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Tech: 2015+ Coyote F-150 Blower Test

Powerful Pickup

Installing a Whipple supercharger on a 5.0 F-150 delivers over 500 rwhp

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of ID Motorsports

There has always been a strong interest in hot rodding Ford’s ever-popular F-150 pickup. Even the Blue Oval’s performance divisions can’t resist rolling out hopped up versions like the Lightning and Raptor. These days, however, the V-8 version of the trucks has a lot in common with the Mustang and that means they both like superchargers.
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News: Tuned 2016 Focus RS

Turning up the Heat

ID Motorsports tests SCT tuning and a Mountune CAI on Ford’s hot hatch

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of ID Motorsports

We are still waiting to steal some seat time in Ford’s 350-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Focus, but lucky owners are already out there enjoying them. Of course that means that industrious aftermarket types are already busy modifying them. Case in point is ID Motorsports, which recently acquired a new Focus RS project and jumped right into modding it.
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Tech: 2013 Mustang Blower Upgrade

Betty Boost

Lethal Performance enhances Project Betty White with a TVS supercharger

By Christy High

There’s a certain feeling you get when you install a new part (or parts) on your car and you drive it for the first time. It’s a mix of nervousness (there’s always that pesky leftover bolt or two…) and excitement (the butt-dyno readings are the best!). Sometimes it’s a new cold air intake and your car gets a little pep in its step. Sometimes it’s a new cat-back and your car gets a much louder roar, but sometimes it’s a badass Stage 2 TVS supercharger kit. Or at least it was in my case.

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Tech: GT350 Intake Heatshield Test

Hot or Not?

VMP Performance tests Heatshield Products’ I-M Shield on its GT350

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Heatshield Products

As the factory continues to squeeze more and more performance out of its vehicles the software in the PCM is also quick to reel in the ignition timing in response to heat. Since heat can lead to detonation, this is a wise safeguard. However, for those of us that want maximum performance at all times, keeping the inlet air cooler and the timing more aggressive is a great idea.
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Tech: GT350 vs. Cobra Jet Intake Test

Shelby Jet

How the Cobra Jet intake compares with the factory intake on a GT350

By Steve Turner

We recently found out that the intake manifold atop the GT350’s Voodoo 5.2-liter engine is a great upgrade for the Coyote 5.0-liter in the Mustang GT. The intake seems to gain horsepower on the smaller engine without giving up any torque. That got our wheels spinning. How might Ford Performance Parts’ racy Cobra Jet intake perform atop the rev-happy Shelby’s engine? Fortunately VMP Performance owns a new GT350 and has the wherewithal to facilitate such a test.
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