We believed there was a product evolution that needed to happen. — Dustin Whipple, Whipple Superchargers
But why change the wildly successful 2.9-liter supercharger? Well, like many markets, change is omnipresent, so keeping up with the performance demands of modern engines and consumers is definitely a wise strategy.
• 2003-2004 SVT Cobra
• 2007-2014 Shelby GT500
• 2011-2017 Mustang GT and F-150
• 2010-2014 6.2-liter Raptor/F-150
Those are just some of the highlights that set this 2.9-liter supercharger apart from its Gen 2 predecessor. Not only does this new twin-screw have new rotors and a new case, it is built for better efficiency thanks to a new rotor profile.
On The Dyno
As mentioned elsewhere in the story, Whipple relied on extensive internal and external testing to prove out the efficacy of its new Gen 3 supercharger. Putting the new rotor pack and case design meant doing back-to-back testing with all the same parameters, including the calibration, boost level, and timing. Its internal testing revealed solid gains of 30-40 rear-wheel horsepower on California’s weak-sauce 91-octane fuel.
For its outside testing, Whipple turned to Tasca Performance. As you can see in this dyno sheet, Tasca ran the Gen 3 on a completely stock Mustang with no other changes besides the head unit and picked up an impressive 51.65 horsepower and 56.18 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels.
“During extensive testing on multiple applications, both Whipple and third-party testing found gains from 30 up to 150 rear-wheel depending on blower speed and engine specifications,” according to Lethal Performance. “Standard pump-gas applications can easily make another 30 rear-wheel horsepower with no other changes. Because boost maintains, tuning is not required. Just bolt it on and unleash the power of your stock application.”
Sounds like a plan. The Gen 3 Whipple superchargers are available as just supercharger head units for those who want to swap out just a blower for increased performance. They are also available as part of complete kits at a $200 premium over a Gen 2 head unit.
For more on the full line of Whipple superchargers, tuning products and EcoBoost upgrades, you can visit the company’s official site here.