Though automakers may no longer be building big-block engines, there are still hardcore engine guys out there who will use nothing but big-block motors. Sometimes these engines have twice the displacement of modern V8 engines, and the amount of torque they can crank out of all those cubic-inches is scary. And the sound, oh the glorious sound!
But when it comes to dyno-tuning these beasts, you had better look out; more than one engine dyno has met an inglorious fate at the hand of a Ford FE big-block. That is why engine builders like Jay Brown, who built this beautiful fuel-injected 530 cubic-inch Ford big-block engine for drag week opted for a Superflow Dyno.
Superflow specializes in measuring power both at the wheels and at the crank. Its line of engine dynos range from mild to wild, capable of taking up to 2,500 horsepower and revving to 15,000 RPMs. That will keep a lid on all but the most powerful and ridiculous engines out there, including this 530 cubic-inch Ford monster.
With fuel-injection and no power adders, this massive Jay Brown creation cranked out over 850 horsepower. No wonder that Mr. Bill doll looks scared; you can actually see it being sucked towards the intake of the engine! No wonder why; an engine that size requires a lot of air to work. 530 cubic-inch engines are hungry for oxygen as it turns out. Electric fuel injection or not, these old Ford big-blocks prove that they’re still the stuff of legends.
We wonder what this engine is destined for? A Mustang? A Fairlane? Maybe even a rat rod? Once we find out, we’ll let you know.
For more information on Superflow Dynamometers and Flowbenches, log on to superflow.com.