Unlocking the Potential of the F-150 Raptor Starts with a Tuning Device

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Cobb Tuning explains the features of their Accessport tuning device in the EcoBoost-powered Raptor.

The newest Ford F-150 Raptor is the most-powerful half-ton pickup ever offered by the Motor Company, but the high output EcoBoost V6 has power to be unlocked with an aftermarket tuning device. One of the companies that offers a tuning device for the high performance pickup is Cobb Tuning and on their official YouTube channel, the tuning experts explain why you want an Accessport in your new F-150.

Not only does this simple plug-and-play gadget add power and improve efficiency, but the Cobb device also offers diagnostic capabilities, data-logging capabilities, a huge spread of gauges, a shift light and even the ability to remove the face to have it painted to match your new Raptor.

Cobb Tuning F-150 Raptor Intro

Adding Power

The key purpose of the Cobb Tuning Accessport is to improve the efficiency of the engine function, which adds power and improves fuel economy when the Raptor isn’t being driven hard. The tunes are designed to improve performance when racing down the track or through the mud, but they also offer improved towing capabilities by means of specially-designed tunes.

Raptor with Accessport

The Accessport comes with a handful of preloaded engine tunes that are designed to offer a steady improvement over stock, but the device also has room for up to 100 custom tunes. Once a Raptor owner has the Accessport, he or she can go to any authorized Cobb ProTuner for a custom tune in your local air conditions with the fuel that is available in your area. Of course, the custom tune also accounts for any other performance upgrades, so if you add a new intercooler, a cold air intake, free-flowing exhaust or a bigger turbocharger, the Cobb ProTuner shops can design a tune that yields the most power.

Raptor on a Dyno

The video doesn’t talk about power gains, but in looking around the Cobb website, their Stage 1 93 octane tune delivers horsepower and torque gains of 18%. Considering the stock numbers of 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, an 18% increase would yield around 531 horsepower and 602 lb-ft of torque.

Other Features

While the power increases and the possibility of better fuel economy are the key attractions of the Cobb Accessport, it can also be a great tool for monitoring the internal workings of your engine. The device offers gauges for just about every imaginable metric the engine along with checking the status of other systems throughout the vehicle. It also serves as a scanner for any check engine lights and after a day of racing, the Accessport allows you to upload your engine logs to a computer for easy viewing.

Raptor Accessport Gauges

At $675, the Cobb Tuning Accessport isn’t cheap, but when you consider the power increases and the other features, this is a great modification for your new Ford F-150 Raptor. Whether you plan to stay relatively stock or if you want to make monster power, a tuning device like the one shown in this video is a benefit to any performance vehicle.

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