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This 1963 Ford Cortina received a Honda F20C Engine, a HKS GT supercharger, and a healthy shot of nitrous.
The small block Chevy, and more importantly the Gen III small block Chevy known as the LS engine, is thought of as one of the best engines reasonable money can buy. Its plentiful availability, low cost, and impressive power figures make it the perfect engine to use as a swap. However, some people such as Ash Lambert set out to prove that just because you can use an LS doesn’t necessarily mean you have to. As seen in the following video, Lambert took his s
The Honda F20C Engine
What is the F20C you might ask? It is, in fact, the incredible engine out of the Honda S2000 sports car (on a side note, tuning shop LHT Performance was able to put together a full turbocharged Honda S200). In its natural form, the engine made an impressive 247hp out of its only 2.0L displacement. Featuring Honda’s famed VTEC system on both the intake and exhaust cams and a 9,000 RPM redline, the engine performed like no other engine on the market. Even today, the engine remains one of the highest horsepower per liter naturally aspirated engines ever produced.
Built Ford Tough, Improved By Honda
However, typical with hot rodders, Ash Lambert decided 247hp was just not quite enough, so he bolted on a HKS GT centrifugal supercharger and a healthy shot of nitrous. These modifications boost the power output to 370hp without nitrous and 430hp with. As can be seen from the video and photos, Lambert didn’t just slap it in there either. The featured car sits with a beautiful factory color, aluminum radiator, and a clean tucked engine bay.
Dedication Where It Counts The Most
More impressive, however, is the dedication Lambert took in making the old Ford perfect. The project took him three years to complete from start to finish. This three years includes roughly 200 hours of welding and fabrication to make everything work. Ash made his own custom rear subframe and fitted struts from a Focus, and the brakes from a Ford Fiesta ST. These upgrades are more than enough to withstand the power and low weight of the Cortina.
Proof In The Numbers
As impressive as the vehicle may be to look at, a true hot rod is nothing if it can’t perform as good as it looks. And as one can see by the video, Lambert’s little Cortina definitely has what it takes. Sporting a 1/4 mile time under 12 seconds is fast by any means, especially for a car that’s built for the streets.