JPC Racing constructs an insane, 9-second 5.0-liter F-150 pickup truck
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of JPC Racing
We spent a lot of time covering Coyote-powered Mustangs performing incredible feats of speed, quickness and horsepower. These modern 5.0-liter masterpieces are clearly performance marvels, especially when modified by a team of experts. However, these engines aren’t just found in Mustangs. In fact, they are also the V-8 option in Ford’s popular pickup, the F-150.
So why not build up a Coyote-powered truck for maximum performance? That’s just what Glen Purvis decided to do with his 2014 F-150. To get the job done, he turned to the Coyote crew at Justin’s Performance Center.
“The goal for the truck was to build a pickup that him and his son could go to the track with. His son is the owner of Epic Turbo GT 2, which is one of the craziest builds we’ve done here in-house. It’s a 2011 Mustang GT with a Pro Mod 85 turbo and a Powerglide,” Aaron LeBlanc, Sales & Marketing Associate at Justin’s Performance Center, said. “So he wanted to be able to go to the track with him and go racing on the weekends. Oddly enough, he plans to occasionally daily drive this truck and do normal truck things with it.”
The JPC Racing crew has built some of the quickest Coyote Mustang racers around, including the shop’s own 7-second machine that runs in the NMRA Turbo Coyote Shootout.
“Our turbo Coyote experience really did come into play on this build, essentially the long-block in this truck is fairly similar to most of our higher-power Coyote builds,” Aaron explained. “The turbo sizing, piping design, intercooler choice and a lot of other things stemmed from our experiences with cars we’ve built in-house.”
While JPC has earned its Coyote stripes, there were still a lot of challenges to overcome with the F-150 platform. The engine is essentially the same, but most people don’t modify their trucks the way Glen had in mind for his 2014, which included a built engine from RGR Engines and a custom JPC turbo system.
“You run into a lot of interesting things when you switch from building performance cars to trucks. There’s a lot of aftermarket support for Mustangs, where as the truck had almost no aftermarket support,” Aaron said “The turbo kit had to be custom-built in-house, the driveshaft had to be custom-built and the fuel system had to be developed from scratch. One nice thing about the truck though was the amount of space you have in the engine bay. It really gave us a lot of options for turbo placement.”
Apparently what JPC came up with worked out pretty well. The finished truck produced a stunning 1,165 horsepower at rear wheels and propelled it to the kind of e.t. you might expect from a seriously modified Mustang. You can watch the dyno pull and drag pass here…
“We did race the truck a few weeks ago. We knew with a build like this rocking a 6R80 transmission it would take some testing to get the shift points dialed in for the customer at the track,” Aaron added. “So we went down to MIR and made a few test passes with the truck. It ended up going 9.65 at 145 mph. There’s still more power left in it, but we’ll leave that for Glen to play with.”
The Mod List
Block: RGR built short-block w/ Darton Sleeves, Cometic Head Gaskets, and TSS Oil Pump Gears
Crankshaft: Stock w/ ATF Billet Crank Gear
Rods: Billet Oliver I-beams
Pistons: Diamond custom
Camshafts: RGR Custom Turbo
Cylinder Heads: RGR Stage 2 ported w/ Trick Flow valve springs
Power Adder: Custom-fabricated JPC Twin-Turbo Kit w/ Precision 64/66 Turbos, a Boost Leash controller, two Tial Q BOVs, Precision Wastegates and a Treadstone Intercooler
Fuel System: JPC custom w/ Injector Dynamics ID1300 fuel injectors
Exhaust: JPC custom
Transmission: Built 6R80 w/ a Circle D converter and a custom D.S.S. driveshaft
Rearend: Stock w/ Detroit True Trac and Yukon axles
Engine Management: Stock w/ custom JPC calibration by Kevin MacDonald via HP Tuners software
Ignition: Stock w/ Brisk spark plugs