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Ford awaiting answer to engine request

FORD is hopeful that a solution to its Supercars engine concerns will be approved in time for the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint.

V8 Sleuth understands a request to run updated mapping has been submitted, with the Blue Oval now awaiting an answer.

Top-end engine performance and straight-line speed were flagged as areas where the Camaro held an advantage at Albert Park.

Ford and its powerplant partner Herrod Performance Engines had already come up with a revised map by that time, but that was not implemented at Round 2 due to the time-consuming nature of the process.

There is a 28-day wait time attached to Engine Specification Document applications, which software calibration now falls under.

That was not the case in the previous 5.0-litre era, when mapping was more in the hands of teams.

The Gen3 ruleset has brought a sharp increase in controlled componentry; that includes all Ford and Chevrolet teams being randomly allocated engines from HPE and KRE Race Engines respectively.

The Mustangs of Todd Hazelwood and Cam Waters at Albert Park. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Mapping and calibration is now standardised by the championship, albeit separately for the two different engines (one being a 5.7-litre pushrod for the Chevrolets, the other a 5.4-litre DOHC Ford Coyote).

Ford/HPE has lodged an ESD application to have an updated map approved and is confident that will bring a step forward.

There will be a change to the Camaro fleet prior to Perth in the wake of Centre of Gravity test findings.

“To be clear, this isn’t adding a new 4.97kg — this is redistributing existing ballast in the car,” Supercars head of motorsport Adrian Burgess explained via Supercars.com.

“It’s not a major adjustment by any means, it’s a small number — but this is a parity series.

“In comparison, 10L of fuel is far more powerful than the adjustment we’ve just made for the CoG.”

Round 3 at Wanneroo Raceway kicks off with practice on Friday, April 28.

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