Inside A Torture-Tested Coyote 5.0-liter Crate Engine

Take a deep-dive examination into an engine and its components that had performed flawlessly… — Ford Performance

Barreling into the corner, Justin Pawlak flicks the wheel and sets the angle. His Mustang glides across the pavement, its rear tires spinning a cloud of smoke in their wake. To make this happen, the engine revs beyond 7,000 rpm and its TVS supercharger churns out a steady supply of boost.

To survive in the harsh environs of Formula Drift, you might expect the Coyote 5.0-liter engine powering his S550 is an exotic build, but it’s really just a Ford Performance Parts crate engine.

In the competitive environs of Formula Drift, Justin Pawlak pushes his TVS-supercharged Mustang to the limit of on every run.

5.0 Aluminator Crate Engine Specs

• 11.0:1 compression ratio

• Mahle hard-anodized, forged pistons w/ Grafal low-friction coating

• Manley H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts

• Boss 302 connecting rod bearings

• Forged-steel crankshaft

• Uses production 2017 Mustang GT aluminum block

• Large rear sump oil pan a/ 8-quart capacity

• Four-valve-per-cylinder aluminum heads

• Boss 302 Valve Springs (PN M-6513-M50BR)

• Mustang GT production camshafts

• Billet-steel gerotor oil pump (PN M-6600-50CJ)

“We recently took the opportunity to see the real-world stress that Justin Pawlak (more commonly known as JTP) puts this engine through, and also take a deep-dive examination into an engine and its components that had performed flawlessly through eight Formula Drift events and 10 additional competition and exhibition rounds in Justin Pawlak’s competition Mustang,” Ford Performance explained.

Knowing its engines are built to survive, the factory hot-rodding division decided to document the teardown of Justin’s Aluminator to see just how it held up. As you’ll see, the in-depth video details the engine teardown and shares feedback from Ford Performance Parts Manager Doug White, Engine Product Manager Mike Robins, Prototype Engine Engineer Jim Ronzello, and Ford Performance Parts Engine Engineer Ron Ewert.

For more on the engine under Justin’s hood, you can check out its official page right here.

How does a Ford Performance Parts Aluminator 5.0-liter engine hold up in this unforgiving environment? A deep-dive teardown video gives us a glimpse at the inside of an engine that has run more than 18 events.

About the author

Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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