While We Wait for the next Focus RS
There have been some rumors and some grumblings. Ford has hinted at the possibility of a 400 horsepower Ford Focus RS that will be the hot hatch for all others to chase around Nurburgring, but this hasn’t come to fruition at all so far. In fact if feels as if Ford has put this project on the back burner for the time being which leaves those of us who are anxious for this power in our Focus with a bit of an unsatisfied feeling. What can we do to have the power we want in the hot hatch we love?
Hennessey Performance Engineering offers you an option that will work to give you the increase in power you want. Hennessey has been known for creating vehicles that are absolutely insane. This is the company that brought us the Venom GT and the HPE 1000 Cadillac CTS-V, but this company will offer a kit for more reserved models as well, but I would hardly call the Ford Focus RS a reserved car. At first glance it might be one that looks like its holding back some, but this car has been admired by all for the engineering and power it brings to the market.
Fortunately for those of us who want to enjoy a great Focus with more power Hennessey feels our frustration and has put together what we want to enjoy. When you feel that 350 ponies galloping under the small angled hood of this car aren’t enough, the HPE400 Ford Focus RS comes along to satisfy your desire for more power. This car is expected to be ready for us to see in the next month and will pull a full 400 horsepower from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine while improving the midrange power by 75 horsepower and 80 lb.-ft. of torque. This will allow the car to feel quicker the entire time it’s being accelerated.
In order to make this happen, Hennessey had to alter the engine management software, add a high-flow air filter and install a new stainless steel mid pipe in the exhaust that brings in an electronic dump valve. These changes, along with the “HPE 400” and “Powered by Hennessey” badges will come with the kit which will cost you $2,995 for the parts if you want to install them yourself, but you can have Hennessey do the install for you and add a dyno tuning for the total cost of $4,995, which can certainly be worth the money for the build to be done right.
Is this new kit from Hennessey going to be the way you go with your Focus RS? I might be if you feel that “warranties be damned, I want more power” is the way you should go, because this kit hasn’t been Ford approved just yet. Possibly when Hennessey reveals the kit next month it will receive the stamp of approval needed to ensure this version of the Focus RS will give you the power you want and still be covered under your warranty.