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Here’s The Weird Thing You Have To Do To Supercharge A New Car In California – The Autopian Podcast


It’s time for the next episode of The Autopian Podcast, presented by our friends at Marble, this time with 150% more dogging on David. In this week’s episode we’re going to talk about the time David got super called out by his new coworkers for messin’ up their workspace with car parts, as well as glean some interesting intel on how to supercharge your truck in California.

This episode was back at Galpin Auto Sports, which was appropriate given one of the main topics of the show. You see, we wrote a little post about how you can get a factory-approved, warrantied supercharger for your Coyote 5.0 V8-powered F-150, even the shorty-shorty base truck. This became our biggest post ever. There’s just one big catch.

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Here’s what Thomas had to say about the truck:

The headlining act in this festival of fury is a three-liter Whipple twin-screw supercharger force-feeding a five-liter Coyote V8. That’s a humongous blower, so peak output of 700 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque isn’t terribly surprising. However, while compacting all 68 PBR cans in your truck bed with one 700-horsepower brake-torque launch is delightful, that’s not the only delightful part of this package. Ford Performance has gone to the trouble of getting the FP700 kit through CARB certification, so this pumped-up F-150 is fully-legal in California. Can I get a hell yeah? Oh, and Ford Performance even throws in a warranty, even if it’s a short one at three years or 36,000 miles.

Cool, cool, cool. We talked internally about what it might take to do one of these kits and learned something incredible from Beau who, running both Galpin Ford and Galpin Auto Sports, is definitely an expert on these things. Apparently, even if you buy all the stuff from Galpin, the new purchaser of the truck has to (for California reasons) drive the stock truck off the property and then back on before Galpin is allowed to actually install the supercharger. Super weird.


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What’s In The Podcast:

In this week’s podcast we’ve got:

  • Jason calling out David for his workplace behavior.
  • The cats living in David’s car.
  • Bob Lutz’s greatest joke.
  • The F-150 issue.
  • A great discussion of Bert Boeckmann, Beau’s incredible dad and a legend in the car industry, who passed recently.

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S13 Sedan
S13 Sedan
8 months ago

Sounds like buying beer in Pennsylvania where your first question should be how much beer do you want because that will affect what store you go to. If you go to a six pack shop, they’re legally only allowed to sell however many fluid ounces of beer is in a twelve pack in one transaction so for example if you want to buy a 12 pack and a 40, you need to buy one, leave and put it in your car, then come back in and buy the other.

8 months ago

My #1 advice to car buyers is to drive it at least a thousand miles before doing any mods. That way you’ll know what falls short and what you don’t want to risk a just-right factory optimization of.

Dsa Lkjh
Dsa Lkjh
8 months ago
Reply to  Nlpnt

I remember talking to a guy with a brand new Porsche Cayman about all the mods he’d done to it, including a billet flywheel which made the gear changes much better.

When I asked for detail of what this improvement actually was, rather than just “better”, it turned out he’d had all the work done by the dealer before he’d driven it, entirely based on what the internet said.

His other Porsche was also less than a year old, which made less inclined to worry about him wasting money.

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