Now and Then
Ford Performance Parts celebrates 35 years with a catalog and microsite
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Performance
It’s hard to believe that, in one form or another, the Ford Performance catalog has been around for over 32 years. From Ford Performance Equipment to Ford Motorsport SVO to Ford Racing to Ford Performance Racing Parts to Ford Performance Parts, this tome has long been the wish list for Blue Oval performance enthusiasts. Of course, it’s not just a paper catalog these days, as it lives in the digital world too. To highlight some of the new parts available in this edition, Ford Performance also launched a microsite devoted to its new parts announced at The SEMA Show.
“The 2016 Ford Performance Parts catalog was revealed at the 2015 SEMA show,” says FPP. “The catalog contains a historical overview of the Performance Parts program and is the first element in a yearlong celebration commemorating 35 years of meeting the Ford enthusiasts’ performance parts needs.”
As you would expect, the latest site and catalog both make use of the latest Cobra Jet imagery, but many of those parts are found inside its pages. In fact, you can even order up a Whipple-supercharged Cobra Jet engine for your project right from its paper or digital pages. Some of the other highlights revealed at The SEMA Show include a complete Coyote swap kit (known as the Coyote Power Module), a new 347ci crate engine, and a GT350-style exhaust/valance package for EcoBoost and 5.0-liter 2015+ Mustangs.
“The Coyote Power Module simplifies both the shopping and build experience by kitting up the right parts that are matched to deliver potent performance with civilized driveability,” says Ford Performance. “The engine control pack and wiring harness is truly plug and play and simplifies the conversion to modern electronically fuel-injected V-8 high-performance engine.”
To that end, the CPM (PN M-9000-PMCM) includes a 2015 Coyote 5.0, a Tremec six-speed, a bellhousing, a clutch, a lightweight billet flywheel, a PCM, a wiring harness, a Boss alternator and a power steering mount.
If a modern crate engine is your thing, but you want a supercharger, Ford Performance is also offering its Cobra Jet 5.0-liter complete from blower to oil pan. This engine is fortified with a forged steel crankshaft, a billet steel gerotor oil pump, Mahle forged pistons, Manley H-beam connecting rods, an ATI crank damper and more.
Of course, Ford Performance hasn’t forgotten its roots, and the anniversary catalog includes a new 347 crate engine with a rear-sump oil pan.
“The most popular crate engine size just got better and easier thanks to the Engineers at Ford Performance. The proven 347 stroker combination has been optimized for street cruising with a perfectly matched cam, cylinder head, intake manifold and carb combination that runs on pump gas,” says the company. “It takes the guesswork and installation issues out of the way with a complete intake and distributor package that has been developed and tested by Ford Performance engineers.”
Not looking to install an engine? There are plenty of bolt-on parts in the new catalog for the latest Mustangs. If you’d like to add more exhaust personality and a bit of Shelby style to your S550, there is a new series of axle- and cat-back exhausts from FPP that feature quad tips and come with a matching GT350 lower valance. These systems are available with either Sport or Touring mufflers depending on how much more volume you want.
Naturally, that’s just a sampling of the new gear released at The SEMA Show. Ford Performance Parts plans to celebrate the longevity of its parts program into 2016 with various promotions. The first of which is a video retrospective of some of the most significant parts in from the catalog over the years. The 10-part social-media video series will begin with a look back at the GT-40 intake for pushrod 5.0-liters.