Thursday, 2 August 2012 1:36 PM
The whole idea behind Ford’s new 1-litre, 3-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine is that it matches diesel economy and keeps the smoothness of petrol power. Petrol is also a fair chunk cheaper at the pumps right now, too.
So why turn up the power with a Superchips ECU remap; pushing the 123bhp motor up to 139bhp, and with a decent little dollop of extra torque? Well, Superchips say that if you drive the remapped Focus EcoBoost in a like-for-like manner that ‘economy will not be adversely affected’. And that’s economy, by the way, that Ford quote at over 55mpg on the combined cycle.
The new ECU map is available on the firm’s Bluefin ‘Plug-in and go’ DIY programming handset, enabling Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost owners to enjoy a fully reversible performance upgrade to their ECU and therefore engine power, without even lifting the bonnet.
Dyno testing has shown that the Superchips EcoBoost remap produces a maximum power gain of 16bhp at 4728rpm, while peak torque is increased by 36Nm at 2296rpm, which should allow drivers to shift up gears even earlier with even greater useable torque. Good for overtakes, too.
No technical skills are needed to install the remap as Superchips customers simply plug the Bluefin handset into the Focus’ diagnostic port and then follow the on-screen instruction; a process which is said to take a few moments.
Alternatively, customers can visit one of 80 Superchips performance centres where trained technicians can undertake the procedure. All customers will get a full Customer Service Guarantee and a 12-month / 30,000-mile vehicle warranty.
The Superchips Bluefin costs £455.00 and is on sale now.
By Daniel Anslow
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