You could say that the Ford Territory crossover is Australia’s equivalent to the Flex, as it’s seen as somewhat of a soccer mom car. Nevertheless, with the same underpinnings as the local Falcon sedan, including its straight-six engine, it has some tuning potential of its own.
Between 2006 and 2011, the Territory could be had with the Falcon XR6 Turbo’s 333hp (245kW) 4.0-litre turbocharged engine, albeit with a top mount intercooler in lieu of the Falcon’s front-mount one. As Ford is on the verge of laying these cars to rest in October 2016, while persevering globally with the Ecoboost V6, we wonder if they are killing off the wrong engine, but let’s digress.
This example here featured by FullBoost is the work of Sydney-based Independent Motorsports. Starting with a Territory Ghia AWD Turbo, the top mount intercooler is swapped for a front-mounted Nizpro unit, a Borg Warner S300 Turbo forcing out 24psi via a modified plenum and exhaust manifold, with Bosch 1650cc injectors and a Aftermarket Industries Surge Tank.
The result is 654hp (488kW) at all four wheels, with a 10.14-second ET @136mph (218km/h) at Calder Park. Very impressive when you consider it’s a daily-driven car with 135,000kms on the clock.
Check out the video below to hear the note only an inline six can produce, in a tug-of-war against the stall converter.
By Mitchell Jones