If you’ve been a fan of EngineLabs for more than half a second, you know about our annual EngineLabs Giveaway series. For 2022, we partnered with Summit Racing and Ford Performance to build a twin-turbocharged Ford 7.3-liter Godzilla engine on the 2022 Performance Racing Industry Show floor. Once complete, it went home with Late Model Engines for the final cold-side fab work and tuning.
With 7.3-liters of displacement, 10.5:1 compression, a pair of Turbonetics 64mm turbochargers, and Boostane E85 Race Fuel fueling the fire through a set of Deatschwerks 1,500cc injectors, LME’s Vinny Monighetti was confident that the four-digit mark wasn’t going to be too much of a challenge. After running the break-in process on the dyno, he was proven right.
Only seven pounds of boost pressure resulted in the goal being met and slightly exceeded. “My original guess was that it was going to take 8 psi to get to 1,000 horsepower on this combo,” says Monighetti. If you were to take the 35 horsepower per half pound of boost we just saw, and turn it up to 10 or 15 pounds, 1,200 horsepower would be pretty easy with this combination.”