Lethal Performance steps up its EcoBoost project with a Power Pack
By Steve Turner
There’s been a lot of excitement about the Coyote-powered 2015 Mustangs. Several of them are making amazing power, so that’s understandable. Even Lethal Performance has its own 10-second, 800-horsepower 2015 Mustang GT to get excited about. However, let’s not forget about the other legitimate performance option in the Mustang stable—the 2015 EcoBoost Mustang. And, yeah, Team Lethal has one of those too.
“We were very excited when Ford announced the four-cylinder EcoBoost option for the 2015 Mustang, as new platforms are always fun to mess with. We already knew how well our Focus ST reacted to simple bolt-ons, so we believed that the larger displacement 2.3-liter would do just the same or better,” Jared Rosen, of Lethal Performance, explained. “As you can see from the results we got from just a custom tune, JLT intake, and off-road downpipe this four-cylinder Mustang is definitely living up to its expectations.”
Having a new EcoBoost Mustang in its formidable stable, the Lethal crew started working on a lineup of products for the latest Gas Turbo Direct Injection Mustangs. Drawing from parts already available from the aftermarket and creating some parts of its own, Lethal ramped up the power of the little turbo 2.3-liter engine under the hood of the latest Mustangs.
“Our goals for the EcoBoost Power Pack (PN LP-PWR-2015ECOX4JLTORDP; $1,056.59) were to give the every-day driver the ability to make some really good horsepower and torque but not sacrifice any driveability,” Jared said. “Not only did we achieve that but after installing the intake, tune and off-road downpipe the car sounds way better. You can hear the turbo much better now and there’s nothing like hearing the engine gulping up air through that JLT intake. The sound itself is music to my ears.”
With those parts in place, Ken Bjonnes of Lund Racing developed a custom calibration for the new package on the Dynojet at Power by the Hour, and we were there as it was developed. For such a minor group of mods, the results were quite impressive. However, like any Lethal project, don’t expect these additions to be the only mods on the car. The company has bigger plans for both the car and its EcoBoost offerings.
“Our next step in the build will be an upgraded turbo kit. We plan to stick with a BorgWarner turbo just like they do from the factory as it’s a great setup and works very well,” Jared added. “With that said we decided on the EFR 7163 model which is capable of making up to 550hp. That along with our hard pipe and intercooler upgrade kit should make for a fun ride.”
If you want to see how these future mods help the performance of the Lethal EcoBoost Mustang, just stay tuned to the SVTP Front Page.