Truck Trend June 2014
Bringing Ford Performance Full Circle … with the Banks Ram-Air Intake System.
As we built this beauty over the course of a year, several companies actually used our EcoBoost-powered F-150 to prototype and build parts off of. That list of components is extensive, so we’ll quit with the banter and get right to the goods. Banks Power knows turbocharged engines. The company has a long history of making big power from turbodiesels and gas engines alike, so when we dropped off our barely broken in EcoBoost to the Banks engineers, we knew something special was going to come out of their shop. Special indeed. Up front, cool, dense air is forced into the Banks Ram-Air intake and sent into the factory turbochargers tuned to 15 psi. Once the air is quickly spooled up, the forced-induction flows through a massive Banks intercooler, which is instantly cooled by a Banks Straight-Shot water-methanol injection system. A smooth-bore Paul’s High Performance throttle body ensures the airflow gets sent to the EcoBoost intake manifold. A custom tune by the Banks team is controlled by a Banks iQ 2.0 Man Machine and makes the most out of the Ford’s 213ci V-6. Helping the exhaust flow as freely as possible, Banks 3-inch down tubes feed air into a 3-inch Banks Monster exhaust with a satin black tip. Add up all the go-fast parts, and the 3.5L is good for a whopping 397 rwhp and 463 lb-ft of torque.
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