How Ford 'Fixed' The Focus RS's Intercooler After Discovering That It Was Too Cool

When Ford designed the intercooler for the Focus RS, it inadvertently made it too efficient. For that reason, a blanking plate had to be found from the Ford parts bin, and that very plate came from a diesel Transit van
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During the Ford Focus RS launch in Valencia earlier this week, I asked Ford’s vehicle engineering manager, Tyrone Johnson, about a rather large blanking plate on the RS’s intercooler. As you’ll see in the video, the reason for the plate is to reduce the efficiency of the intercooler because Ford discovered that in particularly humid conditions, the intercooler was working too efficiently, which caused a build up of water vapour. And because water in an engine is bad news, Ford searched through its parts bin and took the same blanking plate that it used for its diesel Transit van intercoolers and placed it over the intercoolers of the Focus RSs. So you could say, then, that the RS is part super hatch, part practical van…you know, in case you need to justify the purchase to a wife or girlfriend.

In the video, you’ll also hear about a few other cars the Focus RS owes its life to.

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Mazda Fanatic

Good guy ford. Thinking about enthusiasts without thinking about enthusiasts

01/21/2016 - 17:48 |
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I guess this would get a high place on the Cool Wall.

01/21/2016 - 18:03 |
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Alex Andrei

so basically: buy a van and fit a big arse turbo on it

01/21/2016 - 18:10 |
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that’s nice, it means you only need to replace the backing plate when you’re going to run more boost :D

01/21/2016 - 18:19 |
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Richard Marshall

This is a superbly cool car, looking forward to driving it this summer:)

01/21/2016 - 18:37 |
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Lenny might be happy right now

01/21/2016 - 18:48 |
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Riley Cates

More boost and no plate sounds perfect.

01/21/2016 - 19:13 |
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Yeah that sounds great! Turn the boost way up and just remove the front piece instead of having to get a bigger intercooler

01/21/2016 - 22:06 |
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Until you get water in your intake

01/21/2016 - 23:51 |
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Fastlane Blocker

Best part: transmission is manual! That is right! Damn that Ford seems like so much fun..,..

01/21/2016 - 19:37 |
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I actually smiled watching this review. A first for me. Well done mate! Love you guys.

01/21/2016 - 19:44 |
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Can someone please remind me why this isn’t being sold in America?

01/21/2016 - 19:50 |
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I’m pretty sure it’s on it’s way to America this year.

01/21/2016 - 20:20 |
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It is, don’t worry!

01/21/2016 - 21:22 |
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