Spotlight: Ford FWD sequential gearkits

Published October 4, 2017 12:00 pm by Categorised in: , , , , ,

Our Gillingham production hub may have been busy manufacturing ATB differentials for the new Focus RS Edition, (with many a favourable review from the automotive press as a result), but did you know that Quaife has been producing a range of performance orientated front-wheel-drive sequential gearkits for fitment in Blue Oval vehicles for a number of years? Read on to learn more…

Ford Type IB5 – Quaife QKE38Z 5-speed sequential gearkit

Ford Fiesta


Ford’s IB5 gearbox has been mated to a wide range of vehicles over the years, including versions of both the Mk1 & Mk2 Focus, various Mk4 to Mk6 Fiestas, the Puma, the Mk1 Ka and the Mk6 Escort.

The Quaife QKE38Z 5-speed sequential gearkit retains the stock IB5 clutch, differential, driveshafts and mounts for a simple and affordable assembly. Designed to dramatically improve the levels of performance available thanks to its quick-shifting properties, QKE38Z is an ideal product for motorsport and fast road applications.

Key features include:

  • Five straight-cut, close-ratio gears with motorsport suited final drive ratios.
  • Ultra fast sequential gearshift with drum style change mechanism.
  • Open face dog design ensuring positive sequential shift.
  • Retains stock Ford IB5 clutch, diff, driveshafts and mounts.
  • Optional LED digital gear position indicator.
  • Optional heavy duty input shaft for high horse power.
  • Optional Quaife ATB or Tran-X LSD.
  • Includes a new transmission housing, sequential gear lever and cable.
  • Uses standard Ford IB5 bellhousing, (not supplied).

Gear ratios:

1st      2nd      3rd       4th       5th

2.580   1.870   1.420   1.130   1.040


Final drive ratios:

3.857  4.083  4.380  4.540  4.690  4.910  5.080

Ford Fiesta ST150 QKE38Z 5-speed sequential gearkit road test

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Ford MMT6 – Quaife QBE46Z (Ford Focus Mk3) 5-speed sequential gearbox

QKE46Z Ford Focus Mk3 gearkit

Ford Focus RS


Ford’s MMT6 gearbox is most associated with the current generation Mk3 Focus ST and RS.

One of the most popular and accessible hot hatchbacks on UK roads, the Mk3 Focus ST was launched in 2012, producing a healthy 252bhp from the company’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Although it did away with its predecessor’s Volvo sourced five-cylinder engine, which was beloved by many an enthusiast, the current Focus ST has still remained at the upper-end of the hot hatch rankings. Practicality was addressed by the firm sticking with a 5-door only format, along with interestingly, an estate.

The current Focus RS was launched to great fanfare in early 2015 and has been powered by the 2.3-litre turbocharged inline-four engine, also found in the EcoBoost Mustang. Producing 350 bhp with power being sent to all four wheels, the RS can undertake the 0-62 mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds.

Interestingly, many owners of these two sporting Fords have opted to fit Quaife’s Automatic Torque Biasing differential to improve traction and increase their vehicle’s performance envelope. Indeed, the ATB differential for the current RS is now approved by Ford when fitted by mountune or a Ford authorised dealership.

The Quaife QBE46Z 5-speed sequential gearbox is a product designed specifically for use in the Mk3 Focus ST & RS, vehicles initially fitted with Ford’s MMT6 transmission.

Key features include:

  • Gearkit reuses original bellhousing from gearbox.
  • Drum style shift mechanism for fast reliable gear changes.
  • Retains OEM clutch, differential, driveshafts and mounts.
  • Optional Quaife ATB differential.
  • Strengthened outer casing.
  • 5 wider than standard gears for additional strength.
  • Choice of straight cut or helical gears.
  • New generation of gearchange mechanism allows fitment into front or rear wheel drive configurations.
  • Compatible with flat shift systems.
  • Includes Oil Temperature Sensor.
  • Supplied with either a lever and cable or air actuator.

Gear ratios – straight cut:

1st               2nd           3rd           4th           5th

3.300        2.200       1.588       1.182       0.920

Final drive ratios


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Ford M66 – Quaife QKE45Z  5-speed sequential gearkit

Focus RS Mk2



Quaife are excited to announce the launch of QKE45Z, our 5-speed sequential gearkit suitable for Ford’s M66 gearbox next year.

This transmission is fitted predominantly to the Mk2 Focus, and we’re expecting a high take-up from owners of ST and RS derivatives of Ford’s second generation hatchback.

It’s also worth noting that the M66 gearbox, (as with many components made during the period of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group), was fitted to a number of Volvo models too, expanding the scope of QKE45Z even further.

Key features include:

  • Suitable for Ford Focus Mk2 with M66 gearbox
  • Gearkit retains original bellhousing from gearbox
  • Optional Quaife ATB
  • Strengthened outer casing
  • Drum style shift mechanism for fast reliable gear changes
  • Choice of straight cut or helical gears
  • Retains OEM clutch, differential, driveshafts and mounts
  • 5 wider than standard gears for additional strength
  • New generation of gearchange mechanism allows fitment into front or rear wheel drive configurations

Gear ratios:

1st            2nd         3rd        4th          5th

2.833     2.067      1.556      1.263      1.087

Final drive:


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