0 Hurst Kenne Bell Engine Build Lead Art

For some, money is no object. If someone with the wherewithal happens to be as horsepower crazed as we are, things can get pretty wild when the idea of a budget is cast aside.

That’s all you really need to know about why the Hurst/Kenne Bell pairing is now tackling a 1,100-crankshaft-horsepower example for a truly limited Hurst/Kenne Bell Mustang. A customer wants one, so Kenne Bell is stepping up with a bigger, 4.2-liter blower instead of the mere 3.6-liter behemoth fitted to the garden-variety 750-horsepower models.

Destined for a special Hurst-Kenne Bell Mustang, the 1,100 hp engine was alreadywearing its distinctive gold coil covers when the 10-rib blower drive was mocked up.

The larger blower has engendered detail improvements in the existing Kenne Bell Mustang GT fitment, namely a second drive belt, modified fuel rails and a whole new attitude in the torque and horsepower categories.

Furthermore, with the engine longevity threatened by quadruple-digit power figures and the owner eager to have the best of everything, this engine uses some Voodoo magic mixed with a Coyote howl to make its mark. That’s right, not only is this Hurst/Kenne Bell build starting with a 2017 Mustang GT with just 7 tender miles on the odometer, but it’s also an engine swap. The Coyote is out, replaced by a Voodoo motor so thoroughly modified there’s precious left of it; save the block and those gorgeous cylinder heads.

Durability is the main attraction of the Winberg crankshaft, but it’s also a beauty to look at. Aero-shaped counterweights are a Winberg development and just one detail in this highly featured crank. This shaft is said to be good to 2,000 horsepower and 10,000 rpm. While a nicely featured production crank, the 180-degree Voodoo shaft (left) is visibly optimized for lightweight rev-ability—not boost. Both crankshafts are identical except the smaller rod journal diameter—2.005 inches versus the stock 2.086 inches—specified by Gil Nevarez for this application. It’s obvious in person, but in photos seeing the 180-degree physique of the Voodoo crank (left) versus its 90-degree Winberg replacement is best done head on. Check out the wall thickness of the Winberg’s snout. Large, 0.125-inch radii; a beefcake snout to survive blower drive belt loads; lightning holes in both main and rod journals; heavy metal balancing inserts; and aero profiling show this crankshaft has it going on. Not visible is Winberg’s dedication to using only top-quality steel billets.