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An email from Tickford when I asked about details for the XR8 upgrade:

I told you we would not disappoint!

1. The engine is the same Synergy 5000 as in the current T-Series vehicles. However, the spec for this has recently changed to include extensively modified cast cylinder heads in place of the alloy heads. They are better performing, and include bigger valves and extensive porting and machining around the chamber. The rest of the package includes the unique camshaft
and roller rockers, 70mm throttle body, revised fuel pressure reg., oil cooler, and the hi-flow exhaust manifolds.

2. Press details have been some-what misleading as the current bodykit is NOT standard. What is new and standard will be the rocker mouldings (or side skirts) from the Ford 75th Anniversary and "SR" vehicles. The optional full kit will replace these bits with the current kit.

3. You are most welcome to come for a tour of the facilities anytime, but we can try and arrange one for when your vehicle is on-line. Once you find out your SIDO number (from the Dealer), drop me a reply and I can look at when it is due here. Be advised that the 220kw XR8 is to commence from June build.

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Good stuff:thumbup::thumbup: But I bet my left nostril that it's just a fill in.Till the o.h.c,s come.Engineer new model for wide mod motor.It won't happen over night ....but.....it .....willl:CraZ: :CraZ:

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I actually wouldn't mind a tour through Tickford - can you just book on a tour or do you have to be in an affiliated club etc?

I can't remember what the story was when I did the HSV tour - but you need to be Club 1 member to go thru HRT factory.

Would it be safe to park the SS in the carpark there
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Hmm interesting news on the cylinder heads. I wonder if they switched heads to the GT40x or have just reworked the y heads.

I have sent a message to Tickford asking for the details and will post the findings if/when I get a reply.

For any NSW Tickford club members we will be trying to include information of this sort from Tickford in our (soon to be) distributed newsletters.
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Do you honestly think they take the heads off.I reckon they are what Ford had made in the last batch.Power I guess would depend what manafolds/throttle body/exhaust etc are put on them.You can buy crate motors "new" in the states for about that much power.

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So do these new heads mean that the engine might be a tad more powerfull than a 220kw T Series 5.0?
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What I want to know is what isgoing to happen the the FTE cars?

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What I want to know is what isgoing to happen the the FTE cars?
Nothing I'm guessing, until they get the stroker in October or there abouts. I think the way Ford figure it is, that since the T's aren't selling at the moment, they can afford to up the power of the XR8 to get sales moving along there, knowing that its not going to affect sales of the T Series considering there not selling anyway.
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Good stuff.Cast over alloy heads seems strange but if it delivers the goods i spose it's good.Brendan:there mite be some trees to hide it behind somewhere he he.Doubt you will get in any photo shoots.Cool that you show an interest tho:thumbup:
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YES more power for the lower spec.& lighter. too :thumbup:
I would have the alloy anytime if I had choice.

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