By now everyone knows that supercharging your 2011+ 5.0 liter Mustang engine isn’t an ideal proposition for big power. The engine’s inherent 11:1 compression ratio makes adding more boost an exercise that requires an expert tuning and supercharger design format to keep it from blowing apart.
Ford Racing has come to the rescue with their new 5.0L Mustang “Aluminator” crate engine for supercharging. It’s the very same 5.0L 32-valve DOHC V-8 that with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), but comes with a lower native compression ratio of 9.5:1
Using low compression forged pistons and forged H-beam connecting rods, the engine is better suited for your high horsepower builds as it isn’t as high strung and fragile at the outset.
Inside, you will find Mahle hard anodized forged pistons and Manley H-Beam rods with ARP bolts. The block of course has cross-bolted mains and you get a large 8 quart deep sump pan too.
The heads are special too, getting roller-finger followers and BOSS 302 valve springs. It comes equipped with colder heat range zero spark plugs that are better for supercharging as well.
The engine comes complete with the standard Mustang GT intake manifold and production drive by wire 80 mm throttle body that you will likely be tossing to the side. On the front is a modified front cover that makes installation of Ford Racing superchargers easier.
The crate motor includes an injector wiring harness for manual transmission as well as a vehicle harness. The cool thing is that the mount bosses and bellhousing mount patterns are common to 4.6 modular engines, so if you have a custom build in another Mustang or Ford in mind, this engine can still be on your list.
It’s expensive, the5.0L Mustang “Aluminator” crate engine (Part #M-6007-A50SC) for supercharging retails for $8,099. But if you consider buying a 5.0 and having your local shop do the build you would likely spend close to it anyhow. And this engine comes with a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty.
More information: FordRacing.com