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The Right Fuel Goes A Long Way

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Off-Road Truck
Image via Ford.

The Ford Maverick is popular; there’s no denying that. With exquisite fuel economy and versatility, it’s a fantastic pickup. Though, when the power comes into play, there’s always room for improvement, with 191 horsepower with the hybrid powertrain and 250 horsepower with the gas-only variation. It’s no muscle car, but it can certainly hold its own on the road and haul quite a substantial amount despite its compact stature. But, if you want more power, it’s easily made possible with a Flex-Fuel capable tune. That means it can run on high-octane E85 ethanol fuel.

Similarly, this is how the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 manages to create its record-breaking 1,025 horsepower. E85 for the win.

Ford Maverick E85 Tune: Details

A recent video posted by Livernois Motorsports & Engineering showcases a 2.0-liter (gas-only) 2022 Ford Maverick equipped with a multi-tune which enables the user to change the Ethanol content of a vehicle without having to flash the computer. By simply using the cruise control buttons, the truck’s tune can be adjusted from the E10, which is what one typically gets at a gas station, to E40, which is E85 fuel. Next, Livernois ran the truck on the dyno to check the results and compare the numbers with the standard truck, and it’s pretty impressive.

Ford Maverick EcoBoost
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The E85 tune actually yields better results than a 93 tune for the Ford Maverick, with around 45 horsepower more than the 93 tune and 35 lb-ft of torque more. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t do a great job of describing what the gains are, so we’ll run some numbers for you. In January, Livernois posted a video with the results of the 93-octane tune, which boosted the Ford Maverick‘s power by around 25%, bringing the total to just over 320 horsepower. Now, add the 45 horsepower gain over the 93 octane, which means the tune gives the Maverick around 355 ponies under the hood, comparable to what a number of the new midsize trucks on the market have, but in a smaller package.

If you’re looking to get your hands on the multi-tune used by Livernois, it’s available on their website for $599.99, and the system appears to be pretty straightforward to install.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.


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