Ward’s has been covering the automotive industry for over 80 years, and perhaps its most enduring contribution to the field of automotive journalism is its annual list of the car industry’s best engines. This year, one of the engines Ward’s recognizes as an industry leader happens to be one of the engines that’s dearest to our hearts, and one that we will get to hear and see in action for the first time very soon!
Ford’s 5.2 Liter V-8 engine, affectionately dubbed the Voodoo engine, serves as the heart of the new Shelby GT350 and GT350R. The Voodoo starts out life as a Coyote engine, Ford’s standard V-8 engine. But the Voodoo is then exposed to engineering witchcraft worthy of its supernatural name, creating a marvel of modern design.
Drew Bechard, a Butler Ford product specialist and performance vehicle expert, positively lit up when he heard we were writing about the Voodoo engine. “Everything about the Voodoo is incredible. It’s completely naturally aspirated, generates 526 horsepower at 7500 rpm, fires more evenly than any other V8 engine.”
Because of its flat-plane crankshaft, similar to that seen in Ferrari V8s, the Voodoo has incredibly precise exhaust pulses, which both contributes to its monstrous exhaust note and its high-end performance. The GT350 peaks at over 8,000 rpm, a threshold that not too long ago was in the realm of science fiction.
In just a few short weeks, Butler Ford will be the recipient of our very own GT350. It’s unlikely to get taken on many test drives, but if it is, rest assured that you’ll hear it long before you see it.