|Ford Says No Twin Turbo GT500 Coming
For the past few months there have been numerous reports that Ford Motor Company was developing a twin turbo version of their hot new 5.0L engine, which recently debuted in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, for use in the next generation Shelby GT500; most likely the 2012 model. We regret that we now have confirmation from Ford that there will be no twin turbo GT500 coming any time soon.
A recent article by Autoblog cites Ford Motor Company chief engineer for the new 5.0L and 6.2L powerplants, Mike Harrison, who explained that engineering such a configuration would be nearly impossible due to the lack of room in the engine compartment. "There is evidently no room to mount the turbos on the outside of the block where the exhaust currently resides. One possibility would be to put the turbos in the valley of the block similar to the new 6.7-liter diesel or BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, but this creates a bunch of new problems as well. The heat generated by having the turbos up top would probably cause the paint on the hood to bubble and peel unless Ford could add some exotic and undoubtedly expensive heat shielding, which is unlikely to happen."
Whether the GT500 will ever carry it's own version of the new 5.0L is something we'll have to wait and see. One certainty is that the Shelby GT500 will keep it's 5.4L engine for the 2011 model year, mostly likely due mid year with an all new aluminum block.
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