Ford Racing Unleashes Massive Power

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Ford 572 Super Interceptor

Ford Racing Gets its Motor Running with All-New 572 Super Interceptor Crate Engine, a Powerful Yet Mild-Mannered Beast

Crate engines are a wonderful thing when you’re building or rebuilding an old Ford truck. After all, they’re built, balanced and blueprinted by Ford for optimum performance and efficiency.

That being said, big blocks have been absent from the Ford Racing catalog for a while. Until now. At Indianapolis’ Performance Racing Industry show, which took place Dec. 5-10, Ford unveiled its latest beast: The 572 Super Interceptor.

In a day and age where engines are getting smaller and smaller, the 572 Super Interceptor is a refreshing development. There’s nothing more satisfying than a stump-pulling, naturally aspirated big block. Especially when it is actually driveable on the streets! And the 572 Super Interceptor is exactly that.

The big block happily sips pump gas thanks to a 10.0:1 compression ratio. But make no mistake, this is no slouch of an engine. The 572 pumps out a mighty 655 horsepower and 710 lb-ft of torque, at a lazy 4,500 rpm.

Ford 572 Super Interceptor

Based on the iconic A460 motor, the 572 features an even 4.500 bore and 4.500 stroke. Internally, strength is provided by forged steel H-beam connecting rods and a Scat crank. Diamond pistons sit inside the cylinders, and Super Cobra Jet heads flow like the river Nile.

Topping off the big block is an Edelbrock Victor intake manifold and a Holley 870 cfm Street Avenger carburetor. All-in-all, it’s an impressively powerful yet mild-mannered combination. This is the type of engine that is equally at home cruising the streets, as it is rocketing down the quarter-mile. And that’s exactly what we need and want from an engine these days.

While lumpy, overheating, and temperamental power plants are fun, they can get annoying. So when the time comes to choose an engine for your classic Ford truck build, forgo the standard 302 and grab one of these.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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