How do you get 1010bhp?
Squeezing over 1000bhp from a 2.5-litre Duratec takes some doing. It helps, of course, that it’s a decent capacity five-cylinder unit, but the huge pressure on the engine means it needs to be immensely strong. The bottom end has been pinned and linered with strong ARP bolts used to hold it all together. Then you need a turbo capable of flowing the huge quantities of air needed to make 1010bhp (in this case, a BorgWarner EFR9180). Of course, it wouldn’t fit at the rear of the bay, so a custom side-mounted manifold was also required for the install.
As with any big-power build, the key is in the mapping. In this case, the Syvecs standalone set-up allowed Devil Developments full control over every engine parameter – timing, knock, EGTs air/fuel ratio – in fact, any information from the engine could be assessed and adjusted as necessary. It was also run on E85 fuel, which has a higher octane rating due to its ethanol content. At 2.8bar the turbo is right at its limit, so this is as far as this current set-up will realistically allow.