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New name for Ford Supercars engine supplier

A NAME has been settled on for the new-look Ford Supercars engine program.

That will be Motorsport Powertrains, which according to ASIC documents was registered on February 7.

It came to light last November that Dick Johnson Racing had purchased, in full, the entity previously known as Herrod Performance Engines.

Herrod, a veteran of the performance car industry, entered the fray in early 2022 to succeed the retiring Steve Amos’ Mostech Race Engines business.

The performance of the Blue Oval’s Gen3 Supercar engine came under the microscope last year, with Tickford Racing managing director Rod Nash revealing a series of meetings at the 2023 Gold Coast 500 had led to a change whereby DJR seized control.

Under the guidance of DJR team principal Ryan Story, it’s understood that significant gains have been made, leading to the presentation of a new-specification Ford Supercars engine last week.

That came as the upgraded unit was further put through its paces during testing at Queensland Raceway and Winton, run in the #11 DJR and #3 Blanchard Racing Team Mustangs respectively.

Motorsport Powertrains is based out of the old Stone Brothers Racing engine shop in Yatala, adjacent to Matt Stone Racing’s headquarters.

Motorsport Powertrains will supply and service the engines of all five Ford Supercars Championship squads, namely DJR, Tickford, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Grove Racing and BRT.

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