When Jack X of Queensland says his supercharged
FPV GT-P is a terrific all-round performance car, his comments carry some weight. You
see, Jack has owned a wide range of performance cars spanning back to the ‘80s –
everything from custom turbocharged Ford Lasers (which were outrageously quick
in their time) to HSVs and Subaru STis.
Front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, V8 or
turbocharged – Jack doesn’t have any hang-ups on what’s best. He just loves a
And that’s just what you’re lookin’ at.
But when Jack purchased this GT-P new in early
2005 he wasn’t particularly bowled over by the performance of the Boss 290-spec
V8. In Jack’s words, it felt a bit flat. And, rather than suck-it-and-see with
hoards of bolt-on bits and pieces, Jack decided to go for the one-stop
you-know-what-your-getting performance upgrade – a supercharger kit.
Jack opted for the latest Vortech V2 blower which
is incorporated in the Centrifugal Air Pumps Australia (CAPA) Stage Three kit.
In Stage Three guise, the CAPA blower kit includes an intercooler in addition to
all necessary brackets, pulleys, belts, a conical air filter and associated
hardware. The engine management is modified and a water injection system is
optional – and Jack decided he might as well tick the box. Interestingly, he
also opted for a water-to-air intercooler in place of the usual air-to-air unit.
This provides a slightly shorter induction route compared to the front-mount air
With around AUD$15,000 invested in go-fast gear,
Jack enlisted ChipTorque on the Gold Coast to install the system. The team there
also tuned the factory engine management system using X-Flash software. A Bosch
high-flow fuel pump was also added to maintain an adequate flow of high-octane
With 9 psi of boost measured in the intake
manifold, Jack’s GT-P has punched out some healthy numbers. On the ChipTorque
Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno the car has no worries churning out 383kW at the
treads – more than 480kW at the flywheel. And, amazingly, this is achieved with
the original exhaust in place – the only change is a pair of Di Filippo headers.
This set-up ensures there’s no unwanted attention from the authorities.
So far, there has been no need to upgrade any of
the driveline – but, at the time of writing, Jack says the clutch is showing
early signs of deterioration. The standard Dana wet multi-plate clutch LSD
remains at the rear, though Jack did consider switching to a shorter ratio – but
why bother when there’s so much torque on tap and the engine is happy to purr
along at low rpm? Interestingly, Jack says installation of the blower kit has
improved fuel economy in normal driving conditions – he previously averaged
about 20 litres per 100km but he now sees 18 litres per 100km. Not exactly
sipping fuel, but nobody would turn down a ten percent fuel consumption
The FPV GT-P comes with uprated Control
Blade suspension to provide the standard car with balanced, controllable
handling. Jack’s example sits flatter through the corners and rides firmer
thanks to Bilstein dampers teamed with lowered King springs. The rest of the
suspension remains untouched.
Brakes? Well, the FPV GT-P already comes with
brakes that’d look at home on a race car. At the front are 355mm drilled discs
and Brembo four-pot callipers while the rear uses 330mm drilled discs and more
four-potters from Brembo. Jack tells us he’s never found the limit of the brakes
on the street, but on a racetrack – where the supercharged donk can whip the
1825kg FPV up to warp speed – he expects there would be some fade. A set of
bigger-again Alcon brakes might be installed in the future.
Like the brakes, FPV went all-out on the styling
of the GT-P. The base Falcon body is oiled up with a ‘power bulge’ bonnet,
XR-round headlights, sports bumpers, skirts and a high-mount rear wing. Jack
bought his example in high-impact Blood Orange paint and he’s removed the stock
18s to fit a set of 20 inch AMG alloys. These wear 245/35 rubbers at the rear
and slightly narrower tyres at the front (due to clearance issues with the
lowered stance and altered wheel offset).
And check out Jack’s custom-made stickers –
there’s a Boss 480kW sticker in place of the standard Boss 290 sticker and a
480kW Supercharged sticker has been added to the boot lid. Nothing over the top
– just a fitting final touch to a car that’s a truly magnificent street
Inside, the cabin is all standard GT-P fare which
means there’s Ford’s top-line centre dash display, a high-output sound system, a
race-style starter button, pod-mounted oil pressure and temperature gauges
(which were added to later-model GT-Ps) and FPV sports trim. Jack has also
indulged in a custom leather trim with contrasting colours. Those big
leather-lined seats are oh so comfy.
The GT-P’s luxury is a big part of what makes this
car so damn pleasant for all the time you can’t drive like a lunatic (which,
let’s face it, is 99 percent of the time). It’s quiet, refined, relatively
economical and, when you want, it gets down an’ goes. And it’s also reliable – a
trait that Jack values highly after a total of five engine rebuilds in
his previous HSV...
As far as Jack’s concerned, his supercharged GT-P
is a tough act to follow. And that’s why his next car will be another FPV – with
mods, of course...
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