Ford’s investment into the EcoBoost line of engines can’t be understated, and while the efficiency of these engines might be called into question, their ability to deliver big power certainly has not. UK tuning shop GGR has taken the Fiesta ST and cranked its 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine to deliver 240 horsepower, nearly as much as stablemate the Focus ST. Just how much horsepower can this little Ford make?
Carscoops reports that Graham Goode Racing has managed to increase horsepower by 30% and torque by 20% without any intrusive modifications. A “Smooth Flow” direct air induction system paired with a revised ECU done by Superchips, Inc. is the entirety of the$1,200 package. This small package takes the Fiesta ST from 180 horsepower to 240 horsepower. Torque also rises from 214 lb-ft to 253 lb-ft, which is a lot of pulling power for the flyweight Fiesta.
This is all done through the stock Ford exhaust system to ensure emissions compliance too, so you can boost the power without guilting your green conscience. GGR didn’t cite any specific stats, but this boost in power should bring the Fiesta a lot close to a 6.0 second 0 to 60 MPH time, rivaling the bigger but more powerful Focus ST. Even with the extra cost of the GGR package, the Fiesta ST with ST240 package is still cheaper than the Focus. Don’t feel too bad though, as rumor has it a 300+ horsepower version of the Focus RS is in the works for fans of the bigger Blue Oval.
Since these guys seem to have no problem cranking up the power of the 1.6 liter EcoBoost, they should take on the challenge of making the 1.0 liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost a more potent powerplant. Ford has set the bar at 140 horsepower with the Zetec S; can GGR do better?