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ReSpiration Focal Point – Performance Intake R&D, Part 5: C’est Fini

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Here it is, the final hoorah. The production sample of our intake kit for the 2016 Ford Focus RS is here at last. In the last update, we took you guys through what this intake sounds like with the help of some dyno runs; it sounds awesome and it made 11hp and 15ft-lbs of torque! I’m happy that you guys have stuck with me through the long development process, but there is a light at the end of this R&D tunnel. I know you guys want to see what the finished product looks like, so let’s check it out.

Neat! *Snaps camera*
Neat! *Snaps camera*

We have put this intake design through hundreds of miles of testing, accruing too many Excel sheets of data. We even installed a prototype on a daily-driven RS (with no issues) that was graciously provided to us during the dyno testing. Big thanks by our next-door Maryland neighbors ID Motorsports.

Check out that fitment; like a glove!
Check out that fitment; like a glove!

The fitment of the intake pipe was a top priority. The routing was complex to design due to the extra bracketry and low tolerances we had to accommodate, something we did not encounter in our intake for the 2013 Ford Focus ST. With this project, there was little, to no room for a flawed design. Our pipe is also a full three inches in diameter from the filter all the way back to a silicone piece that necks down to the turbo, pictured above. What’s cool about the silicone piece is that it is not a conventional transition coupler. Rather, it is a horn shaped piece that provides a smoother transition from our piping to the turbo, compared to the physical step-down found in most transition couplers.

Bracket for a line
Bracket for a line
Accommodating the factory air ducts
Accommodating the factory air ducts

Everything in this kit was made for direct bolt-on performance with a perfect fit. In the picture above, our box has openings for the stock air-duct tubing, which grabs air from the front of the car and directs it to the filter on two fronts. The ST airbox also had this design feature and I still think it’s cool how Ford designed that. Speaking of which, let’s move on to the airbox!

MAP Plug fits right in!
MAP Plug fits right in!

The airflow is directed to the filter on the RS from three points; the two inlets attached to the box, and the opening on the airbox lid. While writing the third update, I talked about how we improved the overall pressure drop by 31%; we measured that using our flow bench. Check out that update for a more in-depth analysis.

Hustle and flow
Hustle and flow

When the hood closes, it forms a seal on the weather stripping, essentially shielding the top from the open environment, while allowing air to stream into that U-shaped opening in front of the box. We had taken the front end off the car for some other projects, so it’s a bit easier to see how the seal will mate with the hood.

Weather stripping getting intimate with our hood
Weather stripping getting intimate with our hood
This thing is really pretty
This thing is really pretty

The polished intake pipe looks nice, but you will also have the option of a wrinkle black and an upcoming limited color option we will reveal at a later date; trust me, it’s going to be a head turner.  The box will stay powder-coated black and will come only with an open lid for the US and European markets. Our friends in Australia will get only the closed lid version. We know Australian emissions laws are pretty strict, so we wanted to be absolutely sure that this intake won’t raise any red flags. It isn’t too different; it’s just a fully enclosed system without the use of a hood seal.

The Aussie lid
The Aussie lid

Now, all that is left for us is to deliver this intake to your waiting arms. We are going to make the pre-sale live very soon, so please keep an eye out for that. Thanks for keeping up with the development of our 2016 Ford Focus RS Performance Intake!

Before I officially bring this project to a close, I’d like to quickly shift gears for a moment. The late Paul Walker is a big reason why most of us are even gearheads in the first place. With the recent anniversary of his tragic passing, I’d just like to say: May he rest in peace; this would not have been too much chrome for him.

A 2Fast 2Furious reference is never out-of-place
A 2Fast 2Furious reference is never out-of-place

-Diamaan

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6 thoughts on “ReSpiration Focal Point – Performance Intake R&D, Part 5: C’est Fini”

  1. Looking good, this might be my first upgrade for my RS. Just curious, since you mentioned emissions are bad in Australia. Will this be CARB certified/legal in California?

    1. Thanks!

      It’s not really that emissions are bad in Australia, just different. Open system intakes are generally more scrutinized than closed systems, especially if they are aftermarket. We just want our Australia RS drivers to have a slightly lower profile over the open lid design that the North America and European markets will get.

      We are in the process of getting CARB certification for as many applications as we can. The intake for this Focus RS is definitely in our sights, but unfortunately, it won’t be CARB legal immediately after product release due to how long and arduous the process is. We do fully intend to pursue an EO number for this car though. As soon as the process is complete, we will update our specs and let you guys know. Great question!

      -Diamaan

  2. Looks great! How much will it cost and will this item likely void the manufacture warranty on the RS? I know that the Mountune kit doesn’t void the warranty. I’m hoping that’s yours will come in at a lower price than the Mountune and still retain Fords warranty on the RS!

    Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jerry!

      We are hustling to have all of the pricing information released next week when our pre-sale for this intake starts. During that time, we will offer a pre-order price that will be much, much lower than our MSRP price, but it will only be for a limited time, so check back next week or subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.

      I can tell you that we have the more comprehensive kit, we replace everything from the turbo inlet to the airbox to give you a completely modified design. With respect to the warranty, in accordance to the Magnuson-Moss Act, aftermarket parts alone will not void the warranty. The dealer/manufacturer has to prove the part caused an issue with the car. This way, a dealer can’t deny you warranty work on say a suspension component for an exhaust on your car. Hope this helps!

      -Diamaan

  3. i noticed your youtube video had decent “BOV” noises….was this a BOV or the induction kit generating the sound?

    i want the sound…but not a BOV.
    my previous car had awesome blow off sounds with just a induction kit….

    1. In the dyno video, that RS did have an upgraded BOV. Our intake kit will have an awesome sound to it, but the particular sound you are referring to in the video was to the upgraded BOV.

      -Diamaan

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