Cobb Tuning - 7F2500-BK - F150 Raptor Black Front Mount Intercooler Kit (17-19)
- 2017 - 2020 Ford F-150 3.5L V6 EcoBoost HO Raptor
The COBB Front Mount Intercooler (FMIC) for your F-150 Raptor is the easiest way to drastically improve power when coupled with tuning from the V3 Accessport. The much larger 24" wide x 14" tall x 3.5" thick core produces a significant volume increase compared to stock, resulting in minimal pressure drop despite the significant increase in size. Straight forward installation requires minor trimming on the back side of the grille and maintains the factory Adaptive Cruise Control bracket when using the stock bumper.
Combined with an Accessport, upgrading the stock intercooler is a no brainer as the best bang for your buck modification on a F-150 Raptor. Efficiency is the name of the game and this intercooler will get the most out of your stock turbos and still has plenty left over for future upgrades to go along with it.
The intercooler plays a crucial role in any turbocharged gasoline powerplant. Its function is to cool the charged air coming from the compressor side of the turbo prior to it entering the intake manifold. With other ecoboost vehicles, the stock FMIC quickly succumbs to heat soak greatly sacrificing performance. This same issue is present with the Raptor FMIC. Let’s examine the efficiency of the stock FMIC compared to the COBB unit during a single pull on the dyno.
The data above shows the intercooler outlet air temperature with the stock FMIC in green. There is an initial drop in the temperature as wide open throttle is applied. This is due to the increased airflow over the intercooler. But, the heat generated as Boost and RPM rises quickly overcomes what the incoming air can cool through the stock FMIC. This starts a sharp rise in charge air temperature that continues to increase dramatically all the way to redline capping at 199 degrees Fahrenheit. At redline, it’s efficiency is only 50%. Let’s compare that to the COBB FMIC.
Here we see the COBB FMIC in action! Although the intercooler outlet air temp does rise a little, it peaks out at only 107 degrees Fahrenheit. This maintains a 92% or better intercooler efficiency up to redline! This is a substantial difference in the reduction of charge air temperature which offers a great deal in performance gains. These two pulls were made the same day in 95 degree ambient air temperature.
REAL WORLD TESTING
Real world conditions can sometimes vary with what is produced in a dyno cell. For that reason, we also explored some real world testing. Below is data from a full day of off-road racing. It compares the average charge air temperature relative to specific air intake temperature at different speeds. The day started with the stock FMIC. Several runs over the same course were performed and logged. The COBB FMIC was then installed that afternoon and the same course was run and logged.
CHARGE AIR TEMPERATURE COMPARISON
Despite the hotter ambient air temps, the COBB unit did a great job relative to the stock FMIC to keep the charge air temps to a minimum. One noteworthy case is that when at or near stationary(0-4 vehicle speed), the stock FMIC does keep charge air temps slightly lower. This is due to the stock intercooler fans. These must be forgone in order to increase core size. This trade-off is of benefit overall as shown with significantly cooler charge air temps when the vehicle is in motion. As expected, the greater the speed, the greater the charge air temp delta the COBB FMIC provides.
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