Founded in 1990, Vortech Engineering has arguably become synonymous with late-model hot-rodded Mustangs. It seems you can't throw a rock these days without hitting one of these cars that sports a Vortech blower under the hood-and for good reason. Vortech has carved out a niche, delivering reliable, affordable kits that are 50-state emissions legal and provide plenty of room to add extra boost and horsepower.
'86-'95 Mustang 5.0L V-8 Kit
The company's original V1 A-trim centrifugal blower for '86-'93 5.0L Mustangs proved a hot ticket item. Today its successor, the V-1 SC-Trim, remains one of the most popular supercharger kits on the market. Upgrades are available for this kit, including the SQ S-Trim with helical-cut gears, designed to support greater power levels, and the T-trim, aimed more at the street/strip crowd and able to support 825 hp.
Vortech also offers a SQ and T-trim kit designed specifically for the '93 Mustang Cobra, as well as a kit for the '94-'95 Mustang V-8s, including provisions for the intake elbow configuration that is unique to this application.
'96-'04 V-2 Mustang 4.6 Modular V-8/3.8 V-6 Kits
When Ford replaced the veteran 302 pushrod engine with the modular overhead cam 4.6L V-8s in both two and four-valve form, Vortech was there to answer the call with a line of V-2 kits. These were an improvement on the V-1, but still used engine oil feed for lubrication. They were also available with a raft of popular upgrades, including Vortech's own Power Cooler air/water intercooler, high-flow bypass valve, and fuel management unit designed to optimize the air/fuel ratio. Besides the V-8 applications, Vortech also released a version of this kit with the V-2 blower designed for the 3.8L V-6 engines found in '94-'04 Mustangs. Versions of this kit are currently available for the following:
- '96-'98 Mustang GT 4.6L (2V)
- '96-'98 Mustang Cobra 4.6L (4V)
- '99/'01 Mustang Cobra 4.6L (4V)
- '99-'04 Mustang GT 4.6L (2V)
- '01 Mustang Bullitt 4.6L (2V)
- '03-'04 Mustang Mach 1 4.6L (4V)
'03-'04 Mustang Cobra Tuner Kit
Although the '03-'04 Mustang Cobra already came supercharged from the factory, due to demand, Vortech offered a version of its V-2 SQ and T-Trim blowers designed to fit this car. Dubbed the Cobra Tuner kit, they are designed to handle serious amounts of boost (up to 26 psi) and feature a 4-inch aluminum intake duct, a billet mounting plate, a MaxFlow race bypass valve, and an eight-rib supercharger drivebelt for maximum durability. These kits also include an integrated air/water power cooler, but unlike the other V-2 kits, use the Cobra's factory mounted heat exchanger.
'05-'09 Mustang Kits
Vortech was among the first to release a supercharger kit for the '05 Mustang GT. Although initially offered as a non-intercooled kit, the vast majority of the '05-'08 kits sold today come with a PowerCooler. These kits feature billet aluminum brackets, a high-flow fuel pump, a DiabloSport handheld programmer, and high-capacity fuel injectors. Although the standard blower featured in these kits is a version of the engine oil-fed V-2, the company now offers a self-contained version- the V-3. Besides the GT, kits are also available for '05-'08 Mustangs with the 4.0L V-6 engine.
Ford Truck kits
Unique amongst current supercharger manufacturers, Vortech also offers a wide range of supercharger kits for Ford Trucks. These are similar to the Mustang kits and are comprised of the following applications:
- '87-'97 Ford F-Series Trucks 5.0L; 5.8L; 7.5L V-8
- '93-'95 Ford F-150 Lightning 5.8L V-8
- '97-'02 Ford F-Series 4.6L V-8
- '98-'03 Ford F-Series 5.4L V-8
- '99-'03 Ford Super Duty 5.4L V-8, 6.8L V-10
- '04-'06 Ford F-150 5.4L V-8
Stop Press: Positive Displacement
Coming somewhat as a surprise at the 2008 SEMA show, Vortech pulled the wraps off the VL series positive-displacement supercharger. A twin-screw design manufactured in Sweden by Lysohom Technologies, these kits will be distributed in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. By doing so, Vortech becomes the only supercharger manufacturer to sell centrifugal and positive-displacement blowers. The VL series, available in 2.3L and 3.3L capacities, is designed for '07-'09 Shelby GT500s and KRs and can be a direct bolt-on replacement for the M90 on '03-'04 Mustang Cobras. It features a new plenum design with increased volume to maximize airflow and an integrated bypass valve. It utilizes the factory intercooler on these cars, and like other Vortech units, comes with a DiabloSport Predator handheld programmer to optimize timing and air/fuel ratios.