LAS VEGAS, Nov. 4, 2003 Ford Racing Performance
Parts (FRPP) took the wraps off three in-house hot rod
projects powered the company's all-new 5.0-liter "Cammer"
V-8 crate engine which will be available from a
FRPP dealer or warehouse distributor beginning by year's
Fords "Cammer" cars displayed at SEMA
the 420 horsepower rear-wheel drive Focus RS8,
a 420 horsepower carbureted 1965 Mustang Fastback, and
the 600 horsepower supercharged FR100 Panel Truck
are the ultimate expressions of true hot rodding: big
engines in fantastic-looking packages. They use Ford factory
performance technology melded with the ingenuity of hot
rod thinking to deliver world-class power in thoroughly
"We've said all along that we intend to grow the
interest in overhead-cam technology," said Dan
Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology, in explaining
the "Cammer" project cars. "There's no
reason why a crate engine can't start, run and perform
in an aftermarket setting as well as the engines in
today's production automobiles and trucks. We see the
5.0-liter "Cammer" crate engine as the future
for tuners, project-vehicle builders and aftermarket
car and truck enthusiasts."
1965 Fastback Mustang
Swapping a high horsepower V-8 engine into a classic 1965
Mustang Fastback is a fairly common occurrence
unless, of course, you're talking about a modern Ford
Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) 5.0-liter "Cammer"
So that's precisely what FRPP engineered to wow show
goers at this years Specialty Equipment Market
Association (SEMA) show: a fully restored 1965 Mustang
2+2 powered by a special version of FRPPs hot
new 5.0-liter, four-valve "Cammer" crate engine
producing 420 horsepower. It's the perfect marriage
of Ford's Mustang performance heritage and the very
latest in advanced modular V-8 engine technology.
The idea behind the project was to show that an all-new
version of Fords 5.0-liter V-8 can find itself right
at home in the engine bay of America's original pony car.
It also demonstrates that even something as central to
the Ford enthusiast community as the first-generation
Mustang can enjoy the performance potential engineered
into the long-awaited "Cammer" crate engine
offering. A vintage 'Stang was chosen because it is a
car that any automotive hobbyist can relate to
and one that many FRPP customers already own, modify and
After the introduction of the 5.0L "Cammer"
at last year's SEMA show in the FR100 pickup truck,
many hot rod enthusiasts were not looking forward to
dealing with the modern-day electronic fuel injection
system, so Ford Racing engineers took note, and this
year's Mustang "Cammer" crate engine features
a classic downdraft carburetor setup, with four, two-barrel
Webers sitting atop a custom Ford Racing intake. Using
the carburetors also necessitated a switch from a fully
electronic to an MSD distributor ignition system.
According to Andy Schwartz, FRPP "Cammer"
engine project manager, "Even with the carburetors
in place of our advanced fuel injection setup, the 5.0-liter
four-valve "Cammer" in the '65 Mustang delivers
a healthy 420 horsepower at 6700 rpm. And the torque
curve peaks at about 395 foot-pounds at 4000 rpm."
Ford Racing didn't just pay attention to the engine compartment,
so the donor 1965 Mustang was totally disassembled and
rebuilt from the ground up. National Parts Depot Convertible
Chassis Components were installed in place of the stock
running gear, and a Heidt's Double A-Arm front suspension
was employed to provide some modern handling ability.
Helping to put the "Cammer's" power to the pavement
is a Ford Racing / Centerforce Clutch Kit and a Heavy
Duty Tremec five-speed manual transmission. Handling the
tire-churning duties out back is a Strange-equipped Ford
Racing nine-inch Ford rear axle with a 3.75:1 ring and
pinion gearset. Ford Racing supplied a prototype anti-roll
bar and a set of traction bars to complete the upgrades.
It all rides on a set of 15-inch BBS wheels wearing BFGoodrich
Radial T/A P205/55-R15's up front and P235/60-R15s in
While much of the project's appeal rides in the fact
it's all cloaked in classic Mustang sheet metal, Ford
Racing custom-crafted a prototype cold-air induction
hood to help funnel fresh air to the Webers, as well
as to signal that there's some seriously modern technology
lurking underneath. The masterfully massaged bodywork
is finished in PPG Gloss Black and buffed to a mirror
finish. Special "5.0-liter Cammer" badges
complete the look.
Inside, all the stock trim was replaced with a complete
National Parts Depot Reproduction 1965 Mustang interior.
Naturally, no Mustang restoration upgrade would be complete
without a set of Rally Pack gauges, as well as a thoroughly
modern A/C system supplied by Vintage Air.
Like all Ford Racing project vehicles before it, the FRPP
'65 Mustang fastback not only serves to illustrate that
the ability to blend state-of-the-art powertrain technology
into classic Ford sheet metal is realistically within
the reach of today's Ford Racing Performance Parts customer,
but also that the new "5.0 Cammer" crate engine
is the perfect choice no matter what the application.
FR100 Panel Truck:
The FRPP team wanted to show just how powerful a new "Cammer"
crate engine can be with its 1953 Ford F-100 Panel Truck
project, unveiled at this year's Specialty Equipment Market
Association (SEMA) show. A logical successor to last year's
spectacular FR100 pickups, which were based on a pair
of vintage 1953 F-Series trucks, the hot-rodded '53 Panel
Truck being showcased this time around carries a mission
similar to the custom FR100s before it.
"We returned to using a vintage Ford truck as a test-bed
because its both eye-catching and something any
enthusiast can relate to," said Dan Davis, director
Ford Racing Technology (FRT). "Many of our performance
parts customers build hot-rod trucks, so we felt that
building up another cool '53 to package a modified version
of our new 5.0-liter "Cammer" crate engine was
the perfect project to demonstrate the use of modern V-8
performance and technology."
This time around, Ford Racing's engineering staff had
the game-plan experience of building the FR100 show trucks,
so many of those lessons learned could be applied to help
transform the Panel truck into a fully streetable, high-performance
custom. Because the F-100s front frame rail spacing was
similar to the current Mustang, the independent, unequal-length-control-arm
front suspension system from the FR500 Mustang project
was grafted in after McLaren fabricated a new tube chassis.
Then, a modified SVT Cobra Independent Rear Suspension
(IRS) replaced the original F-100 solid rear axle.
To demonstrate the versatility of the new 5.0 "Cammer",
this crate engine's naturally aspirated intake system
was replaced with a prototype supercharger setup, complete
with SVT's Eaton Gen IV Roots-type blower and a top-mounted
intercooler. While the project team had not been able
to dyno-test this breathed-upon "Cammer" before
its SEMA debut, power output is expected to reach 600
horsepower and 500 ft.-lbs. of torque. FRPP is planning
to offer a Supercharged version of the 5.0-liter "Cammer"
crate engine sometime in 2005.
Outside, extensive bodywork was undertaken fitting
of a show vehicle, and the well-finessed sheet metal
was eventually sprayed with PPG-supplied "UPS Brown"
Tinted Clearcoat. Dennis Carpenter of Ford Reproductions
supplied the running boards, door handles and hinges,
window mechanicals, parking lamps, taillamps, and all
the bright trim and bezels. UPS provided authentic decals,
just as you would find on their delivery trucks, to
help complete the look. In fact, the Ford Racing FR100
Panel Truck has been officially certified as part of
the UPS fleet, with vehicle number 019530.
Special touches were incorporated inside the truck as
well, including a brand-new prototype dash panel with
retro-style Ford Racing Masterpiece gauges, Ford Racing
tach driver, a Mustang tilt column, Kugel Komponents'
90° Swing Pedal Brake Assembly, and an F-100 Gen
II SureFit air-conditioning system from Vintage Air.
Completing the special "Cammer" crate engine
powertrain are custom headers and a true dual-exhaust
system, a Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission with
a prototype Ford Racing shifter, Centerforce clutch
and a custom driveshaft. A Brembo Cobra disc brake package
was fitted at each corner to stop the 18-inch BBS wheels
and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.
Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) used a sport-compact
car to display the company's latest addition to an already
powerful crate engine line-up a modified Focus
RS converted to rear-wheel drive and V-8 power
with the introduction of the Focus RS8 at this year's
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.
Using the European Focus RS as a starting point, FRPP
worked its engineering magic to mate its new, all-alloy,
5.0-liter 4-valve "Cammer" crate engine
cranking out a pavement-pounding 420 naturally aspirated
horsepower into the engine bay of the Focus. Although
a handful of aftermarket firms have successfully mated
Ford V-8 power with a Focus, the RS8 was built to show
the versatility of a "Cammer" crate engine and
"plug-and-play" engine electronics installation
in a pure stock-looking Ford Focus.
The foundation of FRPPs hot new 5.0-liter "Cammer"
crate engine is rooted in the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra
4.6-liter four-valve engine family. However, the crate
motor's flanged cylinder liners help provide 94mm (instead
of 90.2mm) cylinder bores, creating a full 5.0-liters
of piston displacement. And while the motor employs
the 2003-04 SVT Mustang Cobra "Terminator"
forged crankshaft with six-bolt mains and Manley "H-Beam"
connecting rods for superior strength, the block itself
is specially reinforced in the crankcase web areas for
high torque loads.
Other key differences include forged pistons, an 11.0:1
compression ratio, ported heads, higher-lift cams and
beehive-shaped valve springs. The crate engine also
features higher-flow fuel injectors and a magnesium
variable-geometry intake manifold, similar to the FR500
intake manifold currently offered in the 2004 FRPP catalog.
Ford Racing's new 5.0-liter "Cammer" crate engine
comes with a stock SVT Mustang Cobra oil pan and exhaust
manifolds, so an exhaust system employing Ford
Racing prototype metal-substrate catalysts and a set of
Ford Racing dual-mode mufflers was custom-fabricated
to put the engine heat to the street.
One of the best parts about a Ford Racing 5.0-liter "Cammer"
crate engine installation is that FRPP takes a lot of
the guesswork out of the project by offering a choice
of several length 5.0-liter 4-valve modular wiring harness
kits that are created specifically to cover the most popular
engine swap configurations. What's more, harness kits
which include the powertrain control module (PCM)
provide all of the necessary electrical connectors,
including end terminals, a fuse box, a power distribution
box, as well as switch connectors and fuel pump relays.
The 5.0L EFI "Cammer" crate engine, including
the wiring harness kit, will sell for a MSRP of $14,995
and will be available from the 2004 Ford Racing Performance
Completing the RS8's powertrain is a Tremec five-speed
HD transmission with a Ford Racing clutch kit and Ford
Racing prototype shifter.
"Some sport-compact purists will likely never
escape the four-cylinder mindset that keeps tuners and
owners throwing bigger and bigger bucks at smaller and
smaller performance gains," said Davis. "But
we would like to think our 5.0-liter "Cammer"
crate-engined Focus RS8 will somehow force the kind
of performance paradigm shift that took enthusiasts
from big traditional Muscle Cars to smaller, modern-day
One look at the RS8 would suggest that its transformation
from a production front-driver into a rear-drive pocket
rocket was a study in simplicity. But in reality, Ford
Racing engineers had their work cut out for them from
Beyond fitting the drivetrain, there was the challenge
of designing new suspensions front and rear. FRPP engineers
put together a prototype setup inspired by Kugel Komponents
up front, and a rear unit locating a Ford Racing 8.8-inch
differential while offering adjustable ride height using
Multimatic dampers. The newly-designed rear-wheel drive
conversion kit will be sold through the FRPP catalog.
Four-wheel discs put the brakes on 18x8-inch European
RS alloy wheels, wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40 ZR18
tires up front and 255/45 ZR18s in the back.
"This isn't the typical sport compact modification
project, but it sure will get attention out on the streets,"
exclaimed Davis. "With rear-wheel drive and over
400 horsepower, the Focus RS8 will make itself known
at the drag strip and any road course. We're even going
to take it drifting!"
Outside, the RS8 turns heads, thanks to the handsome European
Focus RS styling cues and shimmering Blue Pearl Coat exterior
paint treatment. Inside, the Focus RS provided the seating
while Ford Racing chipped in with its Focus A-Pillar Gauge
Pod and a full complement of Ford Racing Gauges. Also
installed were a Harmon/Becker Traffic-Pro, a Sirius Satellite
Radio system and Infinity amps and speakers just
to make sure the tunes are powerful, too. -
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