The first look at Ford Performance’s new 572-cube, big-block crate engine
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Performance
Amongst all the excitement at this year’s Mustang Week we spotted something distinctly retro under the canopy at the Ford Performance trailer. Yes, the Blue Oval speed merchants had a lot of modern gear on display. However, there was one large part that stood out. It was a 572-cubic-inch big-block crate engine.
It’s been a while since Ford Performance Parts serviced the big-block crowd with a crate engine, but they definitely had the parts on the shelf to make a go of it, which resulted in the creation of this engine.
“We’ve been out of the big-block 385 series game for a few years now but have seen a resurgence in interest and growing parts support from other aftermarket players,” Ford Performance Drag Racing Parts and Competition Manager Jesse Kershaw explained. “So we decided it was time to take another look at bring a big-block back. We decided if we’re going to get back in the game go big-inch or go home.”
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