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Ford has a specially-trained team that perform auditory tests on every 350PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that comes out of their factory in Valencia, Spain to ensure the highest possible quality before even the powertrain goes into a Focus RS.
“This team knows what a perfectly calibrated engine sounds like and they know the tiny sounds to listen for in case there is a problem,” said Gunnar Herrmann, vice president, Quality, Ford of Europe. “Think of it like a doctor who has the most advanced diagnostic technology but still uses a stethoscope to gather vital clues to a patient’s health.”
Every member of this team has spent months in training their ears in order to pick up imperfections in less than a minute during these tests, which take place in specially prepared sound-proofed cells.
The 350PS version of Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost has been specially developed specifically for the needs of the latest Focus RS, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 100km/h (0-62mph) in 4.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 266km/h (165mph).