MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
Mishimoto® (16-18) Ford Focus RS Cold Air Intake System with AirBox
MISHIMOTO MMAI-RS-16
Mishimoto® (16-18) Ford Focus RS Cold Air Intake System with AirBox

MMAI-RS-16P

Mishimoto® (16-18) Ford Focus RS Cold Air Intake System with AirBox

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Compatible: (2.3L)

2016 - 2018 Ford Focus RS

 

Installation Torque Specs 22 in-lbs (2.5N*M) recommended for all worm gear clamps. These clamps have an operating range of 18-27 in-lbs 2-3N*M. Do not exceed the maximum torque rating of 27 in-lbs (3N*M).

 

 

Ford has finally manufactured a Focus wielding the “RS” badge, and we couldn’t be happier. We wanted to improve and upgrade a lot of things on this car and among those priorities had to be an intake. Our engineers have spent many hours in development, performing a handful of tests and data collection, so that our intake gives you the right results.

This is a full intake, replacing every core component in the OEM system, including the airbox and the intake pipe. Our kit includes a 3” aluminum pipe that routes all the way to the turbo, with all of the necessary bracketry for a perfect fit. The airbox has a similar design to the stock airbox, facilitating an improved pressure drop with an open top, so that the filter is exposed to more air while also sealing the box against the hood, keeping it fully enclosed. This airbox uses the factory air inlet ducts, grabbing air right from the front of the car, and the ports are surrounded with weather stripping to avoid movement.

We have put this intake through hundreds of miles of road testing and countless dyno runs to ensure repeatable and reliable max gains of 12 whp and 15 wtq (more details below in our engineering blog). No cutting or modification to factory components will be necessary. This kit is a direct bolt-in for the 2016–2018 Ford Focus RS, and of course, this product is covered by the Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty.

  • Direct fit for 2016–2018 Ford Focus RS
  • Dyno-proven maximum gains of up to 12 whp and 15 wtq on the stock tune
  • Designed to work with stock tune with no additional tuning required
  • Air filter placed to receive maximum airflow from the front of the vehicle
  • Black powder-coated airbox keeps unwanted hot air from entering the air filter
  • Highly aggressive intake tone under acceleration
  • Available with a polished, wrinkle black or Wrinkle Nitrous Blue pipe
  • Installs in under 1 hour
  • CARB EO #: D-759-2
  • Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty

 

VEHICLE SPECS

ENGINE CODES 2.3L EcoBoost
FITS 2016–2018 Ford Focus RS


PRODUCT SPECS

PIPE DIAMETER 3"
AIRBOX MATERIAL Steel
OILED FILTER 38 g of oil on filter
PIPE MATERIAL Mandrel-Bent Aluminum
AIR FILTER PART NUMBER MMAF-3006

 

PURCHASE INCLUDES

(1) Aluminum Intake Pipe w/ CNC-Machined MAP Section
(1) Airbox w/ Protective Edging
(1) High-Flow Oiled Filter
(1) Silicone Turbo Inlet Hose
(2) Worm Gear Clamps
Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty

 

RESPIRATION FOCAL POINT – PERFORMANCE INTAKE R&D, PART 4: LET’S HEAR IT!

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Sneaking a peek of our prototype intake for the RS!

We really have to give it to our engineers. The reason they were so careful with this project was primarily because the software reported slightly increased fuel trims. We suspected that the 2016+ RS just has relatively high fuel trims from factory; but, being the thorough bunch that they are, the engineers wanted to be absolutely sure. We brought in another RS (thanks to our next door neighbors ID Motorsports to do some stock baseline runs. (That’s why the test car is now a Frozen White RS instead of our own Nitrous Blue.) We installed our prototype intake and drove the car for a couple hundred miles to let the ECU learn the new flow characteristics – essentially repeating the testing we had done for our RS.

All of the data came back solid; the numbers were similar to our previous tests, and the fuel trims were exactly the same as those we saw with our RS. This was great news, because it confirms our initial theory that the RS just has high fuel trims out of the box, at least compared to the other cars.

All four packs mounted up!
All four packs mounted up!

Back to why you are all reading this post. We hooked up this RS to our four dynapacks, which is a very interesting sight to see. We’ve only ever run four packs at the same time since way back during our product development for an STI. We tried putting this thing into the infamous “dyno mode,” but the rear wheels continued to receive power, which resulted in some very weird numbers. It just wasn’t going to work. So we did what pretty much everyone else does with this car and disconnected the rear drive unit (RDU) harness. From then on, it was smooth sailing. Take a look at our runs below!

Before I go on, I should mention that this RS actually has an upgraded blow off valve (BOV), so our intake does not enhance the BOV sound. Nevertheless, our intake sounds pretty darn good if you ask me!

What’s Next?

Looking ahead!
Looking ahead!

While this was a short post, it was important for you all to hear this thing rip on our dyno. Next, we are going full steam ahead with this project. Once we get our prototype painted and branded, we will throw it onto our RS so you can get a taste of what it will look like. We are just around the corner from officially kicking off full-scale production.

 

RESPIRATION FOCAL POINT – PERFORMANCE INTAKE R&D, PART 5: C’EST FINI

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. 

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. 

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

 

RESPIRATION FOCAL POINT – SPECIAL ENTRY!

Our RS made it to our R&D facility early in the summer last year. We did our research on the car. We knew what color RS we were going to get, what parts we were going to make and just how much fun we were going to have with this little blue hatch. Every now and again, a wild idea is brought to the table that challenges the very fabric of our normal business operations – you are about to witness what happens when Mishimoto decides to take a walk on the wild side.

If you have been following our updates, you all know and love the intake we have made for this 2016 RS, but we have one more trick up our sleeves. Some of you have been lucky enough to have already seen it. Some of you may have even put yourself down for a presale order. Without further ado, say hello to our first ever, limited color option for our 2016 Ford Focus RS Performance Intake kit – Wrinkle  Nitrous Blue.

Get your Wrinkle Blue Performance Intake Kit today!
The Smurfs would be proud
The Smurfs would be proud

The final outcome did not happen overnight; nothing truly great ever does. This took months of planning, logistics, trial and error and a bit of managerial convincing, but we did it. We will now offer our intake pipe in a blue that is almost identical to Ford’s now-iconic Nitrous Blue that is only available for the Focus RS. Considering that this is the first time the RS has been offered on US soil, it’s only fitting that something be done to pay homage to this badge. It has carried such a legacy throughout the years, and this 2016 model is a platform built to perform in every aspect of the word.

It matches so perfectly!
It matches so perfectly!

The original idea came up when I was talking with a project manager about how difficult it would be to color match this paint code (looking at you Mark). Then, for whatever reason, I said, “You know what would be rad – if we gave the intake pipe a color option that was Nitrous Blue.” I chuckled to myself at the idea, but was immediately met with a very serious we-should-totally-do-that stare.

Even though it wasn’t really his project, we kind of dove headfirst to try and find a close enough color that could work. But remember this was early last summer before a lot of RS’s even made it on the road. There wasn’t much of a reliable solution to color matching an engine part to Nitrous Blue. So, you can imagine how tough this task was – or maybe you can’t…note to self: write a technical article about the process of powder coating. Doing some basic research, we found that Nitrous Blue was going to be the most common color Ford offered this RS in, adding some validity to the idea.

Mishimoto's Wrinkle Blue Performance Intake
Mishimoto’s Wrinkle Blue Performance Intake

This pipe is actually part of a spare production sample kit that was originally in our Polished finish. After deciding on a color pan tone, we sent the pipe off with that color sample and essentially crossed our fingers, praying it would come out close to the way we envisioned it. Clearly, we could not have been more impressed. As I was taking pictures of the newly painted pipe, literally everyone in the R&D facility stopped by and commented on how awesome it looks. Let me tell you, it’s pretty great to finally see this on the car. It’s almost unbelievable to see an idea in your head finally become a reality, and this vision could not have worked better. I think we have really hit a home run here and I can talk about it all day, but how about I give what a lot of you have asked for and let you check this piece out installed on the car?

 

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