When the Voodoo engine was announced, we were led to believe its high-strung manners, NVH considerations, and lightweight reciprocating assembly was already living on the razor’s edge. Some believed that strapping a blower to the crank of a stock 5.2-liter engine would be the death of it. As evidenced by Mitchell Pope’s 1,000-plus-horsepower, ProCharged Shelby GT350, that’s just not the case.
“I loved the looks and performance of the 350. I knew with an engine like the Voodoo it would be capable of big power and great platform to start with,” Mitchell said. “The car handles phenomenally and the only place it was lacking for me was power-wise. I had a 900-horsepower 2013 GT before this, so the car actually felt slow to me.”
For those worried that the Shelby GT350’s Voodoo 5.2-liter is too fragile for boost, we present Mitchell Pope’s ProCharged Shelby GT350, which delivers four-digit performance from 17.5 pounds of boost. (Photo Credit: Mitchell Pope)
Now the car is an absolute beast but it’s manageable because of the linear characteristics of the motor and the ProCharger. — Mitchell Pope
While the naturally aspirated Shelby might have felt a bit sluggish to his power-jaded sensibilities, Mitchell changed that quickly by adding aProChargerF-1A supercharger and more.
“Now the car is an absolute beast but it’s manageable because of the linear characteristics of the motor and the ProCharger,” Mitchell explained. “The whole reason I went with ProCharger was I knew it would fit great with the way the car makes power and just amplify it.”
To support 17 and a half pounds of boost coming from the intercooled supercharger, he added a Fore Innovations triple-pump fuel system and Injector Dynamics and ID1300 fuel injectors, which are able to supply enough E85 for that four-digit horsepower. The engine is largely stock, but he did added billet crank and oil pump gears to hold up under big boost and high rpm. A full Kooks exhaust lets it breathe up there as well.
“The Voodoo loves RPM, and so does the ProCharger. Naturally not loading the piston to hard at low rpm, keeps pistons and bearings happy, plus with the variable cam timing being amazing on these cars, we can produce great torque results, while keeping the stock intake manifold, and let the motor make the big power where it wants to,” Erik Radzins, social media and tuning guru at ProCharger, said. “One of my friends said it best after he added his ProCharger to his GT350. ‘It’s like driving a car with a big-block, well one that turns 8,300 rpm.’”
Mitchell’s ProCharged Shelby GT350 put down 1,030 horsepower and 797.94 lb-ft of torque at the wheels courtesy of a Rob Shoemaker custom calibration delivered with HP Tuners hardware and software.
Someone had to see what these cars really could make when pushed. — Erik Radzins, ProCharger
Of course, Mitchell’s isn’t just any blown GT350. It is one of the most powerful stock-block Shelbys on the planet.
“He is the pioneer. Someone had to see what these cars really could make when pushed,” Erik said of Mitchell’s achievements. “He has a great tuner keeping that amazing Ford ECU in check, to keep it as safe as it can be. To think how hard it was to make a four-digit number just five to 10 years ago, it blows my mind how awesome it is to see these new techno monsters do it with seeming ease.”
It might seem easy, but Mitchell isn’t ready to leave well enough alone, when it comes to his 1,000-plus-horsepower Voodoo machine.
“Future plans are a built motor and switching to a F-1A-94 and maybe a 200-horsepower direct-port shot of nitrous; Eventually shooting for 1,500 horsepower,” he added. “For now I’m going to wait until cooler weather and add some FTW Purple with a little more timing and see if it can hit 1,100 horsepower on the stock motor. I want to eventually turn it o to a half-mile car that is still fun to drive and still a great handling car.”
While running in the half-mile will definitely benefit from moving to a higher-winding ProCharger, for the street Erik really likes the F-1A that Mitchell is currently running.
Mitchell’s Voodoo 5.2-liter is only upgraded with more durable crank and oil pump gears to withstand 17.5 pounds of boost for a ProCharger F-1A intercooled supercharger.
“The F-1A is a hard-hitting midrange blower. For that (changing to the F-1A-94) it would give up a little on the top end. However again with the VCT of these cars, you can play with that and keep the power climbing,” Erik said. “Naturally with the swap to a -94 unit it would gain even more top end, but he would sacrifice just a small amount in the low- to midrange. And on a street car, I personally would stick with the ‘A.’ It’s just fun to blow the tires off at any speed when showing off.”
For more on ProCharger’s offerings for the Shelby GT350, you can check out the company’s official site here.