Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
August 30, 2011

Inside The Ford Racing X302 Crate Engine

The Ford X302 crate engine offering came about last year as a solution to offer a budget-friendly catalog offering directly from Ford. With Ford switching over to modular engines completely (the last Ford pushrod small-block was installed in the ’01 Explorer 10 years ago), there have been no new block castings available for a production-type crate engine. Sure, Ford Racing had its Sportsman block, and now the Boss 302 block for its beefier higher-horsepower capable crate engines, but some people wanted a simple and basic engine to power their street rods, kit cars, and classic muscle. Ford Racing, which has worked with numerous engine builders and rebuilders in the past for various catalog offerings, put together a plan to build a budget-friendly package using a reconditioned block and crankshaft with new production connecting rods, Mahle pistons, a Ford Racing performance camshaft, and aluminum heads that would pass all of Ford Racing’s stringent testing and be able to offer a 12/12K warranty to boot. Let’s take a quick peek inside this 340hp small-block for more details.

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Ford Racing Crate Engine Specs

Part Number M-6007-X302
Displacement 306ci
HP 340
Torque 310
Block Reconditioned production 5.0L roller block
Comp. Ratio 9.0:1
Heads X306 GT-40X, 64cc, 9:1cr
Camshaft E303 Hydraulic Roller
Crank Cast 3.00-inch stroke, 50 oz. imbalance
Rods Forged I-beam, 5.090-inch
Pistons Lightweight forged, 4.030-inch
Intake Not supplied
Distributor Not supplied
Valve Covers M-6000-K302R
Oil Pan Production double-sump “Fox” Mustang
Water Pump Standard or reverse rotation (V-belt pulley or serpentine)
MSRP $3,845

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