Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson took the Germany RX win this month in his mountune powered Ford Fiesta ST, claiming his first every victory in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Starting on the second row of the grid in the 2016 final, Eriksson stunned his competitors as he pulled off an epic sideways move from the outside and managed to take the lead, which he retained for the rest of the race.
“I am speechless,” explained Eriksson, who has become the seventh different winner in World RX this year. “I saw Petter lead off the start and planned to stay behind him but then I saw an opportunity to go on the outside and hoped for the best. Somehow it worked! I felt I had really good speed throughout the weekend and to beat these guys you need to be driving at your very best. This weekend, everything came together and we got the consistency I needed to take the win.”
The Ford-based Duratec 4-cylinder turbo engines, designed and built by mountune utilising an Olsbergs MSE head casting, are constantly undergoing vigorous programs of testing and development to further improve the engines performance output and reliability, and have powered the Olsbergs drivers to the podium on numerous occasions claiming four manufacturers and drivers' championship titles between 2011-2014.
Building on the hugely popular Fiesta ST MR230 upgrade kit - which maximised the reliable and safe performance output of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost whilst retaining the standard turbocharger, the MR265 turns things up a few clicks on the performance dial! The MR265 builds upon the hardware found in the MR230 upgrade and in addition adds; a new hybrid turbocharger, high-flow rear intake pipework, silicone hoses and a larger intercooler, all fully optimised by the MR265 calibration, which is installed via our mTune handset.
Maintaining the modular approach where possible, all previously released kit hardware is retained, with the exception of the intercooler. At these higher power and torque outputs, particularly under sustained use, our original intercooler could not match the performance of our full-height variant. Whilst peak power and torque figures may not be achieved - certainly in warmer climates and / or under sustained use, the MR265 upgrade will still be available to MP/MT215 and MR230 owners that have already purchased our original intercooler, at a reduced cost - check out the matrix below for the various MR265 pricing options.
So how does MR265 stack up against our Ford-endorsed MP215 upgrade and our smile-inducing MR230? Well, it packs an additional 50Nm of torque over MP215 and 30Nm above MR230, whilst power is 50PS up when compared to MP215 and 35PS over MR230. There's no doubting that the additional performance is hugely impressive; maintaining and combining impressive turbo response and silky-smooth drivability, with a relentless wall of torque that's mated in harmony with a top end that just wants to just keep revving!
Complete MR265 hardware kit list:
|• High-flow induction kit||• High-flow primary induction hose||• Uprated intercooler|
|• Sports cat / downpipe||• Cat-back exhaust||• High-flow charge pipe kit|
|• mTune handset with MR265 calibration||• high-flow rear intake pipework and hoses||• Hybrid MR265 turbocharger|
|• Camshaft timing tool (revised cam timing)||• New turbo oil feed, gaskets, bolts and studs|
N.B. Prices do not include installation.
At the heart of the MR265 upgrade is the hybrid turbocharger which has been developed by the mountune engineering team and is produced for us by the team at Owen Developments.
The standard unit was at its maximum safe operating limit around 230PS so the turbo has been substantially re-worked to provide the uprated, reliable boost (see what we did there?) in performance required for MR265. Incorporated in the costs of all of the upgrade versions is also a new oil feed, required gaskets, studs and nuts, meaning the only thing the end-user requires is an oil and filter change - this must be performed after the new turbo has been installed and before the engine is run.
Once the final components arrive with us in stock, MR265 will be made immediately available (excluding the USA), so stay tuned to our social channels to be the first to know when you can take the next step in realising your Fiesta ST's full potential!
The rear high-flow intake pipework and our larger intercooler will also be made available to purchase separately.
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This weekends penultimate BTCC round at Silverstone Circuit saw mountune powered Motorbase Performance take three podium wins and edge even closer to that championship title.
Race 1's frantic action on the track was nothing compared to the post-race drama, which saw the two MG drivers get disqualified for a technical infringement, resulting in mountune powered Andrew Jordan, who had crossed the line in 4th, now being handed the second place finish.
Action packed Race 2 saw Jordan on form again as he took the lead in lap eight, after starting in p2, and crossed the line with less than a 1 second lead. “It was hard work,” said Jordan. “I think I’ve done myself a bit of an injury celebrating! We needed that". Jordan's Race 1 & 2 podium finishes sees the 2013 Champion keep his aspirations for a second British Touring Car Championship drivers’ title alive, currently sitting in 6th position with 3 races left this season.
Another thrilling final Race saw Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson start in p3 thanks to a reverse grid draw with a P2 finish in the #7 mountune powered Focus. This result also keeps Mat's championship title dreams alive, now sitting just 21 points behind the leader in the Drivers Standings.
The mountune powered Subaru's also made points this weekend with Turkington & Plato now sitting in 7th & 8th respectively. With just one event and three highly-anticipated BTCC races remaining this season, Brands Hatch is set to be the most exciting race this year, with just 37 points separating the top seven drivers and 67 still on offer at the season finale in 2 weeks time.
After months of talking and planning with Monster Energy athlete Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his team we're pleased to announce that mountune have been appointed the Exclusive European Distributor of RTR parts.
In addition, complete Spec 1 or Spec 2 vehicle kits will also be available and include everything to transform the exterior, interior and chassis of your Mustang - including exclusive RTR badging and a Vaughn Gittin Jr. signed interior dash plate.
All RTR 2015/16 Mustang components will be available to order via the mountune dealer network, or directly online from October 2016 - a full fitting service is also available at mountune's HQ in Essex.
mountune's 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang has already been upgraded to a full Spec 1 car, the first in the UK and features an extensive list of RTR body and chassis parts; combined with the recently released mountune M335 power upgrade kit, this Mustang is definitely Ready To Rock!
Psstt, did you know that you can now order any mountune products, via the online store or through our UK HQ's workshop and pay using a finance plan?
As long as you're in the UK, you could get any item over £500 on an interest free plan spreading the cost over 6-months or 24-months*, with or without a deposit, and can also include fitting at our Essex HQ.
Simply choose to pay via Divido at the Payment Options page when checking out at www.mountunestore.com, where you'll also see your monthly breakdown costs, or call our workshop to place your order.
mountune performance parts for less than a tank of fuel every month? Win.
*6-months option at 0% APR representative - 24-months option at 12.9% APR representative.
The concluding chapter in our three-phase performance parts Focus RS launch has been unveiled this week featuring not one, but two power upgrade kits. A fully Ford-backed FPM375 developed together with Ford Performance, and a mountune M380 version that further increases power and torque and that includes an mTune handset offering multiple new features.
The M380 upgrade uses the induction kit and re-circ valve utilised as part of the Ford-endorsed FPM375 upgrade and in addition includes a Sound Suppression Chamber and an mTune handset, with a retail of £1050 inc. VAT.
Once installed, power is increased to 380PS with 530Nm available from 3250rpm; enough to reduce the 0-62mph time to just 4.4secs!
The M380 kit is applied using an mTune handset which also incorporates additional calibrations and benefits above the standard mTune feature list:
• M380 - mountune M380 calibration
• M380 + EXH - mountune M380 calibration with optimised exhaust tuning for the mountune axle-back exhaust
• M380 + EXH TRACK - Same as above but aimed at track day users with pops and bangs removed to avoid excessive noise.
• M380 + TRACK - mountune M380 calibration with no pops for use with a standard exhaust on track to avoid excessive noise.
• Anti-theft mode - an additional layer of security that once enabled prevents the engine from starting.
• Standard base calibration.
As with all mTune, upto 6 gauges are also available to monitor OBD channels together with data-logging, performance meters for testing 0-60mph and 1/4mile times and fault-code reading.
M380 supports all EU Focus RS and is available now online at the mountune online store and from selected mountune dealers.
An RS M380 mTune-only option will be available for customers that have already purchased the required hardware, priced at £595 inc. VAT.
As well as the power kits, Phase 3 also included a lightweight axle-back exhaust saving over 3kg compared to the OE rear section. In addition, both the correct valve and motor are also supplied so there's no need to remove or swap across parts from the OE exhaust. CAD-designed and optimised, the axle back drops back-pressure - improving performance, brings your RS alive with the soundtrack it deserves and can be further optimised with the use of the exhaust calibration option on the M380 mTune handset.
A lightweight centre-section and sports cat downpipe are both in development to complement the axle-back exhaust.
As with all mountune products, these parts have been extensively tested at the Nürburgring, on dyno and proven over tens of thousands of road miles across multiple development vehicles to ensure perfect fitment, function and reliability.
Our updated Focus RS catalogue detailing our full range of power, transmission, interior and exterior upgrades is also now online, just click the image above to view it and if you missed it, why not check out part 1 of our Phase 3 video instalment below:
Part 2 of this video contains a lot of sideways tyre smoking action so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that... plus, we've got plenty more lined up for Focus RS owners over the coming months, in fact, you could say we're still only just getting started!
Today, mountune and Ford Performance announce their official power-boosting engine power upgrade kit for the mk3 Focus RS.
Ford Focus RS customers in the EU can now further enhance the award-winning performance of the acclaimed high-performance hatchback with the official Ford Performance by mountune power upgrade package.
The FPM kit includes a high-flow induction kit, uprated re-circulating valve, performance calibration and FPM badge, with a retail price of £899 inc. VAT.
Co-developed by mountune and Ford Performance, the approved upgrade boosts peak power from the specially engineered Ford 2.3‑litre EcoBoost engine by 25 PS to 375 PS and peak torque by 40 Nm to 510 Nm using overboost. The Ford Focus RS achieves improved 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration in 4.5 seconds with the top speed remaining at 165mph (266 km/h).
“Ford has a proud history of working with Mountune to unleash even more power from our hot hatchbacks for dedicated performance enthusiasts,” said Tyrone Johnson, vehicle engineering manager, Ford Performance. “Boosting power to 375 PS launches the already class-leading Focus RS even further ahead of the field.”
Any Mountune-appointed Ford dealer will be able to fit the upgrade in 1.5 hours and it is fully compatible with the Ford warranty, meaning Ford Performance by Mountune Focus RS vehicles will continue to be covered against mechanical failure.
This weekends BTCC round at Snetterton didn't disappoint with non stop action and several podium wins for the mountune powered teams.
Race 1 of the day saw Turkington cross the line first after the Silverline Subaru BMR driver battled his way through in lap eight. The top step podium makes Turkington the first three-time race winner of 2016, following his Race 1 wins at Croft and Oulton Park earlier this season. Jackson, challenging his way from fifth on the grid, took a third place finish in Race 1 in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, claiming a podium on the team’s 300th BTCC race.
Jackson made his mark securing victory in a thrilling Race 2, twice muscling past pole man turkington off the grid, after a red flag before the end of lap one meant a restart. The first place finish took Jackson to a total of two wins this season, with Turkington again taking a podium step in Race 2, this time in 2nd place.
We're looking forward to seeing the guys in action again in Rounds 19,20 & 21 at Knockhill on August 13/14th.