FOCUS COSWORTH TAKES A BOW
British tuner creates 330hp one-off ST for Ford
The iconic Brit engineering firm (currently up for sale) has managed to extract 330hp from the same two-litre turbo Ecoboost engine that makes 250hp in the ST. Even Radical in its reworking of the same engine could 'only' make 300hp.
No, the interesting thing there is the engine and the fact that Ford is back publically collaborating with Cosworth.
There wasn't much information from Cosworth about HOW the power increase was achieved, although the press release does talk about "optimization of the exhaust and induction systems". We'd wager the engineers have lashed on a ruddy big turbo, delivering the punch but also lag of the sort that used to make the original Escort Cosworth from the early 90s so interesting to drive.
The Focus is one of five that Ford is showing at SEMA, and officially the link is between Cosworth and Ford Racing. Maybe Ford over there doesn't realize the strong historical bond between Cosworth and its performance road cars we know over here...
Cosworth's last big job for Ford on its performance road cars in this segment was the 170hp engine for the Focus ST170. That was an impressive tuning of the Duratec two-litre of the sort that Cosworth still does for customer cars. The BAC Mono for example has a 280hp Cosworth-tuned Duratec that goes very nicely indeed.
Ford definitely shouldn't buy Cosworth (we like a bit of variety), but wouldn't it be nice to see that badge attached to its extreme performance machines again?