5 Star Tuning Can Push Your EcoBoost-Powered 2018 Ford F-150 Beyond 500 Horsepower at the Wheels
Stuff like this makes us look at the F-150 with renewed vigorby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Ford’s EcoBoost engines can be considered as a masterstroke when it comes to how they have played a big role in the company’s lineup. They are both fuel-efficient and versatile. But, are they fast and powerful? Well, the folks over at 5 Star Tuning have given it a shot and the results are quite good as the tuner took in a Ford F-150 STX with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. With a few tweaks here and there, the tuner managed to extract enough power to blow our minds out. What if Ford hired these guys and offered tuned vehicles from the factory itself?
The EcoBoost V-6 Is A Party Animal When Its Inhibitions Are Off
5 Star Tuning recently took a 2018 Ford F-150 STX Crew Cab under its wings to unleash it in all its glory.
In stock spec, the truck comes with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine under the hood that makes 325 horses and 400 pound-feet of twist.
The tuner decided to fill the truck with E30, which is a fine blend of 30 percent ethanol and 70 percent gas and run it on stock turbos. The result of this on the dyno was 310 horses and 379 pound-feet of torque. 5 Star Tuning then decided to fit it with larger turbos and a lot of other stuff to see how the guinea pig reacts.
What Was Done To Achieve The Massive Figure
The mods basically included CR Performance Stage 3 turbos, Magnaflow three-inch diameter single pipe exhaust system, SPD mid-pipe with resonator, Hi-FLO catalytic converters, and an EPD downpipe. Other than this, the truck was also fitted with a Mishimoto intercooler and S&B performance air intake. With this equipment and tune changes, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost makes 540 ponies at 5,800 rpm and 550 pound-feet of torque at 3,850 rpm.
Can All The Engines Be Tested The Same Way?
Ford offers six engines on the F-150, one of which will most likely be retired very soon – that’s the 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine. The one that 5 Star Tuning used is the 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine. Although it’s used in the smallest F-Series truck, the engine is quite a capable performer, mainly because it’s mated to the 10-speed automatic gearbox that not only helps you stay in the mid-range all the time where all the power lies, but it also helps in keeping the engine efficient. With the stick turbos and regular fuel, the F-150 returns 19 miles to the gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on highways. The tuning work and the E30 fuel will definitely show a drastic drop in these figures, but come on, fuel efficiency is never the question when you’re trying to extract maximum power from the engine.
The other features of the engine include a dual-injection system that helps with the power delivery in a linear manner so you don’t feel underpowered at any time.
The upper block cylinders on this mill are made of the same compacted graphite iron used in the 6.7-liter, Power Stroke Turbo Diesel mill from the Super Duty series. With this engine under the hood, The Ford-150 can tow up to 9,000 pounds and handle a payload rating of 2,470 pounds.
Tuning engines is a fun activity and sometimes the results are quite intriguing. Take this engine itself, for instance. With a lot of mods, the V-6 EcoBoost engine was brought to the point where it churns out 540 horses and 550 pound-feet of torque. The engine is known to be an all-rounder, but never did we think of it as a “performer”. This shows that the mill is a capable one and enthusiasts looking for a reasonably-priced truck can opt for this and heavily tune their vehicles to make this one hell of a truck. Can you think of any EcoBoost engine rivals that are more potent when put to the test on a dyno? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
Read our full review on the 2018 Ford F-150.
Source: 5 Star Tuning