Ford has produced many engines during the century it has been in business. Perhaps the most famous moniker among fans of Ford is the 5.0, formerly known as the 302, but always produced at the Windsor engine plant in Ontario, Canada. Ford hasn’t officially announced the return of the 5.0, but it is the worst kept secret in the industry.

Prior to the breaking of the news embargo on the 5.0 though, the Windsor Star ran a story about Ford gearing the Windsor plant up for renewed operations starting in February.

Picture: Dan Janisse/The Windsor Star

Production is slated to begin again on the 1st of February, and right now over 200 people are employed in retooling the factory, which for decades built the famous 5.0 engine. It also built the 351, another important workhorse of the Ford lineup. But when the 4.6 liter modular motor replaced the 5.0 in the Mustang in 1995, the Windsor plant’s days seemed numbered. The last 5.0 built for a production car went into a Ford Explorer, although the engine continued to be produced as crate engines from Ford Racing.

At its peak, the plant employed over 2,000 workers. But last November during the height of the cash crunch, it was temporarily shuttered and 500 workers were laid off to save much needed cash. Since then with an investment from Ford and the Canadian government, the plant has reopened, and full scale production is set to return in February. The new generation 5.0 outpaces its grandfather in every aspect, cranking out 412 horsepower and 390 ft-lbs of torque while delivering 25 mpg on the highway. The 5.0 will find its way into the Mustang and F-150 at first, while Ford’s EcoBoost engine is seeded throughout the rest of the lineup.

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