Ford’s Godzilla 7.3-liter truck engine made of 780 horsepower


The people of Team Z Motorsports in Detroit keep the classic art of hot-rodding alive with a modem twist. The team plans to take one of Ford’s smallest cars, the Foxbody Mustang, and transplant it with Ford’s largest modern V8 all-new 7.3-liter Godzilla V8. Although turning a large engine into a smaller car is a well-known recipe, the new material makes it an interesting project as the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 is proving to have much higher performance capability.

Brian Wolfe is a lifelong Mustang racer and former Ford engineer who at one time was the head of Ford Racing Technology, among other influential titles. His in-depth knowledge of Ford engineering and his passion for building race cars inspired him to pursue this latest project with the help of Dave Zimmerman, owner of Team Z Motorsports. Cramming a Godzilla V8 into a Foxbody racecar is a great way to test Ford’s chances of getting it right from their F-250 with a new, stronger engine.

The Ford Godzilla V8 is a 7.3-liter pushrod V8 engine designed to last for extended periods of intensive use in a work truck application. This robust design is the perfect platform to build a performance engine as the Godzilla V8 comes factory-engineered. The F-250 produces the Godzilla V8 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.

On a bench dyno with Light Mods from Team Z Motorsports, the 7.3 produced 600 horsepower. In its latest iteration with a complete build for a final boost application, the Godzilla V8 produced an impressive 790 horsepower. We are excited to see how much power this engine makes after driving it with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. Estimates stand at around 1600 horsepower which is nearly quadruple This is the factory power rating.