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Race Engines in Australia: Options

In Australia we have a range of high-performance race engines on offer.

The 289 Windsor, 351 Windsor, and FE big block engines stand out as iconic powerhouses, and you’ll find these used and tuned in many Aussie race cars.

Race Engines

289 Windsor Race Engine

289 Windsor Race Engine

Introduced in the early 1960s, this small-block V8 engine was a significant milestone for Ford Australia. It proved its mettle on the racetracks, securing numerous victories in various categories.

The 289 Windsor boasted a compact design, displacing 4.7 liters (289 cubic inches). The lightweight nature allowed for better handling and agility on the track. Equipped with advanced components like a high-performance intake manifold, Holley carburetor, and solid lifters, this engine could effortlessly produce over 271 horsepower in stock form.

Enthusiasts quickly recognised the engine’s potential for modification and tuning, making it a popular choice among hot rodders and drag racers. The 289 Windsor engine became a symbol of speed and power, etching its name in Australian racing history.

351 Windsor Race Engine

351 Windsor Race Engine

As the successor to the 289, the 351 Windsor engine took the torch of performance excellence to new heights. Introduced in the late 1960s, this big-block V8 proved to be a formidable force in various motorsport disciplines, including circuit racing, drag racing, and rallying.

The 351 Windsor engine featured a larger displacement of 5.8 liters (351 cubic inches) and benefited from advancements in engineering and materials. It offered enhanced power and torque, making it an ideal choice for high-performance applications. With suitable modifications, the engine could produce well over 300 horsepower. Good enough to cater for the demands of serious racers.

Notably, the 351 Windsor engine gained popularity as a dependable street racer engine. Was it the raw power, or the signature V8 sound which captured attention, or was it both?

FE Big Block Race Engine

FE Big Block Race Engine

The FE big block engine family was another triumph for the Australian racing scene. These engines, ranging from 332 to 428 cubic inches, were developed by Ford and first released in America in 1958.

The FE quickly became a force to be reckoned with, and was soon to become Ford’s most respected big block engine.

The FE engines offered incredible power and durability. This made them ideal for a wide range of racing disciplines.

Old School Vintage Australian Racing

A great race to watch. Denis O’Brien – Sandown Historics Race 2012:

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