I was cruising through Powerchip's website (www.powerchipgroup.com) and chucked in the ST170 for fun to see what sort of power increase they could offer considering such a highly worked engine from Ford is still only producing 127kw. Lo and behold, Powerchip pulls out this pearler....
"In standard form, the Focus 2.0 ST170 produces 127 kW and 196 Nm.
Powerchip has a range of chips to suit your car, which can increase it's power to between 139 kW and 142 kW, and it's torque to between 213 Nm and 217 Nm.
The price of the Powerchip is AUD $889.90."
Can you believe it?!!!!!!! A Focus with adequate power?!!! After a single modification?!!!! (non turbo that is) I was shocked to see this and it has completely and utterly reversed my verdict on the car. I'd be willing to pay that much to make my ST170 a damn sight almost as good as the Astra Turbo!!! Granted it won't probably have the torque (Astra with 250nM) but nonetheless 142 kw is a much more promising sound!!!
You have to be very careful with these kind of places. You should to see the dyno proven gains of this chip. For example, get them to dyno it before and after the chip is installed. A lot of the chips make over zealous claims as to Kw gains. Also, a chip should be a final mod so it can be programmed AFTER you have installed exhaust, headers, intake etc
They should offer money back (on the chip, but not the labour)
yeah, that's true. I'm not at all sueprised that the st170 give out nearly 12% more than stock (as they claim) when all the other models are only giving sometimes onlt 10%. That ST170 is a lazy bloody thing for the amount of specialised work that has been deon to it and for all that supposedly whizzbang VCT. The exhaust is pretty special already. HAving driven one, it's got a great exhaust and is much much more throttle responsive than the Zetec so based on my test driving and upon not wanting to pump up to $3,000 to get an already $37,000 car up to the standard of others, I'd be more than happy if the chip was 14-15kw worth as claimed. But definitely, it'd be dynoed. They have a 14 day money back thingo and i'm guessing they wouldn't dyno it, but i'd search for someone i know who has access to one if i could
Like other's have said be carefull of chip's that are made for a single type of vehicle and mass produced from that(plug in chip's)vehicle,you are better of to go for a chip that is designed and tuned to your vehicle,and it also can be changed to suit future mod's.
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no mate not touching the headers. Not touching the exhaust and am only thinking of a throttle body. The first two are no chance considering I'm constatly broke. I'm happy with the car anyway. I just want to upgrade to 17"s, add a chip and then maybe a tb but other than that not a thing. Even if I won lotto. Coz I'd buy an XR6 Turbo and loan my Focus to my girlfriend. Then again, she'd probably fight me for the Turbo too he he he
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