Ford has dropped a hint about the possibility of selling the 2017 GT supercar’s biturbo 3.5-liter V6 as a crate engine.
In an interview with Autocar, Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak said the new version of the biturbo 3.5-liter V6 could find its way in low-volume sports cars or supercars developed by small companies. In addition, the motorsport-spec version of the EcoBoost unit could be sold to privateer race teams.
Pericak was obviously talking about the latest installment of the biturbo 3.5-liter V6 which in the 2017 GT supercar will churn more than 600 horsepower. The Blue Oval company hasn’t released an exact power figure, but stats in the Forza Motorsport 6 video game revealed the EcoBoost unit will have 630 hp (469 kW) and 539 pound-feet (730 newton meters) of torque. Taking into account Ford and Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios worked closely to have the supercar prominently featured in the game, those figures could prove to be real or at least very close.
It’s worth noting that Ford already offers the 3.5-liter unit in lesser states of tune for small manufacturers, much like General Motors sells the small-block V8 engines. As a consequence, it would make sense to sell the new version with more power to other companies and racing teams willing to pay for the beefy V6.
Taking into account the 2017 GT will have a hefty starting price of around $450,000, offering the high-output 3.5-liter to other manufacturers could mean you won't have to sell your house to access Ford's strong V6 unit.