Ford Racing Offering its own EcoBoost Reflashes

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    The Boost Is On: Ford Racing Offering EcoBoost Reflashes that Won’t Kill Your Warranty
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    Ford is putting EcoBoost engines in just about everything it builds, and Ford Racing wants you to modify them. Or, at least, tweak the software with Ford-developed calibrations loaded into the ECU with a Ford Racing ProCal handset, which plugs into the diagnostic port and controls the typical variables you’d expect: throttle mapping, idle speed, waste gate control, fuel curves, ignition timing, and so on.

    The strong implication here essentially is to tweak the electronics rather than throwing parts at the engine. And the reason is that decent gains can be had without destroying drivability. It’s not quite as sexy as bolting up a new intake and hotter cams, but then again, this route isn’t expensive (the handset is $595), and if you use Ford Racing calibrations, it won’t void the warranty. That’s neat. Bolt up a bunch of unsupported aftermarket parts and you’re S.O.L. It’s a proprietary aftermarket, essentially.

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    Owners of the Ford Focus ST can see up to a 90 lb-ft increase in torque using ProCal. That’s not a small increase. And torque is good. We like torque. Ford hasn’t specified what sort of bumps the Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter and Ford Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinders can expect from plugging in a ProCal, but let’s hope the gains are in line with what they’re pulling out of the Focus ST.

    All of this said, if you don’t care about your warranty, Ford Racing will gladly sell you whatever you’d like. How crazy do you want to go? They don’t care, as they’re not on the hook for warranty claims. Ford has also been working with real third-party aftermarket suppliers to develop EcoBoost suitable components, especially for the Mustang. Remember SEMA this year? Ford is pushing the aftermarket hard on the EcoBoost-equipped pony cars. Any reports of the death of the aftermarket have been greatly exaggerated.
     
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    I remember roaming the halls at Sema disgusted at how hard it was to do things to my 08 Srt8 Jeep. While GM and Ford gave info to aftermarket prior to release of vehicles. This is the one thing I really hate about Chrysler and Dodge. They really fck themselves with their business plan.
     
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    I agree,, if Ford offers it, dodge should jump on board...can you imagine 90 more ft lbs of torque on a hellcat,,I would gladly pay 600 for a tune like that, and keep my warranty
     
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