Ford really nailed it with the new Shelby GT500

Ford did a lot of things right with the Mustang Shelby GT500. It updated the Voodoo 5.2-liter V-8 used by the Shelby GT350 with a 2.65-liter supercharger, ditched the innovative flat-plane crank design of the GT350, and went for a more traditional cross-plane crankshaft, all while considerably upping the power output.

Plus, we don’t have to tell you just how much weight the Shelby name holds in the automotive industry. Then again, so does Ferrari. Or Porsche. However, as you’re about to see, that wasn’t enough to throw off the Shelby GT500.

5.2-liter V-8. Supercharged. Power output of 760 horsepower, backed up by 625 pound-feet of torque, for a top speed of 180 miles per hour. A seven-speed fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission that can swap gears in under 100 milliseconds and a mid-three-second sprint time from zero to 60 miles per hour. This is, in brief, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Steered by the extremely charismatic host Jason Cammisa, the GT500 gets ready for its battle against the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 812 Superfast with a warm-up drag race against the… 717-horsepower, 656-pound-foot of torque Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Oh, and yeah, the GT500 makes the Hellcat look like a disoriented lamb in the quarter-mile run. If you’re not in the mood of watching the entire video, you can skip straight to 8:50 for the Hellcat versus GT500 drag race.

Next up, Ford versus Ferrari. Not in Le Mans, however, but on the same airfield that saw the Hellcat take a beating. Only this time, the GT500 faces the quickest-accelerating, front-engined, RWD car of all time. Yours truly, the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast, motivated by a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 tuned to produce 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. That’s LaFerrari power and 13 pound-feet more torque for a 0-60 miles per hour sprint ticked in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211 miles per hour, which allowed the Superfast to run the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 138 miles per hour. The GT500, however, needed 11.4 seconds to cross the finish line at 132 miles per hour, almost a second later. Still, the GT500’s base price is $73,995, while the 812 Superfast will have you splash north of $330,000.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Just Proved Itself Against the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video
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So, where does the 911 GT3 RS fit in this story? Well, it had to go head-to-head against the GT500 on the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Behind the wheel of both cars was Randy Pobst, and guess what? The GT500 held its own against a lighter and theoretically, nippier car that can shoot from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds flat and reach a Vmax of 193 miles per hour. Need proof? The Shelby needed clocked in a lap time of 1:55.72, while the 520-horsepower, 365-pound-feet Porsche came in at 1:55.57. You do the math.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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