Whether it debuts as a 2018 or 2019 model, the next Shelby GT500 Mustang will receive a naturally aspirated 7.0L V8, according to Ford Performance sources.
“Ford’s new 7.0L V8 variant will be built in Canada, and the short blocks for the motor will be sent to FPTC (Ford Performance Technical Center) in Concord for the addition of ‘go-fast’ parts”, claims a Ford insider at the recent 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
The Ford Performance Technical Center is located in Concord, North Carolina, and is a growing component for the various Ford Performance programs, including NASCAR.
NASCAR currently runs a 358ci N/A motor in their Monster Energy Cup cars, and they are capable of nearly 1,000 horsepower without the addition of power adders. Perhaps this facility in Concord, NC is a suitable location for the completion of the new hand-built 7.0L V8 GT500 motors.
On the surface, however, this news seems to contradict Ford’s global strategy of moving to a small power plant in all of Ford’s vehicle lineup, most notably, Ford’s EcoBoost V6 line.
“This is a win-win for Ford. The Super Duty trucks will receive a 7.0L V8 to replace the aging 6.8L V10 motor, and then Ford will utilize the same short block and forged rotating assembly as a foundation for the new GT500 power plant. I can’t say much more, but know this V8 will feature direct injection, and some seriously high flowing heads and upper intake assembly.”
Our source continues: “I could go on and on about the liberal use of carbon composite materials, active aero, aluminum and the new 10-speed transmission, but it’s best that we don’t divulge too much. Just know that you will see this car debut sooner than you think.”
Editor’s Note: We were able to confirm through Automotive News that Ford is indeed working on a 7.0L V8 power plant at their Windsor plant.
Stay tuned for more GT500 news.
GT500 Render Credit: JC Design