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Ford's new V8 trumps HSV

Steve Colquhoun

September 2, 2010 - 12:17AM

Performance Falcons have gained the upper hand over rival Commodores with a new supercharged V8.

Ford Performance Vehicles is no longer the perennial bridesmaid in the local power war after it unveiled a new supercharged V8 engine this week.

The new 5.0-litre is smaller than the outgoing 5.4-litre but will produce 335kW of power in its highest tune when it becomes available in October. The output will give the Falcon GT bragging rights over the most powerful car from performance arch-rival HSV, the 325kW GTS.

FPV's entry-level GS models, however, will continue to have less power than all HSVs, featuring a recalibrated, 315kW version of the same engine.

The performance subsidiary, co-owned by Prodrive and Ford Australia, says both engines will pull strongly almost from idle, with peak torque arriving at 2200rpm. The GT's V8 produces 570Nm compared with the GS's 550Nm.

Performance continues to take precedence over fuel efficiency for the brand, with minimal improvements in consumption. Both GT and GS models have identical figures; manual V8s improve by four per cent, from 14.2 to 13.6 litres per 100km, with six-speed auto versions dropping from 14.0 to 13.7L/100km.

The 5.0-litre V8 has been imported from the US, where the engine - nicknamed 'Coyote' by Ford - is used in the Mustang in normally aspirated (307kW) form. FPV says it needed to boost the engine for the local market and fitted the V8 with an Eaton supercharger supplied by Melbourne firm Harrop Engineering.

''When we looked at the Coyote as a straight fit into the engine bay it ticked a lot of boxes, but after a lot of deliberation we came to the conclusion that that engine [with no boost] in an 1800kg body was not going to tick the box of meeting FPV customers' performance expectations,'' said Prodrive managing director Bryan Mears.

''The decision to supercharge the engine to give us the output we want is absolutely appropriate and correct for the way we see the company going forward with the product offerings we will have in the future.''

FPV's head of powertrain, Bernie Quinn, says the company had HSV in mind when developing the supercharged engine.

''One thing we didn't want was to invest all that money and have sand kicked in our face by the opposition in any way, shape or form," he says. "So we went down the route of looking at forced induction for that engine."

FPV considered a twin-turbo V8 but concluded that supercharging was the best option. It says the supercharged V8 also has ''significant future potential'', with speculation suggesting a stratospheric 375kW version isn't out of the question [see separate story].

The new V8 is 47kg lighter than the engine it replaces, which should help address the nose-heavy handling of the current FPVs.

FPV, however, is remaining coy about performance figures for its updated range. FPV general manager Rod Barrett will say only that the GT's 0-100km/h time "will surprise you".

''You'll start comparing [the GT] to things like Aston Martins, Maseratis, some Porsches,'' he says.

FPV has focused all its update investment on the new V8. The GT and GS models will bear no cosmetic changes from the current models, though the Pursuit and Super Pursuit ute models have been discontinued.

Significant reworking to accommodate the supercharger, a new active exhaust system and heavy-duty cooling equipment plus new intake manifold, air intake, lubrication and fuel systems was completed at Prodrive's Melbourne headquarters. Both engines will be hand-assembled at the Campbellfield factory, which is Australia's only V8 engine production facility.

Quinn says an uprated engine cooling system was designed with track day driving in mind, while an ''active'' exhaust system would satisfy both performance purists and drive-by noise testing.

''Typically you don't get the intake noise, that V8 sound quality, from a supercharged engine. So we knew that in order to make it sound like a V8 we'd have to do something very special. So we convinced the FPV board to spend a significant amount of money on tooling up and paying for an active exhaust system,'' he says.

''So it's quiet when you need it to be quiet and it's loud every other time.''

Unlike the rival HSV range, the FPV cars won't include a dedicated launch control feature. Quinn says his team experimented with an engine calibration that assisted with quick starts but found it affected driveability. ''If you stamp on the throttle in first gear on just about any surface, you'll lose traction,'' he concedes.

Pricing for the GS range will remain in the mid-$50,000 bracket, while the GT hero car will creep up to ''just touch $70,000''.

link:

http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/fords-new-v8-trumps-hsv-20100901-14n70.html

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Burnin' gas and kickin' ass: Ford Australia Supercharges 5.0 V8 for FPV Falcon

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010

The Ford vs. GM war continues to rage in a theater of Kangaroo meat and toilets that flush counter-clockwise. In order to give Holden (aka GM) a kick in the Down Under, Ford Australia recently dropped a load of forced induction all over its delectable Falcon GT. Unfortunately there are no cosmetic updates because all the money was spent on the engine. Rock and roll.

Ford Performance Vehicles, owned by Ford Australia and Prodrive, fell over itself to find a suitably-powered replacement for its retiring 5.4-liter.

After musing about the possibilities of twin-turbos, they decided to add a supercharger to the 5.0 instead; with it come improved cooling/fuel delivery, an active exhaust, and all the other tidbits necessary to make the car production-ready without grenading itself all over the asphalt.

The lighter, imported 5.0-liter V8 now puts down a nasty 335 kW / 449 hp and 570 Nm / 420 lb-ft, 10 kW / 13 hp more than anything HSV (Holden Specialty Vehicles) has on tap. I

n a show of pure honesty, FPV says its base Falcon GS models will come with a differently-tuned mill putting down a mere 315 kW / 422 hp and 550 Nm / 406 lb-ft, less than HSV's vehicles. Speaking of honesty, read how Australian execs talk shop about their product and then try not to move south of the equator:

Bryan Mears, Prodrive managing director says: "When we looked at the Coyote as a straight fit into the engine bay it ticked a lot of boxes, but after a lot of deliberation we came to the conclusion that that engine [with no boost] in an 1800kg body was not going to tick the box of meeting FPV customers' performance expectations...The decision to supercharge the engine to give us the output we want is absolutely appropriate and correct for the way we see the company going forward with the product offerings we will have in the future.''

Bernie Quinn, FPV powertrain chief, said: "One thing we didn't want was to invest all that money and have sand kicked in our face by the opposition in any way, shape or form...So we went down the route of looking at forced induction for that engine...Typically you don't get the intake noise, that V8 sound quality, from a supercharged engine. So we knew that in order to make it sound like a V8 we'd have to do something very special. So we convinced the FPV board to spend a significant amount of money on tooling up and paying for an active exhaust system. So it's quiet when you need it to be quiet and it's loud every other time.'

Leave it to the Australians to tell it straight without any BS in the way (although mum's the word regarding speed/acceleration numbers). Whether it's because of the Road Warrior or something much crazier and deeper-rooted (also possibly Mel Gibson), Australian performance cars have been hauling ass for a long time and don't appear to be making any attempt to slow down.

It doesn't matter if it's turbocharged inline-sixes or supercharged V8s; we all now know where to go when the CAFE and the CARB and the hybrids and the hydrogens just get to be too constricting and the urge to melt rubber and destroy our grandchildren's environment gets too strong. Oz, here I come.

P.S. The 6-speed equipped models spend 13.6 L / 100 km (17.3 mpg), while automatics burn 13.7 L / 100 km (17.2 mpg). But really, who cares?

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/burnin-gas-and-kickin-ass-ford.html

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Aussie-Built Supercharged Ford V-8 To Return Topside?

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

September 3rd, 2010

Ford Racing and Roush have already revealed supercharger kits for the new 2011 5.0-liter Mustang V-8, and earlier this week we saw the Australians' take on the theme: the Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) supercharged Falcon. Now the talk is that the FPV Falcon's milder engines may be headed back to the U.S.

Rated at just 422 and 450 horsepower in GS and GT trims, the Falcon sedan is one mean four-door machine, but just slightly meaner than the standard U.S.-spec 412-horsepower non-supercharged Mustang GT.

The talk about these superchargers coming to the U.S. comes from FPV itself, according to a report from GoAuto. FPV would like to export the units, no doubt to help boost the bottom line of what is by definition a limited-volume special for the roughly 1 million-car Aussie market.

Because they're not much more powerful--though a bit torquier--than the naturally-aspirated mills we have already, we're not going to lose much sleep if the FPV export plan doesn't come to life, but more power, especially supercharged power, is always a welcome addition to our garage.

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1049005_aussie-built-supercharged-ford-v-8-to-return-topside

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