SEMA Build Review: Full Race Eng. Focus RS

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_jrs9504Behold, the ugliest RS Build to date. It’s like it was designed by committee and everyone got what they wanted. ‘I want a strip here’, ‘I want a stripe here!’, ‘OOOOO lets put a mustang-esq stripe on the side!’. Nothing lines up, lines are stopped in random places, and the stripe on the side is fighting the body line on the doors….and it’s losing! The black stripes on the hood are reminiscent of suspenders worn by a San Francisco hipster that showers bi-monthly, complete with orange lipstick just to prove how confused and ‘progressive’ it is as it hides in its safe space. ‘Yeah, but what about Lotus! It’s like a nod to Lotus!’ STOP IT! JUST STOP IT! The headlights are connected to the bright orange lips via stripes that complete the dirty hipster look that can only be described as a raging case of morning eye boogers. The incredible F110 billet wheels are completely lost in the design, and look more like a set of of Chinese made eBay wheels. They just look forgotten.

I’m not a fan of carbon fiber, and I’m even less of a fan of misplaced carbon fiber. Satin carbon lip, satin carbon side splitters, satin carbon rear splitter, and a GLOSS carbon roof (of which is left off of the build sheet). ‘Let’s make the roof carbon fiber, so it really leaves the hipster suspenders,’ (did I mention I hate the hood stripes?) ‘looking out of place since it flows with nothing.’

SMH

Okay, enough ranting (fingers crossed)

The build on paper looks stunning. The power-adders are impressive which is Full Race’s bread and butter. It’s a complete engine build from pistons to turbo and everything in between. The improved power is assisted with a LSD and an incredible carbon driveshaft. KW coilover suspension and upgraded Brembo 6-piston brakes help round out the performance aspect of the build.

The performance portion of the build is impressive, complete, and worthy of a place in the Ford booth at SEMA. All of the hard work put into the performance of the car is completely missed since it’s wrapped in a confused hipster, and even if you look closer, you’re left feeling underwhelmed since this performance company failed to provide exactly how much performance was added…. HO? TQ? 1/4 Mile? o-60? 60-0?

Perhaps Ford should have put this one out front at SEMA with the other less-than’s.

If they want to use the car to get some attention on their products in an over saturated market, perhaps they’ll rethink their design. Here’s a suggestion:

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Base Vehicle

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS
  • 2.3L I4 EcoBoost engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission

Powertrain

  • Full-Race Motorsports:
    • Focus RS 2.3L twin scroll turbo kit
    • Front mount intercooler and aluminum charge pipes
    • 3″ Turbo back dual exhaust system
    • 3″ Cold-air intake syste,
    • Crankcase carch can
  • Wavetrac front differential
  • The DriveShatShop upgraded CV axles and one-piece carbon driveshaft
  • BorgWarner EFR 76/70 internal wastegate turbocharger
  • Full-Race Oil and RDU cooler
  • JE Asymetric FSR pistons
  • Manley connecting rods
  • King engine bearings
  • Turbosmart 18psi wategate actuator
  • COBB Tuning rear motor mount
  • AEM water methanol kit
  • Mobil1 racing oil
  • Vibrant GESi Racing catalytic converter

Chassis

  • KW Variant 3 coilover suspension
  • Whiteline front and rear adjustable end-link sway bars
  • Whiteline camber, caster and control arm bushing kit
  • Brembo 6-Piston Cast Monobloc fron calipers | 350x34mm (13.8″) 2-Piece Discs

Wheels & Tires

  • Dedicated Motorsports F110 19×9.5 +42 Billet WHeels
  • Toyo Proxes R888 (245/35/19) tires

Exterior

  • BASF Stealth Gray and Fire Orange paint
  • Slik Shot custom paint and body
  • Velox Motorsports:
    • Front race splitter
    • Side splitters
    • Rear diffuser

Interior

  • Scroth 3″ QuickFit 5-point racing harnesses (SFI Approved)
  • COBB Truning Accessport V3
  • AEM Electronics boost-dependent water/methanol injection system
  • AEM Electronics methanol gauge
  • Watson Racing 4-point bolt in roll bar

www.full-race.com 

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