• Watch a 1,000-Horsepower Hennessey Shelby GT350 Take on a Cammed Shelby GT500

The Shelby beats the Shelby in this race

What happens when you race a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 against a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500? In standard form, the GT500 should run away with this race, but nothing about this race is “standard.” The GT350 isn’t stock; it’s been through the Hennessey ringer, and it’s been loaded with a Whipple supercharger to go with other modifications that the current owner put in place post-Hennessy tuning. The result is a monstrosity that packs well over 900 horsepower. That should be enough to put the GT500 in its place, right? Well, in a twist that probably everyone saw coming, the GT500 is far from a stock model, too. It’s also been tricked out to deliver over 800 horsepower, effectively making this a super-powered Shelby versus super-powered Shelby race. Who saw that coming?

Who wins the race?

A Shelby wins the race.

In all seriousness, the race between these two raided Shelbys is close enough that it’s hard to spoil the winner without running the overall viewing experience. I will say that the two Shelbys raced twice in the video, and both races we’re extremely close. Now, you’d expect the 900-horsepower Shelby GT350 to nip the 800-horsepower GT500 in the bud, but expectations often don’t materialize if you expect them so easily.

Watch a 1,000-Horsepower Hennessey Shelby GT350 Take on a Cammed Shelby GT500
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At this point, it’s probably best to just let the two mighty muscle cars duke it out to see which upgraded Shelby reigns supreme. The video lasts over 12 minutes long, so there’s enough build-up to get you excited for the big race, or races in this case.

Remember, folks at the end of the day. The Shelby wins. As for which one? Go watch the video and find out.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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