Re: PERFORMANCE TUNING ANYONE?
Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:10 am
A Leaf will smoke a Focus EV off the line, hands down.
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From what I remember of my 65 hp Chevette, it would give the FFE a run for it's money off the line. However the FFE would quickly blow it away once it got rolling. I'm often surprised how slow the FFE is off the line and by how quick it is once rolling. With only 49% of the weight on the drive wheels and even less once weight shifts rearward during acceleration, it's no surprise the FFE is slow off the line and prone to wheel spin. It would be nice if ford had tuned it so that you could ride the line of just spinning the wheels, but I understand why they didn't. I imagine that since the driver has less wheel spin feedback (ie you can't tell nearly as well how much wheels spin you have in a FFE vs ICE), you would get much more wheel spin than if it were an ICE vehicle. I could see this excessive wheel spin destroying the differential in short order and ford would be replacing them under warranty left and right. So while I don't like it, I think Ford did the right thing here.rsanders4 wrote:A Leaf will smoke a Focus EV off the line, hands down.
I imagine the speed limiter setting has more to do with electricity and induction, but I'm no electrical engineer. I agree that it is just on the edge of acceptability for highway driving.normanrs wrote:I think the FFE can perform better off the line, but what personally bugs the HELL out of me is that the car has a speed limiter. It's MY car - I will decide how fast I want to go (wtf).
Norm, you and me both. Hopefully a tinkerer can figure that out. I'm sure there's some $$ to be made for whoever does.normanrs wrote:The original question was whether anyone has done any performance tuning. I think the FFE can perform better off the line, but what personally bugs the HELL out of me is that the car has a speed limiter. It's MY car - I will decide how fast I want to go (wtf). Not only that, but some freeways have a speed limits of 75, so people frequently drive 85+. Every now and then you need to pass them to get into the correct lane.
Has anyone taken their FFE in to a performance shop with an ODB programmer? I think that's the method to remove the speed limiter on many gas engine cars. Maybe Ford was lazy and stuck it in the same place?