Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
February 10, 2011
Contributers: Tom Wilson Photos By: Courtesy of SEMA, Tom Wilson

Coyote parts dominated the Ford experience at the rejuvenated 2010 SEMA show. There were so many new parts that we couldn't fit it all into the print edition. So exclusively here on the website are more parts for you drool over and add to your shopping list.

Turning Up The EcoBoost
For us the big surprise of the 2010 SEMA show was Borg Warner displaying work-in-progress hot-rod kits for EcoBoost engines, including the barely released 3.5-liter V-6 in the F-150. The new and innovative trucks weren't even in showrooms yet and Borg Warner was ready to show their goods. Excellent!

Borg Warner isn't just anybody; they are the OEM supplier on the rear-wheel drive truck applications, while Honeywell has the Ford business in front-wheel drive vehicles. Thus, Borg Warner knows exactly what's what with the EcoBoost equipment, as they build the turbochargers for the F-150 in the first place.

Because Borg Warner sticks strictly with turbos, they've teamed with Phoenix, Arizona-based Full Race to supply the rest of the upcoming F-150 V-6 (as well as Ford I-4) kit. That means Full Race, with background is with high-end, turbocharged import drag racing engines, is building the headers and working with Borg Warner on integrating its kits onto the Ford engines.

In short, the kits look promising. The potential 3.5-liter V-6 power is no-excuse stuff, leading from healthy street grunt up to four-digit horsepower, and every feature a racer could want appears built in to the dedicated high-performance Borg Warner turbos. Using the EFR Series name, and coming under Borg Warner's Advanced Aftermarket Products initiative, these are clean-sheet designs. They incorporate dual-ceramic ball bearings with water cooling and lightweight gamma-titanium impellers to retain fast spooling with the larger-diameter turbos; investment-cast stainless steel turbine housings with uniform thickness walls designed to withstand 900-degree temperatures indefinitely; larger internal wastegates; built-in blow-off valves; boost control solenoids for electronic boost control (write your own boost curve); plus a machined pad pre-drilled (but not finished or tapped) for mounting a turbine speed sensor.

Full Race had just started on the F-150 kit pictured here. The above-engine turbos will fit under a stock F-150 hood, and the headers are incredibly thick--Schedule 40 pipe!--robotically TIG-welded 304 stainless parts. Kit pricing from Full Race varies widely based on content; expect tariffs ranging from $3,500 to around $7,800. Their four-cylinder 2.0-liter EcoBoost kit is already running as a prototype on Ken Block's Fiesta. It uses a divided (dual-path) exhaust tuning and should precede the F-150 kit to market.

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