Building a 2015 Mustang Race Car with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag is building a new company race car called “Trigger” using a wrecked 2015 Mustang GT roller. Vorshlag is rebuilding the Mustang with a 383 ci LSx V8 mated to a T56 Magnum XL six-speed manual transmission. The combination results in the V8 being 85% behind the front axle centerline and the transmission shifter aligning perfectly with the stock location. The Mustang will also receive MCS RR2 adjustable coilovers, Powerbrake front brake kit, and 8.8-inch rear end with Auburn Pro Series differential. Vorshlag will use the build to develop a bolt-in LSx swap kit for the S550 Mustang. Follow the project’s progress in the build thread.

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Vorshlag 2015 Mustang with a LSx V8

Source: Vorshlag (build thread)

8 Comments

    • Brian – I respect your opinion but hot rodders have been doing “cross make” V8 swaps for over 80 years… it is done out of necessity. The Flathead Ford V8 was swapped into everything for decades, then the Small Block Chevy became the swappers engine of choice. Fast forward to the 21st century and the LS V8 is the lightest, most compact, best supported domestic V8 made – and people put them in anything. 🙂

  1. Joseph Wallerius

    The LS is a great engine, but it has zero place in a Ford, especially a GT. They could have used an Ecoboost or V6 roller, instead of a GT where a Voodoo or Aluminator, or even just another 5.0 could have been installed. Keep GM engines out of Ford’s.

    • Joseph,

      If you check out the forum build thread linked in this article you might see that this salvaged Mustang was little more than a rolling chassis. No drivetrain, no wiring, no nothing. It was worth less than an Ecoboost or V6 roller, as it had zero parts needed to support the Coyote install.

      It all comes down to your idea of “Keep GM engines out of Fords”, but this is the Engine Swap Depot page. They showcase this sort of thing – which has been done for 80+ years. 😉

    • Jesse

      Or, Joseph, don’t tell other people what engine swaps to do. If you want to see an ecoboost or aluminator, do it yourself.

  2. Thanks for the article – we’re excited about this swap, and have had hundreds of positive comments, PMs, emails and calls. For each of the angry comments we get 5 people asking about this swap kit, because they want to do it.

    This is nothing new. We started our first LS swap in 2001, and each chassis we swap offends some small portion of that “marquee group”. I get it, not everyone understands cross make engine swaps. We just don’t have “brand loyalty” for any particular chassis maker’s parts. We put LS engines in all sorts of cars (this will be our 11th unique chassis/model to tackle) because it makes more financial sense to use “the best parts” for a given race car build.

    Racers tend to understand this – winning sometimes takes “out of the box” thinking. Life would be pretty boring if we all just “painted within the lines”. Sometimes it takes a bold approach to find an advantage…

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