Clocking big gains on a 2.3-liter with an Airaid CAI and SCT tuning
By Steve Turner
Now that the 2015 Mustangs are out in the wild, it appears performance enthusiasts might just have underestimated the little, 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang. While we agree that Mustangs and V-8s go together like peanut butter and jelly, it’s fun to have another viable performance option and we’ve been anxious to get into modding these turbocharged cars.
While SVTP now has its own EcoBoost project Mustang in the driveway, we were ready to get into the upgrades as soon as we heard that Airaid would be shipping its cold-air intake system for the 2.3. We started looking for a car to test this kit on, and it turned out that Airaid shipped both of its CAI kits—EcoBoost and GT—to SCT Performance so head calibrator Matt Alderman could create preload tunes.
That means you will be able to scroll through your SCT handheld device and choose a tune made just for the Airaid intake. What that meant for us is we’d have the opportunity to follow along as Matt tested this calibration on SCT’s in-house EcoBoost project Mustang. Spoiler alert: The combination of the intake and tuning worked really well. You can watch the dyno pulls right here:
When we arrived, the Airaid system was already installed on the car, so we will bring you a full installation in the future. However, the system offers a pretty straightforward installation, and you can check out the highly detailed instructions to see if you can tackle it yourself. Or, you can watch this fine video put together by our friends at CJ Pony Parts…
Since Airaid was first to market with the EcoBoost system, we wanted to bring these results to you right away. However, we were also afforded the opportunity to follow the complete installation, tuning, and testing of Airaid’s 2015 Mustang GT system at SCT, so stay tuned to this page for those results in the near future.