Under the skin: How Godzilla is powering Ford’s pick-up trucks

Following the V8 engine’s explanation last week, how can we not keep an eye on Ford’s new 7.3-liter Godzilla V8? Announced last year for Ford’s next crop of Super Duty pick-up trucks, the Godzilla edge is far from cut; In fact, it’s just as old-school as it is today.

Returning to the 1950s Ford FE Big-Block V8, which was also developed for trucks but running on electricity like the Mustangs of the 1960s, the Godzilla is a two-valve-per-cylinder pushrod engine that uses modern fuel injection instead of the traditional tidal port. . It still has a cast alloy-iron block but has an alloy cylinder head and is made using modern materials and components such as a low-friction-coated piston and a variable-capacity oil pump that takes less power when the engine is not working so hard. .

Inside the engine block is a single camshaft of a pushrod engine, passing the pushrod through the block to handle the exhaust and inlet valves in the head of the cylinder. This is easier and cheaper than using overhead camshafts, which is more efficient, as they work almost directly above the valve. But it does have a variable camshaft timing system that helps it perform optimally at different revs and loads (no matter how hard it works). Another small advantage of cam-in-block design is that it reduces engine height.

Godzilla isn’t taking any game forward, but it’s impossible for engine lovers not to get excited about it. Ford Performance is now delivering a huge V8 as a ‘crate’ engine for sheds below 00 6300 in the United States (literally you order it and it comes in a crate), paving the way for anyone who wants a road or racing project

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In its standard form, the Godzilla is designed to run on relatively low-octane fuels (87) and produces 430bhp at 5500rpm and 475lb ft of torque at 4000rpm, with a compression ratio of 10.5: 1 with these figures required for larger pickup trucks. Stamp-tension reflects strength and torque but its core figures make it much more mature. It has forged steel crankshaft as standard as cast iron, good quality pistons and connecting rods and oil jet-cooled pistons.

Tuning parts are already being made for Godzilla and engine developers are in the case. Michigan-based Team Z Motorsports, led by Brian Wolf, former head of Ford Performance, demonstrated a modified natural ambitious Godzilla under 790 bhp in a dynamometer test. When supercharged it is expected to be 1600 bhp. This is aided by its sleek design, which includes four-bolt and cross-bolted core bearing caps that are attached to a steel crankshaft and attached to a huge strong bottom end.

While Godzilla can rarely be described as a new technology, the vast amount of experience in producing engines like Ford’s should ensure that it is one of the best manufactured of its time.

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