• Dec 22nd 2009 at 1:59PM
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401-hp Ford Focus tuned Mcchip-dkr – Click above for high-res image gallery

There are few things we love more than hooning around in a vigorous, purebred sports car – and that's exactly how Mcchip-dkr describes its 401-horsepower Ford Focus RS. That's the Stage 2 version delivering the "whole-blood athlete," but if you want to work your way up to those heights, you can get the Stage 1 conversion for €799 ($1,142 USD). You'll take your hatch from 301 stock horsepower to 345 and bump torque by about 50 lb-ft to 383 with an ECU upgrade.

But if 401 is your lucky horsepower number and you like the sound of 457 lb-ft. of torque, then you'll need €4,499 ($6,421 U.S.). That pile of pounds will give you access to a new manifold, uprated intercooler, spark plugs, and a sports exhaust as well as the necessary ECU tweaks. Mcchip-dkr thankfully didn't do anything regrettable to the Focus RS' already terrific looks. What they've done with torque steer outside of the stock RS' trick Revoknuckle and limited-slip setup is anyone's guess.

Have a look at the press release after the jump, and there are more images of the car in the high-res gallery below.

[Source: Mcchip-dkr]


Focus RS with 401 HP – by Mcchip-dkr GmbH

December 2009
-- Quick as a bird and dressed with sportive elegance – these are the strengths of new Ford Focus RS. But in case of Mcchip-dkr still there is another characteristic to add: it is vigorous like a purebred sports car!

The well-known software tuner from Salzgitter/Germany has perfectly attuned the performance to the vehicle. The result is only uncompromising fun from driving but also full suitability for daily use. The engine, completely overhauled by Mcchip-dkr, reaches enormous 401 hp.

Certainly tuned by Mcchip-dkr Focus RS is an outstanding vehicle in any situation. Mcchip offers two power upratings at once. Power stage 1 transforms serial 305 hp (440 Nm) into comfortable 345 hp with no less than 520 Nm. Power stage 1 consists „only" in software optimization made by Mcchip-dkr, available for 799 Euro, and your car will easily reach the speed of 271 km/h.

However it is power stage 2 for 4,499 Euro that transforms Focus RS into a whole-blood athlete. Power stage 2 gives the car even 401 hp. That is enough to accelerate RS up to 278 km/h without any problems. In addition to that the torque equals to 612 Nm. That means powerful pulling and dynamic drive. The „big" power stage consists in the enhanced intercooler and sports exhaust system, modified inlet manifold incl. tubes, special sparking plugs as well as world famous and in-house engine electronics.

Self-confident and fast – that is the look of the recent creation by Mcchip-dkr, already available...

More information about the large Mcchip-dkr Improvement - program is available under: www.mcchip-dkr.com

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone know what hooning means? its not in the dictionary...
        • 5 Years Ago
        See also: "actin' a damn fool"
        • 5 Years Ago
        faffing about
      • 5 Years Ago
      All of the people hating on this car (and who also probably drive minivans, but that's another story) should watcg the TopGear review of this car on YouTube where Clarkson ends the clip saying that it's as much fun to drive as an R8. I wish Ford would bring this here, or at least put a hot EcoBoost in the Fiesta. You know, it is is POSSIBLE to modulate the throttle in a corner so that you don't have wild understeer.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        IIRC, Clarkson reviewed the plain Focus RS, NOT the hyped up one. I would know because I've watched every freaking TG episode from 2006 onwards. Even then he said it was still flawed as it's still only FWD.

        Who also probably drive minivans? I drive a no power anything miata(with stick). Do you drive a car with no power steering? If not, well....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Linkage to clarkson's review of 'this' car with 400hp and 457 lb ft of torque would be great. I wasn't aware he reviewed McChip's demonstrator. Thanks in advance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's a time when it's ok to stop battling torque steer and just send the power to all the wheels. This focus is WAY past that time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As pointless as it seems, it still looks really cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HMM, yes I think I'll take two, one to drive and one to decorate my telephone pole.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cobalt SS with mods.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I absolutely love the Focus RS but 401 bhp seems like too much for such little car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's really amazing all BS responses on this blog when NO ONE has driven this car, yet all these big mouths have plenty of BS and WORTHLESS opinions.

      If any of you had half a brain and knew anything about the RS and the RevoKnuckle Limited Slip front suspension you might realize this thing handles and performs better than AWD because it weighs less (costs less too) and has great traction.... DUH!!!!!!!!!

      With the new Global 2011 Focus reveal just weeks away, you will see a great new global platform car kick butt.... and yes, SVT is already working on performance variants of this platform... you will see... soon!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree greg, nobody here really knows anything about what this car is like.
        There's no track times, no race videos, nothing.

        Me personally i like the car.
        Would i drive it? no, but i grew up driving mustangs. Doesn't mean this is a bad car though.

        So soon did everyone forget that just a few years back guys in good sports car were getting spanked by the fwd srt neon with $1000 in upgrades.
        Including all those big name evo's and sti's, which sports the awd you guys say you need.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " any of you had half a brain and knew anything about the RS and the RevoKnuckle Limited Slip front suspension you might realize this thing handles and performs better than AWD because it weighs less (costs less too) and has great traction.... DUH!!!!!!!!!"

        Half a brain? Two of the automotive journalists I've spoken too who've driven it (one UK one Ireland) have both indicated it handles as well as other FWD cars (specifically mentioning NOT leaps and bounds better) - keep in mind that's a crowded segment in Europe with the Renault, various vws, etc - but no better than awd.

        Also, you're talking over 400hp and over 400lb ft of torque which will, 100% positively, overwhelm the chassis. Had you actually driven the car, you'd know it has great traction in stock trim because ford's pretty much putting the ideal amount of power down to the front wheels and walking a fine line before overpowering them. Which over 400 hp and 400 lb ft of torque most certainly will. Duhhh.

        Critical thinking skills ftw.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's really amazing that all I knew about this car was BS and WORTHLESS.

        If I had half a brain, I could have known that this car had a " RevoKnuckle Limited Slip front SUSPENSION" instead of my current knowledge " RevoKnuckle front suspension & qualife limited slip differential".

        Enough BS, RevoKnuckle and qualife's new diff. is quite revolutionary yet I don't see anything good about a 400 hp fwd car. This is definetly not a cup racer, not good for light to lighr drags, needs another 400 hp for outrunning helis for highway racing, not good for autocross duty (lift one wheel up and see the differentials different behaivior), even for track days I'll choose a non-moded one over this.

        If this was an awd, it would be a different story.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crikey, that car looks awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer VW Scirocco R or Renault Megane with Cup chassis over Focus RS. They are better cars, more practical on daily basis and have understated looks which I think goes well in today's society. These are findings & opinions coming from British and German press.

      RS was on top when it came out, but only a year later it seems to be already topped, then again current Focus came out in 2004, so it has been quite a while, yes there was the 07 facelift, but it is still behind its newly released competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh not my cup of soda
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