Rick is still working out the bugs. We think this car has mid 9s in it.
Big Thanks to Michael Johnson for the pics.
Rick has been doing so much travelling around the area to do tuning that we had to add a vehicle to the amazon fleet that gets better gas milage than a F350 does.Ford Escape Ecoboost fit the bill and turned out to be a fun vehicle after a bit of tweeking.
Rick got with our friends at JMS for a little ecoboost love. Nothing like a Pedal Max and Boost Max on any ecoboost. Easy way for the little 2.0 ecoboost to gain 5 lbs of boost, 26 rwhp and 20 ft-lbs of torque and that’s on just 87 octane! The Pedal Max will add amazing throttle response and really help with the turbo lag.
All I can say is WOW! I put a gauge on it and she’s running around 21lbs of boost. Before it was only 15.5 lbs. This is done with 93 octane. The data log shows 0 knock retard and it’s still really rich at around 10.7 to 10.9 a/f at wot. I’ll now do a little tuning on the fueling, spark and tranny on the dyno.NGauge in our 2.0 Ecoboost Escape. Installing a Boost Max and the NGauge will let me log it. Data log looks good, Now it’s time to put the Boost and Pedal Max on. Green filter with the MBRP inlet tube will be next then we will put it on the dyno. Since it’s the same motor as the Focus ST we will see the automatic powertrain loss vs the ST’s manual.
We also intend to reach more customers than ever and not be limited by geography by adding a mobile dyno for track days and other events. ATS will continue to offer great email and remote tuning backed by years of experience from our tuner, Rick Erdman.
Based on customer feedback, we feel this is a good decision to be able to expand service to our customers, wherever they may be.
We’ll be able to offer the very best custom tuning to our local dyno customers and also be able to serve events up and down the east coast and around the country.
While a large amount of the work we do here at ATS is email tuning, sometimes you just need a dyno. Rick was one of the very first tuners to travel to his customers to tune but now we will have the option to also bring our own dyno.
Meanwhile, our HP Tuners, JMS, VMP Performance and Gulf Racing Fuels sponsored 2015 Mustang GT is getting ready for the 2017 NMRA events, We hope to see you there.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve acquired two vehicles: a 2013 Ford Explorer Sport EcoBoost and a 2014 C7 Corvette!
Both will be used for work and pleasure, and the modifications have already begun! The corvette has already been tuned by Rick using HP Tuners VCM Suite and an AFE Cold Air Kit has been installed, as well as a black hood stripe.
Here are a couple photos of the work in progress: Who doesn’t love yellow and black?
For the Explorer Sport, we have big plans. With AWD and a 3.5 twin turbo EcoBoost power plant, these things absolutely rip with tuning upgrades, and we plan to start off by installing a JMS PedalMax, BoostMax and an HP Tuners nGauge.
The PedalMax and BoostMax are huge “bang for your buck” upgrades that are not only incredibly simple to install (plug and play), they don’t require any additional programming. The PedalMax eliminates the lag in the throttle that many modern cars have, especially boosted cars and makes a huge difference you can feel instantly. An optional, remote knob lets you adjust sensitivity on the fly. You can literally hold your foot steady, turn the knob and feel the vehicle accelerate.
The BoostMax makes 90+ RWHP with a simple plug and play device and it’s easily removable as needed! At $299, it’s huge HP per dollar!
And for serious HP gains of 150+, we’re going to ad an HP Tuners nGauge with custom tuning by Rick. The nGauge is a fully programmable gauge, datalogger and custom tuning device–all in one! It can hold 20+ custom calibrations, so you can take it to the track and see which tunes net you the highest MPH and lowest ET. We sell the HP Tuners nGauge for $449 with free shipping, plus custom tuning fees.
We’re really looking forward to these upgrades: A tuned explorer sport is as fun as a “grocery getter” gets! Here are a couple photos. The truck is bone stock and ready for upgrades!
Though we’ve been doing our fair share of mustang tuning recently, Rick has been tuning Corvettes, Camaros and other Ford, GM and Dodge vehicles for over 20 years. Because the EcoBoost platform has become immensely popular, and the 3.5 EcoBoost makes an appearance in many platforms, including the Taurus SHO (another vehicle in our fleet!), Ford F150 and, of course, the Explorer Sport EcoBoost, we’ve decided to make this an area of focus and offer top-notch EcoBoost tunes that focus on power, mileage and drivability.
Boosted vehicles love tuning, and they usually see notable mileage gains once settle down and go back to driving “normal”, though we are not exactly familiar with what that means. Isn’t the throttle meant to be an on/off switch? =o)
In all seriousness: If you own a vehicle with a Ford 3.5 EcoBoost, you’re doing it an injustice by leaving it stock. There is so much power potential, you can easily turn your EcoBoost into an EcoBEAST. Call us for a custom tune, PedalMax or BoostMax!
We’re happy to announce that Amazon Tuning Solutions is now a distributor of Solo Performance, a manufacturer of fairly priced, smartly engineered exhaust systems for Mustang, Camaro, Challenger/Charger, Ford and Dodge trucks, and a host of other vehicles.
We’ve had great feedback regarding their Mustang and F150 exhaust systems, which fit well, sound amazing and fit the budget. Solo uses a modular muffler system, so you can choose between a “louder” or “quieter” system before you order.
Check out their Mach Thunder S550 kit HERE. If you prefer a more quiet exhaust, you can go with their Mach XV system.
If you have a Mustang GT, you can choose the tips in the photo above, or you can customize with a wide selection of tips on the Solo Performance website. If you’re looking to piece a system together yourself or wish to add a resonator (or run only a resonator), they also have a wide selection that you can see HERE.
They also have any hardware you need to build your exhaust system. Solo Performance is as individual as you are!
For Engine Applications that Require 110 – 116 Octane and Compression Ratios of Up to 15:1
Gulf’s additive lead replacement performs better than leaded fuels by producing more effective lubricity, while resisting detonation. The product reaches its stoichiometric value between 14.8:1 and 14.9:1 at idle/closed loop; and further, will not damage oxygen sensing systems or catalytic converters, while avoiding ethanol entirely.
They call it “fishing” for a reason. You aren’t guaranteed to catch fish, otherwise it would be called “catching”. The same goes for racing: It’s not called “winning” for a reason: Sometimes you have to do a lot of racing, break some parts, change strategies, fabricate new parts, race some more and then you might start winning.
We’ve built our 2015 Mustang GT to be a winner. After a broken clutch and rear end, we decided to take things to the next level with a Performance Automatic Super Comp 4R70W and Circle D converter.
The Performance Automatic Super Comp 4R70W was built to handle 950 HP in severe duty race applications. Full manual shift control, premium racing clutches, special sprag, hardened input shaft and an aluminum deep sump pan are what give this transmission the tools for success and the very reasons we chose to go with Performance Automatic.
The final piece of the puzzle for our VMP Supercharged, ATS tuned (using HP Tuners) S550 is a custom driveshaft from Frank at The Driveshaft Shop. We should have the custom driveshaft installed and ready to go by next week!
Please stop by our booth on the midway at NMRA in Commerce, GA this weekend to talk about the conversion or for custom tuning advice. The 4R70W swap is becoming popular and we would love to help you in your journey for lower ET’s and higher MPH. Rick spent a lot of time to get this car built and we’re excited to see what the rest of the NMRA season holds!
At AMAZON TUNING SOLUTIONS whether you work remotely via email to order a tune or have your car tuned on our in house, state of the art 1100 SE Mustang Dyno it will be hard to find anyone with more experience tuning domestic performance vehicles than our master tuner, RICK ERDMAN.
Jeff went with us to NMRA Atlanta 2015 and pitted with us at our space on the vendor midway. He also ran the car in True Street and took the title in the 13 sec division. Not bad for a basically stock vehicle.
The NMRA Spring Break Shootout is only a few weeks away and we hope to see you there!
With another year of sponsorship from HP Tuners, ATS is excited for what the 2016 NMRA race season holds. Rick will be running our 2015 VMP Supercharged Mustang GT in NMRA Super Stang and the car is really dialed in this year: We’ve broken in the Ram clutch, custom dyno tuned the car with the HP Tuners nGauge and have plenty of race fuel to burn!
Last year was our first year back on the race scene in over 10 years, and though we had a few setbacks, it was still a record year. For 2016, we plan to take tuning support on the road to a whole new level. If you’re new to tuning or are looking for a custom tune for your own vehicle, please stop by our booth on the midway and talk to Rick or Linn. Rick has been tuning since 1998, which means if the tuning platform exists, he has probably tuned with it. ATS can offer email tunes on any platform, including SCT, Diablosport and our personal preference: HP Tuners.
Get tuned at the track! We can schedule your tune ahead of time to take place at your local NMRA event.
Though we take pride in offering awesome email tunes, if you happen to be local to an NMRA event this year, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. Rick can tune your car right there at the track, and if you drive a mustang or other Ford vehicle, we can install and tune an HP Tuners nGauge on site. You can pull right up to our booth and get custom tuning with a personal touch and a great photo op.
Speaking of photos: We’re going to do more photo shoots in 2016!
Tristan has stepped right into her role as Miss ATS and we can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can schedule our next ATS photo shoot. We also plan to have Tristan host one of our customer appreciation days, which will be a private track rental open ONLY to ATS customers!
If you’re an ATS customer and would like to attend one of our customer appreciation events or meet up with us at an NMRA event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
At AMAZON TUNING SOLUTIONS whether you work remotely via email to order a tune or have your car tuned on our in house, state of the art 1100 SE Mustang Dyno it will be hard to find anyone with more experience tuning domestic performance vehicles than RICK ERDMAN. He has spent 0ver 30 years studying and researching datalogs from the street and dyno to develop his tuning files. It is his goal to use his many years of tuning experience and knowledge to offer tunes with safety, reliability and drivability.
Each tune is customized for your vehicle’s present modifications, individual location and driving style. A preliminary tune is done specifically for your vehicle. It is then verified and dialed in by datalogging specific parameters and AF readings.
Rick has many safeguards in place to insure engine longevity. He is always accessible and happy to talk to anyone at length and in more detail about his tuning process. Appointments are necessary for tuning, but you can stop by any time or call to consult with Rick or just hang out with the gang. Stop by today and experience the difference in quality and service with guaranteed work and better performance from Amazon Tuning Solutions.
Remote tuning is a process that our ATS tuning specialist Rick Erdman has offered for many years. He was one of the very first tuners to offer it to his customers who driving to us for a dyno tune was not an option. He has remotely tuned thousands of vehicles all over the world.
Initially a preliminary tune file is emailed to you that is based on your vehicle modifications. It is then verified by datalogging specific parameters. The datalogged parameters are then returned via email and the tune is dialed in and resent via email.
Remotely tuning is not for everyone. It can sometimes be a time consuming process. Patience and good communication are essential. If you are willing to dedicate the time required it can be a very viable option to dyno tuning when you do not have access to a reputable dyno tuner in your area.
If you are interested in knowing more about our remote tuning process give us a call at 704 662 0881 or email Rick@amazontuningsolutions.com for a personal consultation with Rick.
Rick has spent countless hours developing tunes for the 2015-2016 S550 mustang. With the release of the HP Tuners nGauge into the tuning market, we’ve never been more busy cranking out custom tunes! To date, we’ve been known as Ford Lightning and 03/04 Cobra tuners–and we still are, but adapting to industry changes is important. As a result, we’re full swing with the 2011-2015 mustang.
Now that we have an entirely new generation of mustang owners, we feel privileged to have so much seat time on the dyno with 2011-2015 mustangs and because of this we’re making this platform a heavy focus going forward. With so many enthusiasts buying these cars, this market has nowhere to go but up!
But let’s focus on tuning development and mail order tuning, because all mail order/email tuners are not alike. Rick Erdman has worked hard to build tried and true tuned files for your Coyote mustang, regardless of your modifications. We’ve been on the dyno with it normally aspirated, with a positive displacement blower (VMP), a Centrifugal supercharger (Procharger), nitrous, turbo…you name it! These custom tunes aren’t developed from theory alone: We’ve spend the hard hours on the dyno and at the track.
A big bonus you get with ATS: Free tuning revisions
ATS offers free revisions for 1 year if your modifications change. We understand that many of you will purchase and install modifications, only to change your mind after installing them. This happens for numerous reasons, but it’s mostly linked to a horsepower addiction–an addiction we condone through and through. Long story short: If you buy an HP Tuners nGauge from ATS, we tune your car for you and you decide 6 months later that you need a smaller supercharger pulley for more boost, we will provide a tuning update for you at absolutely no cost. There are obviously some limitations on this: You can’t rip the entire car apart, build the engine and change everything while expecting a free tuning revision–but for reasonable changes linked to your horsepower addiction–we salute you and your mission for more horsepower with free revisions =o)
For more info, please email email@example.com or call 704-662-0881
It’s a great time to own a muscle car, especially the 2015 Ford Mustang GT…arguably the most mod friendly car on the planet right now. It’s fast, handles well, loves boost, and has plenty of tuning options. And now, Amazon Tuning Solutions can make sure your Mustang GT is running in top form on both the street and on the race track. Introducing: FREE RACE FUEL TUNES!
Race fuel and a race fuel tune can be a lot of fun, but you do have to be careful which fuel you choose when you’re dealing with a modern vehicle, especially the 2011-2016 Mustang GT.
These mustangs run in “closed loop” constantly. In other words, the PCM is always monitoring Air/Fuel ratio to make sure you’re hitting the target AFR, rather than “forcing” in fuel values from an open loop table. This distinction is important: It adds consistency to the tuning process, but it does cause issues with leaded race fuel.
Why? Because it’s a known fact that leaded race fuel damages O2 sensors, and replacing them regularly isn’t a desirable option due to cost, inconvenience and potential inconsistency. We’re not dealing with a 50 year old car, so why should we use 100 year old fuel technology?
Fortunately, there are ultra high octane, unleaded race fuels that are perfect for your Mustang GT and our personal fuel of choice at ATS is Gulf Racing Fuel.
Our very own 2015 Mustang GT runs on Gulf Mach 116, a 116 octane (R+M/2) unleaded race fuel that delivers the power and safety margin we need at the track. Even if you don’t need 116 octane, Amazon Tuning Solutions can get you tuned at any octane level, from 87-116 and the Gulf Mach series of unleaded race fuel comes in 105, 110 and 116 octane levels, so there’s a flavor for every car, from mild to wild!
The race fuel blend: An economical and safe street & track car solution.
It’s long been a challenge to dial in a dual purpose street/track car without compromise. While running pump gas on the street and race fuel at the track sounds great on paper, what if you’re driving to the track? What if you still have 1/4 tank of fuel? What if you want to drive your car to work all week, then take off Friday night and head straight to the drags? How do you make sure your fuel mix is perfect? In short, you can’t..unless you’re draining your fuel tank every time, but this isn’t practical for a street car, so what is the solution?
Gulf Mach 116, with it’s non oxygenated, unleaded properties and similar stoich to pump gas, gives you the ability to run a BLEND of race fuel with pump 93, and The Amazon Tuning Solutions race fuel tune can be built to compensate for your blend.
For example, let’s say you buy an HP Tuners nGauge with a street 93 tune from ATS for your VMP Supercharged 2012 Mustang GT: Any reputable, experienced tuner can dial in a great 93 octane tune and, since pump gas is generally consistent, the knock sensors can compensate for the occasional “bad” tank of fuel, as oxygenation levels only vary a few percent. But how do you create a race fuel tune when you’re intending to run both race fuel and pump gas on the same day? Making this even more challenging is the fact that many race fuels are oxygenated and have a radically different stoich than pump fuel. Now we’re looking at a completely different Mass Airflow transfer function and any type of “blending” becomes irresponsible.
A solution that has worked for us is the “Gulf 105 tune”, which consists of either running Gulf Mach 105 full time, or creating a 105 octane tune that performs well on a blend of 93 octane and 116 octane, creating a 105 octane “blended” fuel in a 50/50 ratio.
How does this work in the real world? Simple! Let’s say you want to take your car to the track and run your 105 octane race fuel, but it still has half a tank of pump 93. We’ve found that Gulf Mach 116 unleaded is so potent, you can blend it 50/50 with pump 93 and make a great performing 105 octane fuel. And what happens if you miss the mark a little bit? Our tune can compensate for mild to moderate variances in octane, giving you flexibility to go to the track whenever you want. What this really amounts to is us tuning your car for 100 octane, where a race fuel “over fill” simply serves as an extra pad against detonation, but an under fill is still safe and within the acceptable octane range.
Gulf Racing Fuels are also available in hazmat-approved 5 gallon pails, making it easy for you to add fuel at the last minute for a night at the track. Then you can drive the car home, refill with 93 octane and switch back to your street tune using the HP Tuners nGauge–all without cables in your lap or needing to remember to take your programmer with you. The nGauge mounts right on the dash and blends in with Ford’s design.
To order your HP Tuners nGauge with your street and free Gulf Racing Fuel tune, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which type of race fuel tune you’d like to run!
You can also call us at 704-662-0881
“Customer service anymore seems to be a long lost commodity. This is especially seen within the automotive enthusiast community. When your car is your baby, you want it to be a priority for your builder, and especially your tuner. I’ve been using the same tuner for 7 years now because we’ve become fast friends. When he’s not tuning, he’s racing his own 2015 mustang, which is sponsored by HP Tuners no less. And be it that he also has an engineering degree and is a master electrician, along with his 18 years of tuning experience he isn’t often left scratching his head when a problem comes up. I’ve had days on the dyno that left me sick to my stomach because I was having mechanical problems, and Rick has taken me to lunch because he felt sorry for me. I’ve never been rushed off the dyno at Amazon Tuning Solutions. When I take care of my end on a build, Rick takes care of his end with the tuning. And if I ever have a question or want something tweaked, he emails it to me for free-over and over until I’m satisfied with the car.” Zach Jordan