At SEMA, Ferrea Racing Components had a decidedly revvy four-cylinder feel to it. On display, the innovative valve train manufacturer had an EcoBoost Mustang head and a Lotus/Toyota 2ZZ head flanking its booth.
The EcoBoost Mustang has built up a good deal of tuning momentum and Ferrea is embracing the cause full force. “We are coming out and supporting the Ford EcoBoost 2.3-liter Mustang four-cylinder application with valve springs, valves, oversized valves, standard-sized valves, retainers, and spring seat locators,” says Ferrea director of marketing Zeke Urrutia. “We have also developed a budget series valve, our 6000 series, which will allow users to lean on the stock-type turbo set-up with an ECU tune that allows you to increase the boost slightly. Our valvetrain overall will allow you to run aftermarket camshafts that increase lift and spin a lot more RPM throughout the engine’s powerband. The Mustang has arrived in Europe and it’s a very hot market. The four-cylinder EcoBoost has actually started to make close to 500 horsepower with aftermarket type components, and tuning and our valvetrain upgrades are ready to help create that additional horsepower.”
Ferrea is also showing valvetrain goods for the Toyota 2ZZ-GE. This 1.8-liter mill can be found in the Celica GT-S, Corolla, and Matrix but its big claim to fame is powering the Lotus Elise/Exige in factory supercharged trim. In this configuration the 2ZZ belts out 243 horsepower. “Our new rocker upgrade for the Lotus 2ZZ-GE and Toyota engine is built strong and basically eliminates the variable valve timing system, takes half the weight off the original rocker, and uses aftermarket camshafts with this rocker design,” Urrutia said. “You can push the engine now from the stock limit of 8,200 rpm to past 10,000 rpm with this initial rocker system. It also works on the center lobe of the larger lobes of the camshaft if you run a stock-type camshaft configuration. The original OEM camshaft can be used with these type of rockers, too.”