To help aftermarket tuners squeeze even more power from its EcoBoost engine family, Ford Racing is working on a number of modifications, like a programming handset that will give tuners the ability to tweak their engine’s performance.
Ford now offers its turbocharged EcoBoost engines in all of its high-performance models – from the Fiesta ST to the Mustang. To help aftermarket tuners squeeze even more power from its EcoBoost engine family, Ford Racing is working on a number of modifications, like a programming handset that will give tuners the ability to tweak their engine’s performance.
Ford says that the EcoBoost technology includes direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging that, together, offer excellent power density and fuel economy ratings straight from the factory. In the hands of engine tuning experts, tweaking these attributes via software management, can result in tremendous gains in horsepower and torque output, at an inexpensive price tag.
Ford Racing has developed a programming handset called ProCal for the Focus ST’s 2.0L EcoBoost engine and the Fiesta ST’s 1.6L EcoBoost engine. By plugging the device into the car’s diagnostic port, tuners can modify many of the car’s performance characteristics like throttle response or idle speed, to turbo wastegate control, to fuel curves and spark timing.
“While these settings should be modified only within recommended limits, the resulting performance gains with Ford-tested programs can be impressive. Focus ST owners, for example, can expect up to a 90 lb.-ft. increase in torque – all while maintaining the Ford-backed limited warranty.”
Ford Racing is also developing custom engine calibrations for the all-new Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost, with a product expected on the market by the end of 2015.
Ford is also working with aftermarket tuning companies to enable the development of high-quality parts and accessories to maximize the performance of Ford vehicles.