The first Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger System was introduced in 2008 for the 4.6L 3V Ford V8-powered Mustang. This underhood power adder set the industry standard for forced induction systems that offered a huge power gain, easy bolt-on installation with no internal engine modifications required, and rock-solid reliability for daily driving that was supported by a manufacturer’s powertrain warranty.
Edelbrock has since dropped the E-Force designation, but the Edelbrock Supercharger line has expanded tenfold to include nearly all of the most popular American muscle car applications as well as sport compact imports such as the Miata MX-5 and Subaru BRZ platform that includes Scion FR-S and Toyota 86.
While hot rods and late-model muscle cars will no doubt continue to be the bread and butter for the aftermarket performance industry, you may notice large companies like Edelbrock are steadily expanding their product lines into the light truck market. According to a 2019 report by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), “Pickup truck upgrades are the largest sector of the specialty equipment industry, accounting for 27% of total retail dollars, followed by mid-range cars and SUVs (including the Jeep Wrangler).”
WHY SUPERCHARGE YOUR TRUCK?
The short answer is: More power equals more fun! But for truck owners, better performance has several practical advantages, too. Hauling heavy loads, towing trailers and running accessories like oversized wheels and tires all consume power. While OEMs offer up-spec engines, even the highest factory horsepower and torque options leaves us wanting and needing more in daily driving situations. Anytime we make modifications to improve performance, the goal is to improve airflow. The Edelbrock Supercharger System for trucks improves the operating efficiency of an engine for a substantial increase in both horsepower and torque. With most V8 truck applications you can expect to see about 35% or better increase over stock. An Edelbrock Stage 1 kit for the 2018+ Ford F-150 for example increases rear-wheel horsepower by 65% over stock (600 RWHP) with 35-37% more rear-wheel torque over stock (467 ft-lbs), all while remaining emissions-legal in each of our 50 states.
- RELIABILITY — All Edelbrock Supercharger Systems use Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) rotor assemblies for OEM-like reliability. In fact, these systems are so reliable that Edelbrock includes a free 3-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty with the supplied calibration.
- SMOOTH POWER FOR DAILY DRIVABILITY — Edelbrock Superchargers overcome the limitations of a naturally aspirated engine by forcing more air into the engine. The positive-displacement TVS design yields a broad power curve with instant response (no turbo lag!).
- SIMPLE INSTALLATION — Whether you choose to install it yourself or have it done by a qualified mechanic, the Edelbrock Supercharger Kit includes all necessary components with a full-color installation manual to simplify the process. No internal engine modifications are required and there is no need to cut or modify the factory hood or body.
Today’s sport truck enthusiast enjoys no greater pleasure than to match or exceed performance in a side-by-side comparison with a muscle car, late-model or otherwise. Unfortunately, many are still unaware of the potential that Edelbrock Supercharger systems offer for light trucks. While basic exhaust and cold-air intake upgrades are great entry-level modifications, an Edelbrock Supercharger System is the next step in achieving the type of performance that you can feel and make use of on a daily basis. The Edelbrock Supercharger is the best horsepower-per-dollar investment that you can make that gives you instant acceleration along with underhood appeal that is the result of Edelbrock’s distinctive design and American manufacturing. Click on any of the images in this story or visit the Edelbrock Superchargers page to learn more about Edelbrock Superchargers for light truck performance.
Brian Hatano is a veteran automotive journalist and former editor of Car Craft, Petersen’s Drag Racing, Sport Compact Car and Motorcyclist magazines.