The 2017 FordFair sees mountune as the headline sponsor for the fifth consecutive year and as the biggest Ford show in Europe, it’s one that the whole team look forward to, almost as much as the 20,000 visitors that typically attend. mountune’s stand will be bigger and better than ever for 2017 – we’ve got loads planned, but here’s a small taster of what you can expect.
Followers of the 2017 TOCA British Touring Car Championship will no doubt be familiar with the name Mat Jackson. Mat is campaigning the Team Shredded Wheat Motorbase Performance-prepared Ford Focus in this year’s championship, powered by the somewhat more potent mountune version of Ford’s EcoBoost engine. Mat will be on hand to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and will be out on track in some mountune powered Ford’s throughout the day.
The mountune Fleet
The mountune engineering team have built up quite a collection of development/test cars over the past few years, and as always there will be a selection of them on the show stand to showcase the latest and greatest products available for each of them. As well our mighty Mk3 Focus RS sporting the latest power upgrades (amongst other new additions), we’ll also be bringing along our MR410 Focus ST, MR265 Fiesta ST and Mustang RTR.
Exclusive Track Session
For those of you that have booked track time, you will have the chance to tackle the awesome curves of the famous Silverstone circuit in your own car, along with dozens of other mountune owners. Out on the race track, you’ll be able to put your Ford through its paces without the worry of sticking to the speed limits, and with everything from the little MP135 Fiesta Zetec-S, right up to the hugely powerful Focus RS M380 welcome to take part, you’ll be in very good company. There may even be a BTCC driver out there enjoying some of the mountune fleet of test cars…
If you fancy picking up some nicely discounted official mountune parts for your beloved Blue Oval, or just a cool new T-Shirt and baseball cap, then Ford Fair is definitely the place to be! In previous years there have been some huge discounts off most of the mountune product range, with everything from hoodies, beanies and Smug Mugs, all the way up to exhaust systems and even upgrade kits heavily discounted. The queues seem to get longer every year, so but don’t panic, we’ll be bringing more tills, more staff and more stock than ever before!
As previously mentioned, not only is the famous mountune Garage back for another year, it has doubled in size to meet the huge demand for the free fitting service. The team of mountune technicians have wheeled their tool boxes all the way to Silverstone loaded with everything they need to transform your car with selected mountune goodies that you can buy on the day. Not only that, they won’t even charge you for the privilege… Yep, that’s right, FREE fitting of all pre-selected products on the day – subject to availability and workshop space. See you on the mountune stand at 9am, Sunday August 6th!
Besides Cars & Coffee, and launching our new showroom and waiting area (#mountunehub), the development team have been working hard this month to bring you more mountune performance parts, across a range of models.
Unsurprisingly, whilst with us most recently, Tim couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of our MR265 to review, and despite the rain, gave the car a good run-in down the nearby Essex country lanes. “What a blast, this is ridiculous” he exclaimed as he got to grips with the car's “go-kart” feel.
Shmee noted that the Fiesta wanted to “dart down countryside lanes” and admired the MR265 upgrade kit with its hybrid turbocharger, calibration, large capacity intercooler and high-flow intake for its additional 30 percent performance increase over the standard car.
“I knew it was going to feel quick, but not this quick. What a barrel of laughs. Genuine hilarity. Brilliant, brilliant package – I am genuinely loving this,” he laughed.
Shmee told fans that for darting down country roads, “what else would you want to be in?” He added that the Fiesta had opened his eyes to what hot hatches are capable of, noting that: “It's not afraid of lighting up the tyres. It’s a 256bhp fun machine, it’s just entertaining to drive.”
Back at the workshop, Shmee had also opted for further upgrades to his RS, namely the mountune Axle-Back Exhaust system, now fully endorsed by Ford. Filming the process, he said he was surprised by the quick fitment turnaround and couldn't wait for the first start-up of the car once installed. “Oh goodness, that is raspier - I like that a lot - I am very very pleased about this”.
With unpredictable popping and banging as he drove away from the workshop, Shmee took his now noisier RS for a sport mode spin, smiling the whole time. “That’s what we’re talking about there - utterly brilliant - I think I’m in for many many happy miles driving this.”
Commenting that the RS was already brilliant, Shmee added that, complete with the mountune axle-back exhaust, “it’s now even better, which is exactly how we want it!”
Before leaving mountune HQ grinning (again), Shmee went through his list of options of what to do to the car next… I think we’ve got you covered there Tim!
The weather was LA perfect and enthusiasts had their car's spotless for the Tony Harmer photo studio. The event was action packed with RC cars, video games, food trucks, custom T Shirt studio, and just people generally hanging out. Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin JR were also out signing autographs and checking out the rides.
mountune USA were invited to display our RS and the crowd pleasing 250bhp 1968 mountune powered Escort. It was a great event promoting everything awesome about the ST line and we are looking forward to the next Ford Performance ST Meetup... hopefully sooner than later.
After last year's successful Dirt Rally, Codemasters are aiming to take "the passion and authenticity of off-road racing to the next level" with their latest creation, Dirt 4. A headline addition new to Dirt 4 is 'Your Stage', in which you choose a location and tweak a few parameters, and the game generates a unique rally stage according to your request. You can then race your new track, share it with your friends and challenge them to beat your time.
Since the introduction of the Rallycross entry level, Supercar Lites in 2013, mountune Racing has built and supplied naturally aspirated 2.4-litres de-stoked units for the complete Lites grid and continues to offer both engine and track support globally for each round. Dirt 4 incorporates this Lites car and lets you race one for yourself - and we can't wait to get behind the wheel!
Dirt4 will be available June 9th 2017 across a selection of gaming platforms.
Further afield, mountune-powered race machinery was also easy to spot, like the eye-catching 2017 BTCC Team Shredded Wheat Focus ST and their recently announced driver lineup of Mat Jackson, Depper and Davenport. The covers also came off the newly announced RX2 support series, MRF’s single-seater was on display and the ever-impressive MONO was being exhibited by the BAC team… all of which being powered by mountune race engines.
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!
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For the 2016 season, the China Touring Car Championship saw various changes to the series format, including a new 2x 35km Race configuration, and mountune powered Changan Ford FRD Team also made some alterations to their championship campaign this year.
Completing in the Super Cup 2.0T class, progressing from the 1.6 category in 2015, the team signed British Driver Dan Wells who made history in 2016 as the first non-Chinese driver to race in the CTCC, competing in four of the eight meetings across the season, the maximum permitted for an international driver.
The Formula Racing Development owned manufacturers team saw great success this season with multiple pole positions, various individual podiums and several 1-2-3 finishes, and had done enough to take the 2016 Manufacturer's Title this weekend, before the final race in Shanghai Tianma circuit had even begun.
Our mountune designed and built turbocharged EcoBoost engine powered all four of the Ford Focus 2.0T hatchbacks, upgraded from the saloon model of 2015, and contributed to the strong package that produced this winning results, that is car, team and driver.
Congratulations to the Changan Ford Racing team from all of us at mountune!