Sep 12, 2014 update to the Ford SVT Focus project car

Dyno Time for the Focus

A dyno is the best way to see what you're starting with.
But first, an oil change.
Don't forget to strap down the car.
Besides the fancy spark plugs, these aren't performance parts. But there's no sense in paying for dyno time, then showing up with broken plug wires and a dirty air filter.
EFS Combust: because why not?
Superchips kindly lets us use their dyno. They also make some awesome tuners.

Before we got too crazy with our Ford Focus SVT, we wanted to see what we were starting with. So, we headed to the Superchips dyno for a few baseline runs. While we were there, we did a little maintenance, too. We put parts-store plug wires and a fresh air filter on the car, as well as a new set of Pulstar spark plugs. Just for our own amusement, we poured in a bottle of EFS Combust, too.

The result: 151 horsepower and a car that runs smoother than it did before.

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BobOfTheFuture
BobOfTheFuture Dork
4/6/15 12:23 p.m.

What about the torques!?

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
4/6/15 12:57 p.m.

Isn't that about the factory rating.

I'm sure those Pulstar plugs helped.

Oh we can't forget the EFS Combust also.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
4/6/15 2:48 p.m.
BobOfTheFuture wrote: What about the torques!?

Look for that number in an upcoming issue of GRM.

yamaha
yamaha MegaDork
4/6/15 3:34 p.m.
iceracer wrote: Isn't that about the factory rating.

Factory rating is 170hp at the crank....I'll assume the superchips dyno is a bit on the happy side?

Mitchell
Mitchell UltraDork
4/6/15 3:39 p.m.

Back when mine was Dyno'ed back in 2007 via GRM, it recorded about 145 at the wheels. Mine feels just as strong now, so 151 seems reasonable.

rcutclif
rcutclif HalfDork
4/6/15 3:45 p.m.
Mitchell wrote: Back when mine was Dyno'ed back in 2007 via GRM, it recorded about 145 at the wheels. Mine feels just as strong now, so 151 seems reasonable.

Well, the website for those plugs advertises up to 7 HP gain, coincidence? I think not!

yamaha
yamaha MegaDork
4/6/15 4:02 p.m.

In reply to rcutclif:

Plugs are bullE36 M3, its why I use copper.

Remember the bosch platinum #'s that claimed that in years past? Just a different dyno can cause that difference.

Mitchell
Mitchell UltraDork
4/6/15 5:02 p.m.

I changed my plugs recently as well, so coupled with my die-cut GRM sticker, I'm probably up to the full 170 hp at the wheels.

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
4/6/15 5:35 p.m.
yamaha wrote:
iceracer wrote: Isn't that about the factory rating.

Factory rating is 170hp at the crank....I'll assume the superchips dyno is a bit on the happy side?

Understood. I was just going by the general 15% drivetrain loss.

151 Plus 15% - 173.

yamaha
yamaha MegaDork
4/6/15 8:13 p.m.

In reply to iceracer:

My math was a little bit off and came up with 12.xx% which could just be a healthy car....which would be unusual considering the milage on it, but not completely unheard of.

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