"Now before you turn away, this is not another boring hybrid car thing..." Despite the slightly defensive introduction from Jay, the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage is actually pretty fascinating. The Ricardo HyBoost is a 2009 Ford Focus that has had a 1.1-liter engine swapped in for the stock 2.0-liter four. That might not get you performance enthusiasts out there fired up, until, that is, you hear that the 1.1L is also fed by both a turbocharger and an electrically driven supercharger for an instant-on "torque-fill" effect. Sounds about right, considering that Ricardo engineering is part of the genius behind the McLaren P1.

Perhaps most exciting of all, the Ricardo folks say that the package should run somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,100. A sort of performance-hybrid that makes sense for the frugal driver and the enthusiast one, then. There's a lot more to the HyBoost, all of which can be seen in the video below.


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      Neoman05
      • 9 Months Ago
      The picture/video are not of a 2009 Focus. At minimum, it's a 2012 model year.
      Krazeecain
      • 9 Months Ago
      Did he mention a kit at the end of the video? That would be very cool.
      Smoking_dude
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ford should offer this as option. For this price it is a really good offer. Especially if one consideres the success of their 1.0 liter engine. It is quite popular. Also the supercapacitors for the stop start will help a lot in city traffic and coasting. this is a nice and easy setup.
      radroach
      • 9 Months Ago
      The FR-S / BRZ community have been working with an electric supercharger ( Phantom ESC) setup which provides 4lbs of boost at full throttle. Uses a 24v electric compressor.
        Rotation
        • 9 Months Ago
        @radroach
        "4lbs of boost" is not how you measure a supercharger. What kind of flow does it produce? The same flow will produce different levels of boost at different RPMs. Why would people name this system after an RC speed controller?
      helloac
      • 9 Months Ago
      i don't know what alternate dimension those guys from ricardo are living in, but that has to be at least a 2012 focus, a 2009 would be from the previous generation
        berry2bury
        • 9 Months Ago
        @helloac
        that's the European spec Focus it was released there first then US got it second since the market for the focus is bigger there
          OnTheRocks
          • 9 Months Ago
          @berry2bury
          That's clearly a third generation model which came out in 2011. Everywhere.
          Kooli9
          • 9 Months Ago
          @berry2bury
          it's definately a 2011 focus - In the UK the two numbers after the first two letters signify year of manufacture/registration. 11 means march to august 2011. if it was 61 then sept 2011 til feb 2012.
      George Krpan
      • 9 Months Ago
      The link to the video does not work but it is easily found on Youtube. I can tell that most of the commenters did not watch the video. Gas mileage increased from 32 mpg to 55-60 mpg, a 72-87.5 % improvement. Zero to sixty time unchanged. Significantly more torque at significantly fewer RPM, more drivable. Less CO2 emissions. One tiny electric motor for the supercharger. 1 additional battery or supercapacitor rather than a heavy, filthy, expensive battery pack. $1100 cost over the cost of a non-hybrid turbocharged car. Possible retrofit kit for turbocharged cars. Works with manual transmission. The death knell of the Prius has been sounded. Take that Prius nerds.
      PICKLEBOY
      • 9 Months Ago
      No crap it had a 40% increase in fuel economy! You took the 2.0L engine out and but an engine half it's size in it to replace it. Compare apples to apples, I'd like to see how much it would improve the economy of the 2.0L by adding that stuff to it.
      thenewrick
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like it.
      Levine Levine
      • 9 Months Ago
      How does Leno keeps his garage floor free of tire marks? Is that pic a Photo-shop or what? . The man must have a 24/7 garage keeper on duty.
        Smoking_dude
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        He is Jay Leno ;) With all his cars of course he has staff to maintain them and keep his garage clean.
      Steven Smith
      • 9 Months Ago
      the supercharger setup might be 1100 dollars (I don't think so but go with what is stated) the setup sits on a 1.1 liter engine -not the 2.0 that comes in the car- labor alone to switch engines is more than 1100 dollars- how much more for the 1.1 engine
        EB110Americana
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Steven Smith
        They are NOT saying it's $1100 to convert a Focus. They are saying, if this were a model of Focus offered directly from Ford, it would add $1100 to the bottom line of the 2.0L model. Think of it like this, the 2.0L motor was never there, the 1.1L was spec'ed out instead. Even with all this tech (turbo, electric supercharger, integrated starter/generator, start-stop, ultracapacitors), they can do it for only $1100 more than what the standard powertrain *would have* cost. That is still very impressive.
          paulwesterberg
          • 9 Months Ago
          @EB110Americana
          Ford would certainly up-sell this package and increase the price.
          jz78817
          • 9 Months Ago
          @EB110Americana
          it's a load of hooey. The cost of the *parts* might be $1100, but it would show up as much more than that on the sticker. Ford would have to put it through durability validation and all sorts of certification testing (emissions, crash, fuel economy) which would cost several million dollars. That stuff has to be paid for somehow,
          TopGun
          • 9 Months Ago
          @EB110Americana
          Very impressive indeed! The beauty is that none of the tech is new - IC engine…turbo…supercharger…capacitors. It optimizes the drive train to where it spends most of it's time (cruise = small hp required) without the need for a plug…or expensive, heavy batteries.
      bluen
      • 9 Months Ago
      The car will not be able to be smoged in Calif because you cannot alter the motor.
      Judoka
      • 9 Months Ago
      A turbo and supercharger for $1100. Man that Procharger setup I was looking at is way overpriced!
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