big manufacturers have leaned hard into the crate-engine game. chevrolet sells nearly 80 different stand-alone motors, while dodge just added a fifth v-8—a supercharged hemi—to its crate engine lineup. ford currently has a healthy selection of crate motors available through its performance parts division. according to this latest report, that selection could expand to include the engine from the mustang shelby gt500.
"we're in early control-pack development right now to be able to run the engine," ford performance product manager of engines, drivetrain, and calibrations mike goodwin told ford authority in a recent interview. "it's a little simpler setup because it's not full [direct injection] like the gen 3 coyote is, but we are working on that."
the engine in question, nicknamed predator, is a derivative of the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter v-8 in the shelby gt350. it uses a cross-plane crankshaft, port injection, and a supercharger. in the gt500, it makes 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, though it's not clear ford will increase or decrease output if it's sold in crate form.
as ford authority points out, this v-8 would be the most powerful engine in ford's crate-motor lineup, should it be made available. currently, the most powerful crate engine you can buy from the company is its naturally aspirated 572-cubic-inch v-8, which makes 655 horsepower and 710 lb-ft of torque.