Ford EcoSport Tuning

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Ford EcoSport is a subcompact crossover bult by Ford in Brazil, thanks to it’s popularity and success it was launched in other regions, including Thailand, Russia and Romania.

The EcoSport is a brilliant tuning project to do. If you do your planning then you can create an awesome EcoSport but don't be fooled there are lots of motorsport inspired mods out there that will simply not suit it read our unbiased guides first.

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for loads of people first priority in your EcoSport tuning project.

Adding some negative camber on the wheels and a few degrees of toe (in for better stability or out to improve cornering), will radically benefit your EcoSport in handling and cornering.

Drop the car optimally somewhere in the region of 30mm - 41 mm. and fit modified stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Fitting bigger discs and better high performance brake pads will make for sharper enhanced braking.

Bear in mind that motorsport pads can be noisier and will need a lot of heat before they bit.

On a road car the brakes are occasionally used and will not be effective so specify brake pads which have a low working temperature.

Don't just look at the peak power figures, you need to see the whole torque curve when determining if a mod is right for you EcoSport.

EcoSport make good sleepers if you debadge them and fit the most powerful engine mods and handling mods you can !

The best power gains come from larger engine sizes. The more you start with the bigger the return on investment so engine swaps are good value mods for small engined cars.

Power mods.

These mods modified mods are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get started.

  • Zetec-Rocam
    1.0 L gasoline 8v supercharged, 70 kW (95 PS) (to 2006)
  • Zetec-Rocam
    1.6 8v gasoline/ethanol, 82 kW (111 PS)
  • Duratec 2.0 L 16v 107 kW (145 PS)
  • Duratorq 1.4 L TDCi Diesel, 50 kW (68 PS) (export only)

Second generation (2012–present)

  • 1.0 L I3 EcoBoost turbocharged
  • 1.5 L I3 Ti-VCT
  • 1.5 L I4 Ti-VCT
  • 1.6 L I4 Ti-VCT
  • 2.0 L I4 Ti-VCT
  • 1.5 L I4 TDCi (diesel)

Getting the right uprated upgrades for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 competition upgrades just don't work well on the road and will make the car undrivable.

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Best mods for your EcoSport

  1. Fast road cams are are often the best upgrade for an engine, but they must be fitted by someone who knows what they are doing and it is often hard to find a suitable cam near you but you'll probably find a local firm to regrind a stock camshaft .
  2. EcoSport Suspension Upgrades - Fitting a more sporty Suspension kit dramatically improves EcoSport handling Coilovers and Bushings are the usual go to mods
  3. Turbo upgrades - A New Turbo is the most dramatic method to increase air supply, ensuring you are able to use more fuel and make higher power. Typically one of the most complex modifications you'll see massive gains.
  4. Head work - The goals of porting and flowing the head are to get air flowing into the engine while removing flow restrictions and turbulence.
  5. Mapping - A Remapped EcoSport ECU offers the biggest gains for your outlay, replacement ECUs, and inline Tuning boxes are all alternatives.
  6. Braking Mods - Stopping your EcoSport ought to be high on your agenda.
  7. Lighter flywheels - a lower mass flywheel will enhance the engines rev changes. In some cases flywheel lightening is not beneficial for all EcoSport engines.
  8. Intake and Sports Exhausts - Note that on their own these mods will NOT ADD POWER in most cases, but they will enable you to release power after other upgrades by losing a restriction.

EcoSport Tuning Stages

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Lighter flywheel, Alloy wheels, Sports exhaust, Suspension upgrade (drop 30mm - 41 mm.), Panel air filter, Remap.

Typical stage 2 mods often include: fuel pump upgrades, high flow fuel injector, Ported and polished head, Power/Sport clutch, Fast road cam.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Sports gearbox, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Engine balancing, Competition cam.

Your goal when tuning the engine should be a nice flat torque output. You want to avoid sending all the power to be at the top end unless you are creating a motor sport car.

In this article we shall give a limited introduction to the best performance parts for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance modification.A fast road camshaft will be one of the best NASP power mods you can do with a single part fitted to your engine.

It maximises the intake and exhaust durations and pushes up the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a performance chip. We'd also caution you not to go with a motor sports profile cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to uprate the fuelling.

Using higher octane fuel is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Ford project after fitting other modified upgrades. To get sufficient fuel you may need to upgrade the injectors on your engine.

A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may need to uprate this if your injectors are demanding more fuel.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine.  Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little if any power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only help and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope!

Induction kits can work well on turbo engines and larger engines (if supplied with a suitable cold air feed or air box), generally though we'd just recommend for EcoSport engines you should settle for a high performance panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Sports exhausts will certainly help air flow through the engine but do not go too wide or you might just stuff your flow rate and make things worse. So generally speaking, keep to a size of 1.5 to 2.5 inches for best results.

Head work including a head port and polished and 3 or 5 angle valve job will really help to release the potential of the engine. A good fast road power clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never skimp or expect the standard OEM clutch to cope. The best mods in our opinion for your EcoSport are fast road camshaft, remap, induction and exhaust, suspension.

NA (naturally aspirated) engines do not achieve big power gains if you remap them, unless you have done extensive modifications. With turbocharged engines this is another story. A remapped turbo will give impressive power gains and take full advantage of the strength of the block.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twincharging applications and making some very high power hikes.

Adding forced induction will see significant power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. It is usually cheaper to bolt on a supercharger than it is to install a turbo. With a turbo the power curve is related exponentially to the engine speed making it more challenging to map.

The nice steady boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them more straightforward to map. Alternatively you could install water injection to reduce the risk of knock.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Due to the fact that alloys are lighter they improve performance and they will help to cool the brake disks. Get a good soft compound tire to improve your handling and help improve traction on your EcoSport. Please note that although they can look cool on the EcoSport big alloys will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

Due to this we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 17 inches, although we know some of our members have fitted larger wheels with no problems.

  • 2018 Ford Ecosport Tire Size
    S 205/60R16
    SE 205/60R16 & 205/50R17
    SES 205/50R17
    Titanium. 205/50R17
  • 2019 Ford Ecosport Tire Size
    S 205/60R16
    SE 205/60R16 & 205/50R17
    SES 205/50R17
    Titanium. 205/50R17
  • 2020 Ford Ecosport Tire Size
    S 205/60R16
  • SE 205/60R16 & 205/50R17
    SES 205/50R17
    Titanium 205/50R17

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One Response to “EcoSport Tuning”

  1. Barry says:

    Found this a great read honestly. Only I would say is to hot more on where and what to get for the parts. I ha e a 2021 I’m thinking about a turbo add on. Possibly rear mount. Not really sure yet on it’s placement. But if your sections hit more on who makes stuff for them. That would be amazing for someone trying to gain power. I use mi e as a daily. I have had it for 3 months and put about 4000milea a month on it. You could also hit on the amazing awd. I swear it’s an undercover rally car from ford. In 2’ of snow I drove through ditches around big lifted trucks and kept on going. I normally drive a big diesel 2500 Cummins with a manual trans. But damn if I do t love this little car

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