From 2007 through 2012 the Shelby GT500 was already one of the most powerful cars on the road. However, in 2013 Ford’s Special Vehicle Team wanted to take the GT500 to a new level. That level was 200 mph and to get there, they constructed a larger, 5.8-liter engine and topped it with a 2.3-liter TVS supercharger.
“The TVS features twin four-lobe rotors that are twisted 160 degrees, and have a drive ratio that spins 2.64 times faster than the previous model,” Eaton said of the supercharger atop the Trinity 5.8-liter engine.“This is completely different than the previous construction thathad three lobes angled at 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and increased angle creates a more efficient flow into the engine when combined with the TVS’ revised inlet air outputs, increasing volume by 33 percent. Boost has been increased to 14 psi from 9 psi.”
The XBA inlet bolts right up and requires no porting. This cast unit is finished to match the factory Trinity TVS, but it’s obviously much larger to allow for installing a Kenne Bell 168mm monoblade throttle body. It is available with (PN PBH-XBA-ELBOW-TB; $1,399.99) and without (PN PBH-XBA-ELBOW; $499.99) the throttle-body in case you already happen to have one. The XBA will also accept the EVAP solenoid from the Trinity or earlier GT500s if you were looking to swap an XBA-equipped Trinity blower onto a pre-2013 GT500.
Bigger Really Is Better
We found consistent 40- to 60-rear-wheel-horsepower gains over some of the largest bolt-on throttle bodies on the market…—Frank Perdomo, Power By The Hour
“We had seen the performance gains from other bolt-on throttle bodies and cold air kits on the TVS cars. The results lead to the question, ‘what if?’ What if we put on a larger CAI and throttle body? We added a Super Big Air from JLT Performance and found more power, but it was limited by the size of the throttle-body,” Frank explained. “We had a KB168 here from another project, and we started mocking things up for a test. Once we did, the results were night and day. We found consistent 40- to 60-rear-wheel-horsepower gains over some of the largest bolt-on throttle bodies on the market.”
Here’s a look at the stock inlet and throttle-body on a Trinity TVS. If you have been around aftermarket positive-displacement blowers, you know that they often have much larger inlets as restrictions on the intake side definitely hurt power and efficiency. A JLT Super Big Air intake will also help reduce restriction.
Using the Kenne Bell products on multiple builds in the past and having tuning data with Lund Racing on tap made it an easy decision.—Frank Perdomo, Power By The Hour
“We went with the KB168 based on our history with them. Using the Kenne Bell products on multiple builds in the past and having tuning data with Lund Racing on tap made it an easy decision,” Frank explained. “The same quality product from the monster GT500 projects we have put together and the same great tuning from Lund Racing made our testing and end product a lot better going with what we knew would perform.”
That tuning is critical to making the massive 168mm throttle body compatible with the stock GT500 supercharger and electronics.
Power by the Hour developed its XBA inlet elbow to provide maximum inlet flow in a bolt-on package that requires no porting.
Tuning Is Everything
XBA Inlet Package Options
• XBA Inlet $499
• Kenne Bell 168mm Monoblade Throttle Body +$800
• JLT Super Big Air 148mm CAI +$399
• SCT handheld tuner +$499
When PBH tested this setup on a bolt-on 2013 GT500 that was previously equipped with a stock inlet elbow and throttle-body, the car picked up over 50 horsepower, which is pretty impressive for an easy bolt-on and some tuning. If you already happen to have a Kenne Bell 168mm throttle body, you can pick up just the XBA elbow (PN PBH-XBA-ELBOW; $499.99) or the elbow and the throttle body (PN PBH-XBA-ELBOW-TB; $1,399.99).
One of way the XBA unlocks power is by utilizing Kenne Bell’s massive, 168mm monoblade throttle body, which is much larger than the factory twin-blade (right). They found it provided the best performance when paired with the XBA. You will have to swap over your factory throttle-body electronics and flash the PCM with a tune to make the new setup work, but Lund Racing already has this calibration scienced out.
The XBA inlet is compatible with most of the commonly available cold-air intake systems, so simply list what CAI you have and PBH will provide the appropriate silicone coupler to join it to the KB168mm throttle body. That said, PBH recommends the JLT Super Big Air to allow for maximum performance.
With only a JLT 127mm CAI and ARH 1 7/8-inch long-tubes installed, this bolt-on GT500 baselined at 672.97 horsepower and 673.93 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Adding the XBA inlet system and a Lund Racing calibration generated peak-to-peak gains of 36.32 horsepower and 22.45 lb-ft of torque.
Looking at a sampling of the data shows consistent double-digit gains throughout the pull and a gradual increase in boost, which delivers more than another pound about 5,500 rpm. The Trinity TVS definitely likes the freer flowing inlet.