As a special treat for all its U.S. racing fans, Ford has kicked off the "Mustang 5.0 fever" Sweepstakes. Ford's customer service decision says that this competition gives enthusiasts and customers the chance to win a 2011 Ford Mustang GT.
Before anyone gets any bad ideas, Ford would like to emphasize that no payment is required to be able to participate in it.
All they need to do is go to the track and register or they can enter online, through Ford's parts website. Entries will be accepted only until Nov. 23 and the draw will be held in December. The future owner of the Mustang GT will be randomly selected.
The Mustang GT that will be given away is equipped with the new 5.0 liter V8 unit that produces 412 HP, 390 lb-ft of torque and returns a highway fuel consumption figure of 25 mpg.
There are additional prizes in store. A bonus prize will be given away each time one of the carmaker's Funny Cars takes a win in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Prizes will be valued at $75 each and will include autographed merchandise, apparel packages and others. Winners of the bonus prizes will be randomly selected from all sweepstakes entries received to date.
Most engineers on the development team have been working in the Engine and Electrical Engineering Building on the product development center campus located at Dearborn, Mich. In the many years that they have passed by the lobby, they have seen the display of the first ever 5.0-liter V-8 Coyote Indy racing engine, which continues to inspire with its blend of tradition, horsepower and high technology.
For such a long time, the powertrain development community had wanted to create a 5.0-liter powertrain and since 2000, there have been strategic discussions concerning this. In 2007, when the Mustang competitive landscape started to change, this was the right time to develop the Mustang GT powertrain for global competitiveness.
The team began to develop a 5.0-liter engine, aiming to deliver 400+ HP, on a timetable shortened by 12 months without any compromise in terms of durability, efficiency, fuel economy or NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) control. Mike Harrison, V-8 Programs Manager, said that nearly all members of the team have work experience on high-profile powertrain programs. They had a clear idea of the work needed on their particular subsystem or component.
They are passionate about racing, engines and delivering up to the last drop of performance all through the engine speed range and these demonstrate that they are really into this powertrain. Development test engines as well as benchmarks consist of 5.0-liter blocks, GT500 4-valve-per-cylinder heads and cams, using different bore and stroke measurements, different intake manifold runner configurations, a deep-sump oil pan and differing compression ratios.
The team assessed the 5.0-liter "Cammer" V-8 crate engine of Ford Racing for the best practices. In-depth computer-aided engineering (CAE) modeling, evaluation together with intricate machine work as well as development engine experimentation have made this promising configuration possible within a shorter time period. This development results to an “and” and not an “or” solution. Mustang buyers will reap the benefits of a powerful engine and responsible fuel economy Ti-VCT.
The improved Ti-VCT is the crucial element in the ability of the 5.0-liter V-8 to supply 412 HP with enhanced tractability, drivability and fuel savings over the 2010 Mustang GT powertrain. For high-performance use, the team was particular about cam-torque-actuated variable camshaft timing.
Making use of cam torque energy with the help of pressurized oil signified that only the least upgrades to the oil pump were needed, which leads to less parasitic drag. Increased thermal and volumetric efficiency delivers faster Ti-VCT response at any engine speed.