact that others see it as a nice car, but don’t realise it’s got so much power.”
Key to the success of this big-power build is the Syvecs management; which Ceri can’t rate highly enough. “It’s got rolling anti-lag, launch control, flat shift – the
lot.” It’s a significant investment, but really does a fantastic job. With so much power available, the next step is to convert this fierce front-wheel drive into awesome all-wheel drive. “We’re working on a Volvo-based system, but it’s all top secret right now,” smiles Ceri. “We already have the donor car, but there’s a lot of custom fabrication required. I love the rolling acceleration of the car, but I miss that offthe-line standing start, which the all-wheel drive system will fix.”
Aside from the savage power, Ceri has focused on the interior. It’s been finished in Alcantara and really lifts the quality of the inside. Everything has been covered in the soft-touch fabric and complemented by a cool blue stitching. The classy cabin is finished off with some tasty gauges including a Toucan touch screen for the Syvecs.
So there we have it. A chance spotting during a day’s work has led Ceri to create the Focus RS he’d always dreamed of. It’s immaculately presented, looks stunning and has savage power. All that’s left now is the four wheel drive conversion, and he’ll be untouchable.
Precision 6466 turbo is mounted on a ‘sidewinder’ manifold and lives where the battery used to be
The interior retrim in Alcantara with blue stitching is gorgeous
Toucan touch screen control works in harmony with the Syvecs ECU