Thanks! I have since learned from the ever most trustworthy internet that you do lose 40 hp or so from premium gas to regular gas. If this car did have 310HP at the rear wheel it would be scary!This question comes up a lot on every forum out there. When you see horsepower and torque numbers on cars, that is with the engine OUT of the vehicle, on a stand, with all accessories attached. However, once put into a vehicle, depending on what transmission it has (manual, auto, cvt) and what drivetrain configuration (front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive, four wheel drive) and whether it is a live axle or an independent setup, will determine how much power actually makes it to the tires. In the mustang, with a manual transmission, you can expect to lose about 15%. This can change with upgrading to an aluminum driveshaft and flywheel with a lighter weight clutch. Then you may only see a 12% loss. You didnt actually MAKE more power, your just losing less in the drivetrain. For an automatic, due to torque converter and the transmission design itself, you are losing about 20%. However, upgrading the torque converter to a higher stall, smaller diameter unit will actually cost you more in the loss but give you up to a half second off your ET at the track. And make it an insane blast to drive on the street!
Does that help or did I go overboard?
Yes, the Escape EB's have a soft tuned version of the Focus ST motor, Livernois has been playing with a few of them.Those have an ecoboost ... tuned, they will smoke your ass for breakfast.