Camera in hand, Burton filmed and narrated as the induction kit, crossover duct, re-circulation valve and ECU calibration were fitted before taking it back out on the road, and the grin on his face during the drive summed it up. Describing the difference as “fascinating”, Burton said he could “feel that it's faster immediately”, before adding “You have more of that push back in the seat feel – and that is how you make a cool car, even cooler.”
Already a devotee of the 2016 Focus RS, Burton commented on the increased induction noise, quicker acceleration and improved torque since fitting the Ford approved mountune power upgrade kit, and with a selection of warranted performance parts also available, he considered his next move. “What more could you want?", he asked, “I‘m a big fan of the Focus RS, I love driving it, and now I feel like I love driving it even more,” he added in his video.
Burton was equally as impressed with his tour of mountune HQ – inspecting the engines being built by the racing team and admiring the red and gold Alan Mann Racing MK1 Escort. Spotting the GT40's in the workshop he commented that “you don’t realise how special those are”, and got excited for his incoming new generation Ford GT.
A drive in mountune's own Mk3 RS with the full M380 Power Upgrade Kit, Axle-Back Exhaust System and mountune wheels did even more to win him over. “It's like an addiction,” he says, giving the accelerator a little stab through a tunnel. “It’s a no-brainer really, to come down to mountune. A perfect car made even more perfect with the mountune kit.”
Blown away by the service in the mountune HQ Workshop, Shmee commented that the upgrades are “definitely worth doing”, and smiled in the knowledge that his drive back to London that day would be far more enjoyable after his mountune experience.
How long until Burton is back for the catalogue of additional warranted RS upgrades? Watch this space!
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!
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!
Have you seen the latest mountune Focus RS Literature? Now updated with the newly released Phase 2 performance upgrades, you can view all the available RS products digitally and purchase all items online, or via our global dealer network.
Good news for mountune Mk2 Focus ST and RS owners that have been asking us about mTune support...
MP260 and MR290 calibrations for Focus ST and MP350 (Focus RS500), MR375 and MR420 for Focus RS are now available to pre-order. All versions of mTune cost £449 (inc. VAT) but pre-order yours by Sunday 5th June and you'll save £50 by using promo code MTUNE when checking-out.
Pre-order your mTune now: Focus ST | Focus RS
Also new this month and available to pre-order now is the Mk2 Focus ST MR310 power upgrade kit.
This upgrade is based on a vehicle already equipped with the mountune MR290 hardware and in addition adds:
• High-flow Focus RS crossover duct
• High-flow mountune Focus RS airbox (includes mountune Performance badge)
• High-flow dual-entry air filter
• High-flow silicone induction hoses (available in four colours)
• Focus RS GOR (slam panel cover), pipework, battery tray and hardware
• MAF sensor and adaptor harnesses
• mTune handset loaded with MR310 calibration.
Power is increased, as the kit name suggests, to 310PS, whilst torque increases to 470Nm, and the kit features include:
Pre-order your MR310 upgrade kit here.
Check out the link below where Top Gear speculate about the mountune power upgrade kit for the Mk3 RS. They seem just as excited as you guys, with good reason... http://www.topgear.com/car-news/first-look/mountune-readying-upgrades-ford-focus-rs.
The first phase of mountune RS upgrades including air filter, boost hoses, Quaife ATB and exclusive OZ Leggara wheel's are now available to buy directly from mountunestore.com and mountuneusa.com.
Today marks the release of the first phase of mountune Mk3 Focus RS performance upgrades, all of which are available to purchase from both mountunestore and mountuneusa now!
This initial phase features a selection of easy first-off modifications to improve induction noise and performance, provide shorter gear-shifts, inhibit excessive engine movement and allow interior and exterior personalisation.
As with all mountune products, these parts have been extensively tested to ensure perfect fitment, function and reliability.
With early access to development mules, calibrations and strategies, the range of upgrades and performance parts soon to be available from mountune is extensive to say the least. We're sure you'll agree too, as you follow our phased product launches.
Where's the MP power upgrade?!
The new Focus RS MK3 is one of the most exciting and dynamically advanced Ford road cars, and wears the coveted RS badge with pride. Our engineering programme to reliably extract more power and torque, whilst ensuring proper interaction with all of the cars dynamic modes, suspension and launch control has necessitated an extended durability Sign-Off.
The kit has been finalised after tens of thousands of mileage accumulation, data collection and high-speed work at the Nürburgring. However, as our final Sign-Off is not yet complete, the kit contents, cost and power figures cannot be confirmed at this time – they may still be subject to change, even at this late stage.
What we can share with you is that the power and torque improvements are very noticeable, as is the reduction in 0-60mph time and other performance attributes.
The MP kit, including its contents and all of the surrounding information we know you’re eagerly awaiting, will be revealed in the final phase of our RS launch, at which point it will be immediately available to purchase and have installed.
In the meantime, we invite you to watch our Phase 1 video below and if you didn't sign up to our Racing Line newsletter and missed the exclusive first-look at our exciting new RS performance parts catalogue, worry not as you'll be able to see it for yourself soon. Keep an eye on our blog / social channels to make sure you don't miss it!
You may remember a few months back we ran a competition for you, the enthusiasts, to design a new t-shirt to be added to our 2016 #mountunemerch apparel range. After receiving a tonne of entries, we narrowed it down to a few and Tiago Avevedo from Portugal was named the winner with his 'Fade Out' tee design, which is now available in both black & white versions via the online store.