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It’s been confirmed that a version of the Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] 5.0-liter ‘Coyote’ V-8 found in the Mustang GT will be used by British sports car brand TVR for its comeback. But TVR won’t be using an off-the-shelf unit; rather, it will use an upgraded version built by legendary engine builder and tuner Cosworth.
The information was revealed to Autocar earlier this week when Cosworth fired up the engine for the first time and tested it on a dyno. In the Mustang GT the engine delivers just 435 horsepower but with Cosworth’s tuning the output will be dialed up to between 450 horsepower and somewhere in excess of 500 horses for TVR’s requirements.
Modifications made to the engine are said to include new valve timing, a lighter flywheel, dry sump lubrication and new exhaust manifolds designed to suit TVR’s plans for side-mounted exhaust pipes. TVR is being tight on specs as the engine will appear in several models coming down the line, including a potential Le Mans racer that could be lining up at Circuit de la Sarthe as early as 2018.
TVR’s first road car, meanwhile, should be launched in 2017. The company is targeting a curb weight of just 2,425 pounds for the car and enlisted the help of McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray for the development.