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17 September 2019

East meets West with this Godzilla-powered XY Falcon

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk
Ford Falcon GT-R. (image credit: RacePace Motorsport)

Despite the Falcon’s strong presence in motorsport, Ford’s local hero has never been known for its corner-carving abilities.

However, a fella called Rod Langridge has built a hill climb XY Falcon, which has plenty of go in a straight line and handling to match.

Truly a "Super Falcon". (image credit: RacePace Motorsports) Truly a "Super Falcon". (image credit: RacePace Motorsports)

The car recently appeared at a Melbourne workshop called RacePace Motorsport, which specialises in modifying Skylines and R35s, but why would someone take their Aussie muscle car to such a place?

Because underneath lies the running gear and floor pan of a R32 GT-R.

The twin-turbo in-line six teamed with the Skyline’s all-wheel drive system results in a way more sophisticated package compared to an original XY.

Engine swap a Barra into an XY Falcon and no one bats an eye. Add an RB and everyone loses their mind. (image credit: RacePace Motorsports) Engine swap a Barra into an XY Falcon and no one bats an eye. Add an RB and everyone loses their mind. (image credit: RacePace Motorsports)

Styled to pay homage to Leo Geoghegan’s Super Falcon from the early ‘70s, it even features the iconic “shaker” hood scoop seen on the GT and GT-HO Phase III models.

Power hasn't been stated by the workshop after a tune, but it's wouldn't take much for the RB26 to make over 373kW (500hp).

This leaves us with the question: who would win? An R32 GT-R dressed up as an XY Falcon or a R33/4 pretending to be a VL Commodore?