Ford's New V8 Can Make Big Power With Little Effort

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Ford's new 7.3L could be the Chevy small-block alternative you've been looking for.

Chevy small-block V8 swaps are nearly ubiquitous in the automotive enthusiast world. Thanks to their compact cam-in-block architecture, Chevrolet's LS- and LT-series V8 engines are small enough to fit a huge variety of engine bays, from the Porsche 911 down to the Mazda Miata.

Ford, which switched over to overhead-cam V8 engines some two decades ago, hasn't really had much of anything to compete. Until, that is, the launch of the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty, which brought with it a new 7.3L "Godzilla" pushrod V8. That's 445 cubic inches of mean pushrod thrust - nearly as much displacement as the biggest Chevy small-block crate engines ever produced, at 454 inches.

REVan Evan via YouTube
REVan Evan via YouTube
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So, what can you do with it? Being as the engine is very new, we still don't know what engine swap projects Ford's Godzilla motor might be just right for, save for one: the Fox-body Mustang. Recently, YouTuber REVan Evan posted a video documenting a Fox-body Godzilla swap currently underway by the infamous Brian Wolfe - the former Director of Ford Racing, and a pioneering drag racer - and it gives us hope for a future lousy with Godzilla-swapped 'Stangs.

It gets better, because this particular Godzilla is modified from stock, featuring upgraded cylinder heads, a reworked intake, and a higher-lift camshaft.

REVan Evan via YouTube
REVan Evan via YouTube

The end result: a stout 600 peak horsepower, giving this 7.3L V8 nearly the same volume-specific power output as Ford's last port-injected Coyote V8 from the 2017 Mustang. That's an absolutely awesome amount of power for an engine with two valves per cylinder and a relatively low redline.

Something important to keep in mind: to our knowledge, for now, Ford's new 7.3L Godzilla V8 isn't available as a crate motor, making it exceedingly difficult to get ahold of. But if someone wanted to, say, start an online petition to press Ford to offer it as a crate engine, they would have our full support.

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