The racing-derived, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 bound for use in the new, 2017 Ford GT supercar may also end up being offered as a crate engine for automakers, modifiers, and racing teams to purchase and utilize, according to the UK’s Autocar.
The twin-turbocharged V6 engine is descended from the unit used by the Riley-Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype race car in IMSA, but exact horsepower and torque figures for the iteration that will power the new Ford GT are still unknown; the automaker has only stated that peak HP will exceed 600. The high-power EcoBoost unit could provide an intriguing alternative to GM’s small-block V8 – often the de facto powerplant choice for vehicle modifiers.
The possibility that Ford GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine could be sold as a crate engine was confirmed to Autocar by Ford Performance Director Dave Pericak, when he was asked whether the motorsport-proven mill could find its way into other race cars. An earlier iteration of the all-new Ford GT’s powerplant is offered as a crate engine already with a recommended price just under $10k, although that motor is significantly less-potent at 365 horsepower.