Ford’s Godzilla 7.3-Liter Truck Engine Built To 780 Horsepower
The guys at Team Z Motorsports in Detroit keep the classic art of hot rodding alive with a modern twist. The team plans to take one of Ford’s smallest cars, the Foxbody Mustang, and implant it with Ford’s largest modern V8, the all-new 7.3-liter Godzilla V8. While cramming a big engine into a small car is a familiar recipe, the new ingredients make it an interesting project as the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 turns out to have great performance potential.
Brian Wolfe is a longtime Mustang driver and former Ford engineer who at one point headed Ford Racing Technology among other impressive titles. His intimate knowledge of Ford engineering and his passion for building racing cars led him to undertake this latest project with the help of Dave Zimmerman, owner of Team Z Motorsports. Packing a Godzilla V8 in a Foxbody race car is a great way to test the limits of what’s possible with Ford’s new rugged engine straight from their F-250.
The Ford Godzilla V8 is a 7.3L pushrod V8 engine designed to be durable through an extended period of heavy use in a work truck application. This rugged design is the perfect platform to build a performance engine since the Godzilla V8 arrives over-designed from the factory. In the F-250, the Godzilla V8 produces 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque.
On the dynamometer with light mods, from Team Z Motorsports, the 7.3 produced around 600 horsepower. In its latest iteration with a full build for possible heavy duty application, the Godzilla V8 produced an impressive 790 horsepower. We’re thrilled to see the power of this engine once it has been put to work with the 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger it was designed for. Estimates are around 1,600 horsepower, which is almost four times the plant’s rated horsepower.