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 finally revamp our Project 777 car. 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 Racing 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 Racing suggested to us that their Aluminator XS crate engine would be the perfect foundation for our project revamp. With its massive list of Ford Racing performance parts and improved rotating assembly that consisted of Manely H beam connecting rods, 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 straight forward and simple. 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 Racing 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 when it comes to 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 absolutely perfect. The car feels like a whole new monster when you are 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 take a better look at the Ford Racing Aluminator XS crate engine.