Tech: Shelby GT350 Intake Manifold

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Go with the Flow

What makes the GT350 intake so good and how it can be better

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Ford Performance

Over the last couple of months we have seen some interesting test results involving the Shelby GT350’s intake manifold. Not only did this intake hang in there versus the racy Cobra Jet intake on its native engine—the Voodoo 5.2-liter—but it also handily outperformed the stock manifold on a 2015 Mustang GT. As a result, we wanted get some insight into what makes this intake perform so well.

While it was original equipment on the Shelby GT350, this manifold (PN M-9424-M52; $1,495) is available on its own via Ford Performance Parts. It is a highly effective bolt-on upgrade for Coyote-series engines, especially those that installed in cars where hood clearance is a concern.
While it was original equipment on the Shelby GT350, this manifold (PN M-9424-M52; $1,495) is available on its own via Ford Performance Parts. It is a highly effective bolt-on upgrade for Coyote-series engines, especially those installed in cars where hood clearance is a concern.

To learn how Ford Performance engineers developed this well-rounded intake manifold, we spoke with Eric Ladner, the 5.2-liter Voodoo Engine Program Supervisor at Ford Motor Company.

“This whole engine, because the 5.2 was designed specifically for the GT350, it’s really the only product it designed specifically for. A lot of times we have an engine off the shelf and we might try to tweak it for the vehicle’s needs. Of course when the 5.0-liter goes in a truck versus a Mustang it gets a completely different intake for a different function. So you can modify an engine in that way,” Eric explained. “However, this overall engine was going to be an engine for the track. Of course, we wanted a lot of performance out of it, so that’s a given. But, we wanted more than just a high horsepower number or a high torque number.”

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