Classic Recreations brings EcoBoost engines to its Shelby Mustang cars image

Oklahoma-based coachbuilder will offer the twin turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 in 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR models worldwide and the 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder to the Chinese market.

Classic Recreations is the only licensed and factory authorized builder of the Shelby Mustang continuation cars, the company’s products being essentially replicas of the 60s-era muscle cars. The coachbuilder has announced the addition of Ford’s EcoBoost engines to the lineup of powertrains for its 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR Mustangs. The 3.5-litre twin turbocharged V6 EcoBoost comes from the factory with 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, thanks to high pressure direct fuel injection, variable cam timing, forged internals and dual water cooled Honeywell/Garrett GT15 turbochargers. With an all-aluminum construction, the engine offers a substantial weight reduction compared to the iron-block V8 originally fitted in the car. For those seeking more power, the unit can be tuned and equipped with larger turbos to produce over 600 horsepower.

Classic Recreations will also offer the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine found in the Ford Focus ST to customers in the Chinese market, where imported vehicles are subject to strict engine displacement taxes and regulation. After an ECU tune for premium fuel, the engine is rated at 300 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. Both EcoBoost models will be available with either standard or automatic transmissions, while the full line of V8 engines – including Coyote and Windsor models ranging from 420 to over 1,000 horsepower – will still be available as well.