For under the hood of the Barra You're going to buy?
I dont't think i'll be touching the V8s, unless they are REALLY good.
For me, its going to be a straight six with the forced induction that Ford Will be releasing (read: they better have something from the factory!). With the inline six, 24 valves, that should mean 24 separate ports from the head. I certainly hope that Ford leaves these ports split, IE non-siamesed. Should they be split, my wish is for them to feature unequal valve sizes (IE one large valve, one small valve for intake, same for exhaust), and continue the dual length intake runner setup first seen on the EF Falcon, except keeping the intake streams split, so some serious ram-tuning can occur. If Ford releases a twin-turbo six (PLEASE!!!!) I'd like two different sized turbos mated to manifolds featuring equal length runners, feeding into the appropriate manifolds (IE feed the boosted air from the smaller turbo through to the intake manifold that goes through to the smaller intake valves - Low End Torque!, Vice-Verca for the large valves - top-end power!). One thing I was thinking of the other day, also have a higher lift and more duration on the larger valve cam lobes, and treat these as a 'secondary', IE when the driver plants his/her foot, it opens up to give that familiar feeling in the lower back :)
I wouldnt mind paying top dollar for one of these babies in a TS40TT!
although its probably too late to do anything about the inline sixes which are most likely just about to begin production, its one of my wishes to see such a head on a local production car that will rival any six produced in the land of the rising sun, or will "Unterdrueken die Muenchner Freiheit" (a wisecrack at BMW)..
as for twin turbo, one doesnt feed small valves, and the other feed bigger valves, that would require 12 intake runners, to individual valves, bit expensive, not enuff room.
Huh? In a V8 twin turbo setup each turbo is powered from one bank of exhaust ports and they would both push the air through the intercooler and into the same single intake opening. Nothing complex about that. Sure it would take some custom welding and be a tight fit but its doable. Can be done for lots less than 12k as well if you shop around for the turbos and can weld.
On the twin vs single thing, twins are going to give you more streetable power as they will spool up quicker. Sure if you're looking for a sub 10 sec drag car a huge single will do the job a la the US Pro 5.0 guys.
If I get a barra - it would HAVE to be a V8... maybe a GT if they release one.
A GT barra - I would leave stock... so it would have to be very damn impressive!!
A XR or T series... I would mod straight away... so I wouldnt really care what its got - cos it wouldnt stay that way for long.
FPV - Tickford Club of NSW
Mmm .. that's if there is a T-Series!!
Either way the 5.4 with the 4V heads is going to have some serious mumbo. Given the range of options Stateside for the modular V8 and the lack of parts interchangeability between the 4.6 and 5.4 I would be surprised to see more than one V8 choice. Given that a factory turbo 6 is going to produce something in the order of 220kw and the stock 4.6 is about 239kw it doesn't make a lot of sense to bother with the 4.6. I'd expect to see a 3V headed 5.4 with around 250kw and a 4V headed one in two states of tune that would top out around 300kw.
Mind u it wouldn't leave a suitable V8 towing option for Forte etc. so maybe I'm way off track !!
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