The EcoBoost market is hot and Whipple’s got a lot of ability as far as the development of new products… — Jared Rosen, Lethal Performance
“We have been dealing with Whipple since 2005 when they introduced their new blower and we have used them on all of our cars. They are mainly known as a supercharger company, but as we have seen with the industry in general, the platforms are changing,” Jared Rosen, CEO/President of Lethal Performance, said.“The EcoBoost market is hot and Whipple’s got a lot of ability as far as the development of new products like calibrations, and they use intercoolers in their supercharger kits, so why not tap into that?”
We’ve been advancing in air and cooling technology for 30 years and we have a unique relationship with Ford… — Dustin Whipple, Whipple Superchargers
“We’ve been advancing in air and cooling technology for 30 years and we have a unique relationship with Ford and the devoted Ford customer,” Dustin Whipple, Vice President at Whipple Superchargers, explained.
“As some of the customers switch to EcoBoost technology, we were getting a large demand to use our years of experience to continue to offer them products. We felt this was an excellent cross-over opportunity for us to showcase our capacity for making extra power in any given application.”
Can’t Stay Stock
With that in mind, Lethal teamed up with Whipple to enhance its latest project Raptor and we paid a visit to the truck to document the installation of the Whipple upgrades and the testing of those upgrades at Prodigy Performance in Wellington, Florida.
“Our trucks can’t stay stock for long. We like to modify them and add parts to see what they do to show our customers and help the manufacturers test their parts as well,” Jared explained. “It’s no different with this one than it is with any other vehicle. We start from the bottom and add some simple parts.”
Before we arrived the Lethal Raptor had already been upgraded with a BoostMax and PedalMax from JMS Chip & Performance, as well as a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system.
“EcoBoost vehicles utilize more advanced sensors, and the control system offers a nice range of adjustment for fuel and spark. It can easily compensate for additional boost-pressure via BoostMAX activation, while staying well within the OEM envelope and design parameters of the powertrain and drivetrain,” Brad Grissom, of JMS, told us when we examined these parts. “…The biggest thing is the warranty-friendly approach we use for both BoostMAX and PedalMAX. You can simply remove both products in a matter of minutes, and there is no trace of the product ever being installed.”
The BoostMax also features an adjustment knob, so we when we arrived in South Florida we ran baseline testing again with the knob turned to zero. Then we cranked up the boost to document the difference and then began to test the benefits of the Whipple hardware — an upgraded intercooler and a CAD-designed cold air intake.
Whipple Intercooler Features
• 54-percent greater volume then stock intercooler
• Heavy duty bar-plate design
• Offset 14FPI on cold airflow side of intercooler
• Bolt-on performance, no modifications required
• Zero cutting or modifying vehicle
• No other parts needed
“The factory induction system is certainly limited by its panel type paper filter, airbox lid and tube. The lid itself allows for tremendous turbulence. The intercooler is certainly not bad, it’s far better than previous models, but it’s a production-based core where OEM’s only target a specified goal versus extra capacity,” Dustin explained. “We were able to get 54 percent more volume while increasing efficiency with a new offset air fin we developed, achieving increased cooling capacity.”
In order to achieve those results, Whipple uses modern development tools, like Computer-Aided Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics to virtually create and test the parts before building them.
“We designed the parts in our CAD program, Pro-E. We then did CFD analysis using Ansys CFX to maximize the intake system and the intercooler design. From there we test-fitted prototype pieces on to a pre-production truck to verify fitment,” he said. “Once the truck was released, we worked with a local customer that had one of the first so we could do the testing and fitment. We worked with our calibration engineers to develop what we feel is OEM type drivability but more aggressive. Once this was all done we worked with CARB to get our EO.”
So not only are these parts street legal, even in California, but they are also quite effective.
“The temp Delta at peak RPM is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in real world applications,” Dustin added. “The temp is also more stable on back-to-back runs or aggressive driving. The factory cooler takes far longer to recover from WOT runs, so the Whipple intercooler gives the customer more consistent power.”
Testing The Hardware
“What’s pretty awesome is that only three things have been added to this truck,” Jared enthused. “The PCM hasn’t been flashed. It’s really simple stuff that you can do at home and get gains like that. It’s pretty awesome.”
We noticed a gain with every part we added. It was substantial every time and we were blown away. — Wes Hamilton, Prodigy Performance
“We noticed a gain with every part we added. It was substantial every time and we were blown away. As soon as we raise the boost, unless the computer starts pulling things back, the gains just keep on climbing,” he added. “Where the torque came in early, before 3,000 rpm it made almost 500 lb-ft of torque over and over again. That’s what you are going to notice. Like they say, horsepower sells cars but torque wins races.”
“I am very impressed and it’s exactly what we expected,” Dustin added. “What is there not to like; simple, quick, and low-cost power upgrades for one of the most incredible trucks built today. It’s a perfect package.”
For more on the Whipple upgrades you can check out the company’s official site here. Likewise, you can learn more about the JMS gear here. And, naturally, Lethal Performance offers both product lines for sale here.