If you’re not up-to-date on Ford Performance’s 5.2-liter Aluminator V8 crate engine, you are surely missing out a slice of horsepower heaven. Rated for more than 580 ponies, this GT350/Coyote-hybrid engine powers this Factory Five Racing Gen 3 Coupe-R built by Snap-On-Tool as part of a four-part series.
From The Ground Up
In the first episode, video host Jarod Deanda of Snap-On-Tools introduces its Factory Five Racing Gen 3 Coupe-R build which takes place at Factory Five Racing’s Wareham, Massachusetts, headquarters.
“We’re going to build a Factory Five Daytona Coupe with a one-of-a-kind power-plant,” Jarod said. “A hand-built, preproduction Ford Performance 5.2-liter Aluminator XS engine with 580 horsepower at the crank.”
As Jarod points out, this isn’t Snap-On-Tools’ first rodeo when it comes to building Factory Five Racing cars, but with the help of its president, Dave Smith, the build is commenced with the guidance of Factory Five’s own CEO on deck.
Droppin’ In The 5.2
In the second episode, Jarod and the crew at Snap-On-Tools and Factory Five Racing drop the all-new, hand-built 5.2-liter Aluminator XS engine into the freshly prepped Daytona Coupe body. As Jarod points out, this engine is extremely rare, and for good reason.
“This thing was actually hand-built for us for this car,” Tony Zullo, Sales & Technical Director for Snap-On-Tools said. “This thing makes 580 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.”
That’s more than 150 horsepower than the 5.0-liter iteration of the Aluminator XS that proceeded it.
Adding The Finishing Touches
In episode three of the From The Ground Up video series, Jarod and the crew add the final touches to this Factory Five Racing Daytona coupe – tightening up the body panels and adding the wheel and tire package, tailoring the package together.
“We’ve got a bunch of things to do,” Tony Zullo laughed. “First thing is to put it on the dyno and see what it gets for numbers. We gotta see what’s going on there and try to get the computer tuned. We still need to bleed the brakes – basically get it road ready. With all of that, it’ll be 100-percent ready to go!”
Driving The Daytona Coupe
In the video series’ finale, the crew from Snap-On-Tools, Factory Five Racing and professional driver Joey Logano take the 5.2-liter-Aluminator-XS-powered Daytona coupe for a test drive around Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, to stretch its legs! As Jarod points out, the car’s exterior has been fully enhanced.
“We did a lot of stuff to it,” Jarrod said. “We took it through the wind tunnel, and we got the aero dialed in and the front splitter on.”
Now that everything is buttoned up, you’re probably wondering – how does it drive? Well, according to Joey Logano, “The car is balanced. It’s predictable, and it has a ton of steering well angle, so you can drift the hell out of it.”