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Focus XR5 Turbo 2.5T (Power Flash)

Does Powerchip offer an upgrade for the Ford Focus XR5 Turbo?
A new era of hot-hatches has been unleashed on the Australian market, with everyone enjoying these fun models. Powerchip is expecting the new Ford Focus XR5 Turbo to be a fierce cult-car competitor to the already popular Golf GTi. As a result, Powerchip has been working to have an upgrade ready to give customers' XR5s the edge over most.

With the Focus XR5 Turbo sharing much of it's technology with it's sister car, the superb Volvo S40 T5, the XR5 project carried out by Powerchip's well-known R&D Department was made all the more easy.

We are proud to announce the Powerchip Gold98 upgrade for the XR5 Turbo.

Powerchip also offers a special discount to members of the Ford XR5 Forums. Be sure to check out the boards to chat with other XR5 drivers.
This Powerchip upgrade is expected to set the benchmark for XR5 enthusiasts, as this is the ultimate must-have modification.
How does Powerchip upgrade my XR5 Turbo?
Over the past six months, the Senior Technicians of Powerchip's R&D Department have been working on Powerflash, the next generation of performance software reflashing equipment.

The new technology allows the upgrading of the Ford Focus XR5 with Powerchip software directly through the diagnostic port, rather than modifying the ECU physically.

Powerflash marks a brand new era for Powerchip and the performance chip industry at large. If you are in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, or Perth, you can have your Focus XR5 Turbo upgraded with Powerchip technology tomorrow, while you wait.

The Powerchip Gold98 upgrade through Powerflash takes very little time, and does not even require the bonnet to be opened. This means that physically nothing changes on your XR5, and your time is kept to a minimum. The Powerflash upgrade for the XR5 is $1290, with a special price of $790 for all XR5 Forum members!

Your local Powerchip Authorised Partner will simply:
1) Plug in and read the XR5...
2) Email the original file to Powerchip...
3) Upload the Powerchip software into the XR5...
And they're done! Time for you to enjoy the Powerchip upgrade.
How can I upgrade my XR5 if I don't live near an Authorised Powerchip Partner?
Alongside the Powerflash software upgrade, Powerchip has released a handheld programmer that allows customers to upgrade their own XR5s themselves.

Priced at $1490, the Bluefin controller simply uploads the software into the vehicle via the diagnostic port. The Powerchip Bluefin is especially good for those who live or regularly drive in areas where 98 octane fuel is readily available.

To find out which of the Powerflash or Bluefin upgrades suits your needs best, call (03) 9681 6888 and speak to your Ford Power Consultant.
Do you simply wind up the boost?
Powerchip invests a significant amount of time and money into developing our upgrades, and the Powerchip Gold98 for the XR5 is no exception.

The adjustment of all tuning parameters are possible in two or three dimensions (left top: stock boost map, left: smoother Powerchip map), with Wastegate duty cycle an important parameter in regards to the level of boost pressure the car runs, meticulously remapped for a perfect transitional rise in boost pressure.

As well as 3D boost mapping, the Senior Technicians also make improvements to fueling, timing, and throttle response parameters to ensure the safest and smoothest delivery of power.

A specific emphasis is placed on road development. Powerchip prides itself on creating performance upgrades that make real-world differences, not just squiggly lines on a dyno. Part throttle improvements are where the biggest increases are made and noticed, and this is where 90% of people actually drive their cars.
Does the Powerchip give me improved performance?
With the Ford Focus XR5 borrowing much of its running gear from the Volvo S40 T5, Powerchip was able to bypass a lot of the early R&D phase to 'focus' on fine-tuning power delivery (bad pun unfortunately intended.)

The Powerchip Gold98 Powerflash itself consists of uploading the car with upgraded software, extracting an extra 31kw and an incredible 60nm with peak torque occurring from 1600 to 4000rpm, from the XR5.

When using the Powerchip Bluefin hand controller, power is increased by 24kw, with torque being pushed up another 48nm!

The above-left dyno is of Poweflash versus standard, and the below-left dyno is of Powerflash versus Bluefin.

These upgrades transfer to real-world performance on the road; delivering a smooth rush of power right up to redline.
Is the Powerchip upgrade safe for my XR5?
Absolutely. In the past, chip upgrades have required the physical chip to be desoldered from the ECU board, programmed, then soldered back into the ECU.

The Powerchip upgrade for the XR5 is programmed directly via the diagnostic port, located under the steering wheel.

This means there is no physical modification done to the car, as the Powerchip upgrade is purely software. Obviously, this is far safer for the vehicle.

Another advantage is the vehicle can be returned to standard at any time. As Powerchip holds all standard files on our database, if a vehicle ever needed to be 'flashed' back to stock, it would be as quick, simple, and easy as the original upgrade. Just nowhere near as fun!
How does the car feel?
Those lucky enough to have driven the Ford Focus XR5 Turbo know how good the car is.

The Powerchip Gold98 upgrade for the XR5 Turbo gives the power and torque that it really deserves. The push-in-the-back performance will leave you wondering how you survived without the Powerchip software for so long!

To read what other XR5 owners have said about their Powerchip experiences, visit the Powerchip testimonials section.
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