All buttoned up and ready to rock. The Limited Edition 460 represents the pinnacle of crate engine offerings based on the new Man O' War block. This one is rated at 575 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. It carries a list price of $10,995, which includes a 2-year/24,000-mile warranty. That sounds like a pretty good deal if you ask us. Every World crate engine is dyno tested prior to shipping, and we can tell you that its advertised power ratings are generally on the conservative side.
THE DOWN UNDER CONNECTIONAustralia, where Fords dominate the high-performance market like Chevys do in the States, is quickly becoming the hot spot for Blue Oval hot parts. One of the premiere purveyors of Ford performance parts is Cylinder Head Innovations (CHI), out of Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia (they have a handful of distributors in the U.S.A., with World Products being one of them). One of the best products is the 3V 218cc aluminum cylinder head--a design that was used on the runner-up Engine Masters finalist engine in 2002.Bill Mitchell has tapped into this as a source for exotic performance parts that fit his large-volume Man O' War blocks. In a reciprocal relationship, those new Man O' War blocks will be heading to Oz to feed a market hungry for Ford ultra-high-performance.Take a close look at the photo here and you'll see numerous features not standard on production Man O' War crate engines, including the 3V alloy heads, 3V 9.5-deck Dominator intake manifold and coolant cross-over bypass. CHI even made the cast-aluminum valve covers on this unique engine, which was scheduled for testing shortly after our visit. The land Down Under is definitely Oz for Ford fans.