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Vortech V-3 SCi Supercharger Mustang 5.0L Engine Kit Upgrade
Adding A Supercharger To Your 5.0L Bullet Has Never Been Easier-Or Cheaper.
Bolting on this supercharger system was an easy task, not because JPC has done this combo many times over the years, but mostly because Vortech designed the kit to be simple. A couple of engine accessories are relocated using Vortech's cast brackets, the supercharger mounts easily on a plate, and a secondary pulley is bolted to the factory crank pulley. The company does a great job in providing every nut and bolt to install the system.
Our lives were also made easier thanks to the V-3 being a self-lubricating blower. That meant we didn't need to drill and tap into the engine's oiling system, like its V-1 and V-2 predecessor. The blower contains its own oil, which is checked with a dipstick, and there are holes for draining and filling the head unit with Vortech's special oil.
On the chassis dyno, we were simply blown away-no pun intended. The engine responded very well to a nominal amount of boost (6 psi at 5,500 rpm) and output climbed to an impressive 405 rwhp. The standard kit is advertised as producing 5 psi on a stock engine, so why did it make 6 psi on our modified one? Remember, boost is a byproduct of engine restriction (backpressure), and our bullet had a much more efficient top end thanks to the heads/cam/intake upgrade. Conventional wisdom dictates that our overall boost should have been lower than 6 psi since our engine was less restrictive than stock. Our best assumption is that the UPR inlet pipe increased boost by a few psi thanks to its more efficient and larger inlet to the impeller.
The amount of airflow through a supercharger is based on engine rpm since it is attached to (and driven by) the crank. The higher the rpm, the higher the boost will be (within reason and designed operating range of the blower). Burcham ran the car to 6,000 rpm and it did make upwards of 8 psi, but the power fell off as the engine didn't operate efficiently in that range.
"I have the tune very safe right now and the air/fuel is really rich. It was steady at 10.5:1 through most of the pulls. The tune is really conservative and it could probably make 30-40 more rwhp with more timing and less fuel."
Horsepower junkies may be wondering why we didn't make the jump to the higher power. The answer is because the car still features a stock bottom end, which is pretty tough, but has its limits. This is a '93 Mustang, which features hypereutectic pistons rather than the forged pistons normally found in '87-'92 5.0L H.O. engines. There are future plans for this car, so we didn't want to beat it up too badly with this first set of blower modifications. "This power is good for mid-11s with sticky tires and powershifting," proclaimed Burcham.
It took less than a day to install the base kit and get the car on the chassis dyno. That isn't bad for the 96-rwhp increase, which works out to be 16 rwhp per 1 psi of boost. We also love the classic supercharger whine at idle, although it's toned down compared to the original V-1 blowers. And if that isn't enough for you, Vortech offers upgrade kits to help raise the power level and keep you in front of the new Camaros and Challengers roaming the streets.