Remember the days when modifying your new car meant you’d sacrifice drivability, reduce comfort, or even void the warranty? Perhaps you weren’t even alive back then, but that was the way it was. But today’s computer-controlled technology has transformed the relationship between a performance enthusiast and his/her car, which is something that owners of the turbo-charged Ford Mustang EcoBoost will soon be able to benefit from.
That’s because Ford is currently working on custom engine calibrations for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang powered by the 2.3L EcoBoost motor. The tune will likely be capable of adding a non-insignificant amount of horsepower and torque to the boosted four-banger, which makes 310-horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque in stock form. The custom programming will probably be delivered using the $595 ProCal programming handset from Ford Racing, which plugs into the diagnostic link connector port located in the driver’s side footwell. From there, the user will be able to access settings for throttle response, idle speed, turbo wastegate control, fuel curves, and spark timing.
In many ways, the fact that Ford is working on Mustang EcoBoost engine tunes demonstrates the beauty of advanced turbocharged motors such as Ford’s EcoBoost line. Not only are the boosted engines responsive, fuel-efficient, and easy to tune, but their various technologies such as direct injection, variable cam timing, and turbocharging can be tweaked to allow for easy tuning, resulting in tremendous gains in horsepower and torque output.
Ford says that the engine calibrations for the Mustang EcoBoost will become available within a year. So while we wait for it, we’ll revel in the fact that it’s a great time to be a car enthusiast.