New Truck News | Ford’s New 7.3-Liter V8 Deserves the “Godzilla” Name, 2020 Roush Ford Ranger Full Review and Lordstown Motors Developing Electric RV

This engine peaked at over 1,100 horses with minimal modifications

Ford’s Godzilla engine needs no introduction. The automaker introduced this in the Super Duty truck series not too long ago. This V-8 pushrod displaces 7.3 liters and makes 430 horses and 475 pound-feet of torque. But, it looks like the engine is a lot more capable than its rather subtle state of tune in the production engine form.

Ever since the company started offering it as a crate engine, builders have been trying to extract every ounce of power from it. Merkel Racing Engines decided to do the same, and with minimal mods, they were able to achieve four-digit power figures. Is this engine a beast or what?

The New York-based tuner dyno-tested the naturally-aspirated version of the engine first with an upgraded throttle body and OBR MAP calibration. This resulted in 540 horsepower, which is 120 ponies more than the factory-rated number. The Drive spoke to a crew member from Merkel Racing Engines and he said that post this, the crew fabricated a forced induction setup that involved a pair of 7875 VS Racing turbos, twin intercoolers, and 1,000 cc injectors.

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2020 Roush Ford Ranger Review | Show for a lot of dough

You may want to spend some time with a Ford accessories catalog first

We’re in the middle of an off-road pickup truck craze, from the high-powered Ford F-150 Raptor to the unique Jeep Gladiator. But it’s not just OEMs getting in on the action, aftermarket companies are cashing in on off-road upgrades including Roush, which has an upgrade package for the 2020 Ford Ranger.

Visual upgrades abound, and the exterior ones do their best to make the Ranger look like a Raptor. You’ll immediately notice the grille with big “ROUSH” lettering in the middle instead of “FORD.” And instead of amber marker lights, two sets of LED running lights are fitted in the top of the grille. The fenders receive dark metallic painted flares that add a little bit of width, and there are Raptor-esque LED markers at the rear. Roush adds a smattering of graphics around the truck and some red-painted tow hooks, too. Inside, Roush fits custom diamond-stitched leather upholstery, Roush branding on the instrument cluster, WeatherTech floor liners, a custom key fob and a big badge on the dash.

As for mechanical upgrades, they’re fairly mild. The 18-inch Roush wheels are fitted with 32-inch all-terrain tires. The truck sits on Fox 2.0 shocks with matched Roush springs, which level the ride height similar to the Ford Performance levelling kit. Roush also adds its own cat-back exhaust that adds sound, but no power to the Ranger’s otherwise stock 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. For an extra $935, you can get a Level 1 Roush Performance Pac that includes an engine and transmission calibration along with a new intake. It optimizes shift programming for performance and adds 47 horsepower measured at the wheels and 65 pound-feet of torque Our test truck was not equipped with this, though. All added parts are under warranty for three years/36,000 miles.

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Lordstown Motors is developing an electric RV with Camping World

Camping World will also service Lordstown’s trucks

Businesses who add an electric Lordstown Endurance pickup to their fleet will be able to count on Camping World’s network of retailers for service, the two companies announced. Camping World locations across the nation will be expanded to maintain and repair the trucks, and the partnership could grow in the coming years.

Camping World’s 170 service centers will supplement the independently-owned shops that Lordstown plans to establish in America’s high-density areas. These stores represent thousands of technicians and service bays, according to a jointly-released statement, and they’ll gain the ability to fix mechanical issues as well as body damage to ensure Endurance operators can put their trucks back on the road as quickly as possible.

Spare parts will come from a separate network that Lordstown is currently building. Owners will also benefit from a 24/7 tech hotline, and from the Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance Program that Camping World runs.

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