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Twin-Turbo Ford 7.3L Godzilla V8 Pumps Out 1,100 Horsepower: Video

There’s no denying the fact that Ford’s 7.3L Godzilla V8 is a highly capable motor, yet we’re only beginning to see what it’s truly capable of. And in fact, it’s also quite possible that the Godzilla is a bit underrated straight from the factory. However, now we have even more evidence that this old school, pushrod, iron block V8 has serious potential, thanks to this footage of a twin-turbo Ford 7.3L Godzilla V8 laying down an impressive 1,114 horsepower on the dyno.

Perhaps more impressively, Merkel Racing Engines was able to obtain that lofty number from the twin-turbo Ford Godzilla V8 with little more than the set of twins. Generally, four-digit horsepower requires quite a few mods, but that simply isn’t the case with Ford’s mighty new mill, which is rated to produce up to 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque from the factory.

The Godzilla was designed to be a simple engine that’s tough and able to last a long time, but those attributes also make it perfect for performance upgrades. Previously, we saw former Ford Performance boss Brian Wolfe extract 780 horsepower from one with no forced induction, but this build takes it to the next level.

Outside of the twin VS Racing hair dryers, the twin-turbo Ford 7.3L Godzilla V8 has been treated to the necessary intercoolers and a set of 1,000cc injectors, and that’s literally it. No bigger cam, no head work, no forged internals. And all of those parts held up just fine during the engine’s dyno session, though we’d be curious to see if they can handle repeated abuse over time.

Merkel isn’t quite finished with its Godzilla build, however, and plans on slapping a Whipple supercharger on it once it’s available. Their goal is to hit the 1,500 horsepower mark with the new huffer, which seems quite doable at this point. So those looking to add serious power to their project car might want to check out the existing Godzilla crate engine, or perhaps keep an eye peeled for the upcoming “Megazilla” offering Ford has in the works.

We’ll have much more on the Godzilla soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mark L Bedel

    Well, I’m not an engineer, but if the motor is stout enough to perform and have a reasonable degree of longevity with this kind of added boost, valve train sophistication is not really required. Air and fuel are being pushed into the cylinders as opposed to air and fuel having to be pulled into them whereby valve train design and intake efficiency becomes more relevant.

  2. Dave Mathers

    At only 6,100 RPM? Wow, there must be a bunch more available higher up in the rev range.

  3. Nick

    Depends on what the redline is.

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  5. Ron

    I have a 7.3 in my F350 and I upgraded the exhaust to MBRP and I have to say it has lots of power and sounds great

  6. Thomas

    Well the ford guys are finally catching up… A 7.3 liter push rod motor.. twin turbo’s… 1100 hp…. Not impressive when you can pull a 6.0 out of a Chevy truck … Twins… And make 1500 on stock bottom end… 1.3 less liters.. one day they will catch up 😂🤣

    1. process

      Lol ok a 6 liter bowtie garbage vortec with teriyaki tornados @ 1500hp? What kind of crack are you smoking and what do you exactly do to get it? 1500hp for one rev until she explodes – on a good day. 🙂 If anything chevy and dodge are a decade behind FoMoCo as usual with hemis and vortec garbage. Hell my ecoBEAST V6 smokes any chevy or dodge crap I’ve seen since I got it 8 years ago while getting 23 – 24 mpg highway. 🙂

  7. LV

    Superchargers are less efficient than turbos, so why do they need a supercharger to hit 1500 HP? Surely it could be done with the turbos…?

  8. NATE

    Thomas- Shabbylet has a hard time keeping up with the little NA 5.0 with their supercharged 6.2 junker and its been that way for decades.

  9. Dalton gray

    23 or 24 miles out of an eco popper? What planet is he living on, I had a 2017 eco boost, 16 had to come first if you drove 70. My dad has 2019 5.3 chevy and gets 23, all day long at 67 miles per hour. Those eco boost are junk, spark plugs come loose, hard to work on, like every ford engine.


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