Finishing first in a vintage FIA race starts with a Cobra Automotive 289 FIA-legal road race engine. Using a magnafluxed and correctly date-coded C5AE original Ford block as our foundation, we build the highest quality Cobra race engine available anywhere. The block is cryogenically treated for added strength, and is fitted with Cobra Automotive’s FIA race-quality repro Hi-Po iron main caps. The rotating assembly consists of a custom forged race crank with hollow small rod journals and undercut and lightened counterweights. Linking the crankshaft to the custom JE pistons is a set of custom-machined, forged steel Oliver connecting rods fitted with tool steel lightweight wrist pins. Finally, neutral-balancing of the entire rotating assembly ensures maximum smoothness and high-rpm reliability. We port-and-polish an original set of ‘65 289 heads to our own exacting standards, which are completely prepped for racing. There is a custom-ground, fast-ramped camshaft, and tool steel lifters with bottom oiling holes to operate titanium intake and exhaust valves with 8 mm stems. “Beehive” springs and titanium retainers, working with the race-prepared stock-style rockers, will keep the valve train working without failure. A race-ported Weber intake with four fully-prepped 48IDA carburetors provide maximum power and reliability for our dyno session. If squeezing every last bit of horsepower out of this winning combination is what you’re looking for, then adding a set of Cobra Automotive’s custom stainless steel tri-y headers is an absolute must. Call (203) 284-3863 for pricing.