We haven’t tried to hide our appreciation of Ford’s 7.3L Godzilla V8 here at MC&T. The genuine big-block is one of the most impressive motors we’ve spent time with over the past few months, especially when situated inside Ford’s Super Duty Tremor. And while it was certainly designed as a truck engine, this V8 has already captured the attention of several hot rodders and muscle car fanatics alike. We’ve already seen naturally aspirated examples of this motor pushing damn-near 800 horsepower with little more than basic bolt-ons. Now though, the folks over at Merkel Racing Engines in Hauppauge, New York have just built a four-digit horsepower twin turbo Godzilla V8 monster worthy of science-fiction. achieves
To say that this 1,100+ Godzilla V8 engine is built is a little bit of an overstatement. According to The Drive, Merkel Racing Engines set this motor up to see how much power they could push through a completely stock Godzilla V8, and as such this crate motor is almost entirely untouched. The team did fit the engine with some upgraded 1,000 cc injectors, as well as a set of twin intercooled 7875 VS Racing turbochargers. Forced induction aside, everything from the pistons to the valvetrain remains factory sealed. With 15 psi of boost running through the motor, the team saw 1,113.8 horsepower at 5,800 rpm from this twin turbo Godzilla V8 engine.
That is an insane amount of power for any motor, much the less a factory-sealed truck engine. That said, Merkel Racing Engines did note that this is probably as far as one can push the factory internals on this thing. We’ll say that Ford is allowed a pass on this front, considering the stock Godzilla V8 only produces 430 horsepower. With some proper upgrades and a change to the compression ratio, it’s pretty safe to assume someone will be able to push this Ford truck engine into the 1,500 horsepower range. In other words, about as powerful as Bugatti’s quad-turbo W16.
The performance potential available from the 7.3L Godzilla V8 is undeniable at this point. And considering the fact that the crate engine can be had for under $10,000, we wouldn’t be shocked to see these things dropped in muscle cars more commonly. The LS-series of motors earned its crown atop the engine swap world, but Godzilla could be coming.