The guys from Team Z Motorsports in Detroit keep the classic art of hot rodding alive with a modern twist. The team plans to implant one of Ford’s smallest cars, the Foxbody Mustang, 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 well-known recipe, the new ingredients make this project an interesting one as the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 has great performance potential.
Brian Wolfe is a lifelong Mustang racing driver and former Ford engineer who at one point was the head of Ford Racing Technology, among other things. His intimate knowledge of Ford engineering and his passion for building racing cars led him to take on this latest project with the help of Dave Zimmerman, owner of Team Z Motorsports. Forcing a Godzilla V8 into a Foxbody racing car is a great way to test the limits of what is possible with Ford̵
The Ford Godzilla V8 is a 7.3 liter pushrod V8 engine designed for extended periods of intensive use in a work truck. This robust design is the perfect platform for building a performance engine, as the Godzilla V8 is delivered overdeveloped from the factory. In the F-250, the Godzilla V8 puts out 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque.
On the test bench with light mods from Team Z Motorsports, the 7.3 developed around 600 hp. In its latest version with a full build for a possibly improved application, the Godzilla V8 developed an impressive 790 hp. We are excited to see how much power this engine delivers when run on the 3.0 liter Whipple compressor for which it was built. Estimates assume around 1600 hp, which is almost four times the factory output.