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Ford Racing Aluminator XS Engine Install

Watch as Jmac takes the SVE Pace Car for a test drive after getting an Aluminator XS crate engine.

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The number 8 piston on our 2011 Mustang GT finally threw in the towel and called it quits. That opened the door for the perfect opportunity to revamp our Project 777 car finally. You can follow along with the whole overhaul here – SVE Pace Car.

The first step in this restoration project was to get a new engine. We turned to our good friends at Ford Performance to assist us in replacing our now dead 5.0L Coyote Engine. Looking at the rough life our 2011 GT had lived up to this point, we knew we didn’t want to go back with a factory engine. This project car took part in just about every race event we attended and even did so many burnouts we lost track.

Ford Performance suggested that their Aluminator XS crate engine would be the perfect foundation for our project revamp. With its massive list of Ford Performance parts and improved rotating assembly consisting of Manely H beam connecting rods and Mahle forged pistons, we knew the Aluminator XS was up to the challenge!

Being our 2011 Mustang GT already came with a factory 5.0L Coyote engine, the installation was straightforward. You could almost call it plug-n-play! We had to remove the old trashed 5.0L engine and replace it with the new Ford Performance Aluminator XS crate engine. Since the Aluminator XS motor has a Cobra Jet Intake Manifold and CJ Throttle Body, you will need to pick up a matching intake tube. We would suggest the JLT Cobra Jet Cold Air Intake.

While the engine was out, this was the perfect opportunity to replace the worn-out factory clutch and upgrade to a Spec Stage 2 clutch. This clutch has performed flawlessly and helped retain a factory clutch pedal effort. This will be a huge benefit for road race sessions and the occasional in traffic driving it will see.

Once we got the engine installed, we turned to Justin Starky and VMP Tuning to help us get the new Aluminator XS engine tuned. As they always do, VMP got to work on their mobile dyno and produced one amazing tune on this S197 Mustang! The drivability is perfect. The car feels like a whole new monster when heavy on the throttle. Watch the dyno video below.

While the horsepower numbers are not jaw-dropping results, it is the seat of the pants feeling that lets you know this car is for real! Our 2011 Mustang GT pulls into much higher RPM ranges as if there is no limit to it. Not to mention this engine is the perfect foundation for future performance upgrades. Check out the link below to better look at the Ford Performance Aluminator XS crate engine.

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Mustang Aluminator XS Crate Engine Test Drive - Ford Racing M-6007-A50XS

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Published on 2014-05-08
Watch as Jmac takes our 2011 Mustang project car for a test drive with the newly installed Ford Racing Aluminator XS crate engine. This 5.0L Coyote motor packs a serious punch with its HUGE list of performance parts. Be sure to click on the link above to see everything that goes into the FRPP Aluminator XS long block including a couple dyno pulls on VMP Tuning's mobile DynoJet Dyno!!!

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When it came time to upgrade the motor in our 2011 project car, we thought it was pretty appropriate to put the latest, greatest from Ford Racing, the 5.0 XS, Aluminator. We've already covered all of the technical specs in another video.

But, long story short, it's supposed to put down in excess of 500 horsepower to the flywheel and on our own dyno session, it put down 457 horsepower, 388 foot pounds in torque, at peak. Which really doesn't sound like a whole lot but it's pretty impressive. The main deal is that at start-up, idle, normal cruising, you don't notice a difference from a stopped car.

The real difference comes whenever you start laying into the throttle a little bit. And it's very apparent that the extra power is there.


I don't even know how fast we were going there but it was pretty [BLEEP] amazing. My favorite part about this is that it developed a new, big set of lungs, compared to the boss intake stock long block that was in the car previously. Previously, the car would pull about to 7,200 before it started losing power. With this Aluminator XS motor, it goes all the way to 8,000 and feels like it's got more in it.

I can't say enough about how awesome this car feels and really just maintained a stop driveability.

Fuel economy, haven't really stayed out of the throttle enough to see what average fuel economy is going to go to. Whether it's really going to be affected from the stock boss intake motor that we had before. I would seriously doubt that it's going to be much less. If it is, I'd be surprised. The beautiful part is it runs on 93 octane pump gas or 91 octane, if that's all you have in your area. And it's a direct bolt-in.

All in all, I'm very impressed with this engine. And the power it produces. And quite honestly, I can't wait to get it on the open track.

If you're thinking you want to add some of this same power to your Coyote Mustang, or even if you're doing a Coyote swap, go ahead and pick up your engine at latemodelrestoration.com.