What a strange and brief ride it has been with Ford’s Godzilla 7.3-liter V8 gas engine. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the manufacturer debuted the new heart of the Super Duty range, and while it was acknowledged that the engine would fit into the F-150 pickup and the Mustang, the automaker said there was “almost no chance” that it would put the engine in either product. Ford did tuners a huge favor by making the Godzilla engine available as a crate motor that is compatible with the 10-speed automatic transmission. YouTuber REVan Evan (Evan Smith) observed a drag racer and tuner working together on a Mustang dragster powered by the 7.3-liter engine within a year. The Drive noticed that the same YouTuber had returned to explain a mystery that had been lingering since earlier in the year. A Mustang prototype sporting an unusual hood bulge was spotted by spies back in March. Experts speculated on any number of possible explanations, including Godzilla piloting a modified Mustang. What we suspected was true, as Revan Evan has now revealed.
Research There is a 540-pound iron lump in the engine compartment, but the manufacturer has no plans to produce a Mustang from it. In the video, Ford engineers can be seen developing a crate engine and transmission package that would combine Godzilla with a manual transmission for the monster truck. The Mustang GT350 mule chosen for testing was “just lying around” in the prototype fleet, so engineers opted to use it. The throttle body in front of the engine is angled up in the Super Duty trucks, so the hood has a polygonal protrusion to allow air to flow over it. This calls for piping from the throttle neck to ascend further before angling downward at a ninety-degree angle and into a cold-air intake. The final crate package will have modifications like a horizontal throttle body to fit under the Mustang’s body lines, slightly shorter runners to raise the redline, and a larger throttle flange to accommodate the Mustang GT500.
The 7.3-liter engine with 10-speed automatic transmission costs $19,995 right now. We expect to have the new drivetrain available for purchase by the end of the year at a price that is “very competitive.”
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