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The Heel-Toe Hero – Focus RS Pedal Spacer R&D

From its conception, the RS was designed to be an enthusiast’s dream. The car is beyond agile and begs to be driven within inches of its limits, and assuming its driver is alive and breathing, they are more than happy to oblige. If you have driven a Focus RS, you know that it is happiest heading into a corner, hunkered down, with the RPMs up. With the aggressive driving style that the RS demands, comes the dark art that is heel-toe. Only the best can tame the RS with properly executed downshifts, and in return it will reward you with … Continue Reading ››

Cool Operator – Oil Cooler R&D, Part 2: Prototype Testing

High oil temperatures can shut down a track day faster than you can scream your favorite four-letter word. Unfortunately, high oil temps are already sidelining RS owners at the track. Not to worry, Team Mishi is on it!  In our last post, we took a look at the stock cooler and our plans to create a larger one. Now it’s time to construct and test our prototype.
Prototype Focus RS oil cooler bracket
Prototype Focus RS oil cooler bracket
Prototype Focus RS oil cooler bracketContinue Reading ››

Cool Operator – Oil Cooler R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

While we plan to create an entire line of cooling products for the RS, some require more immediate attention than others. The oil cooler is shaping up to be one of these items. With a stock cooler that’s less than adequate, and oil temps on track days that could make Chuck Norris sweat, we have a problem brewing.

Stock System

The stock oil cooler is a liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger and therefore relies on the radiator to cool the oil, as well as the coolant. This style of oil cooler also acts as an oil warmer, bringing the oil to operating temperature, which … Continue Reading ››

Mission In-pipe-sible – Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

This hot hatch is heating up our headquarters! We have several projects in the works, so if you have not had a chance to check them out, you can do so on the Focus RS section of our engineering blog.
Stock Focus RS intercooler piping
Stock Focus RS intercooler piping
Often, one of the first modifications to turbocharged vehicles is the intercooler. However, this time we wanted to give the spotlight to its lesser known siblings, the intercooler piping. If you have not yet had a chance to take a … Continue Reading ››

What’s cooler than bein’ cool?- Intercooler R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

Team Mishi is hard at work developing an entire line of cooling upgrades for our RS. Up to bat is one of the more popular modifications for turbo cars: the intercooler.
Stock Focus RS intercooler
Stock Focus RS intercooler
The stock Focus RS intercooler is an interesting part of this hot hatch. As soon as images of the striking front end of this car surfaced on the interwebs, many noticed that there was a black plate blocking off a portion of the intercooler, and immediately called it out. Ford explained that the … Continue Reading ››