Could Trump Make America V8 Again?
The President Elect Donald Trump has expressed a certain level of disbelief when it comes to the idea of global warming. Also, there are many who fear he may roll back large collections of rules and regulations currently imposed through the EPA. Now, this is not a post about if he can, will, or even should abolish CAFE regulations or emissions standards. This is not a political tirade. Rather, let’s look at what could happen if those rules and regulations against the internal combustion engine were removed.
Let’s start with some of the big obvious stuff, like big engines. If Donald Trump makes sure CAFE standards don’t exist and Ford isn’t forced to meet emission standards, they would be free to bring back the big block V8s. Could Trump make America V8 again? Instead of an EcoBoost V6 in the new Ford GT, muscle car buyers could get a modern revisioning of the mighty 427 that thundered the original GT40 to its historic 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.
But actually, let’s not let all that fancy EcoBoost engineering go to waste. Let’s double up on horsepower and performance. Why do I have to choose between the 5.0 and the 3.5L EcoBoost engine in my F-150? Slap that turbo system on the 5.0 and go nuts! Consumers could buy a second-gen 3.5L in the GT rated at more than 600 horsepower. Imagine what a 5.0 EcoBoost could do. America could end up with a Ford Raptor that has well over 700 horsepower.
From there we can move on to the Mustang. Seriously, the possibilities are endless if Ford could take its fuel-sipping EcoBoost turbo technology, and slap into the biggest engines it produces. I’m not saying it’s a good idea, and I’m not saying that we should get rid of all the regulations. But, I’m just saying that it could lead to the biggest burnouts the world has ever seen.
It will be years before we can find out if Trump can fulfill his promise of “Making America Great Again,” but maybe he just might make America V8 Again.