Throwback: 2006 Ford Shelby GT500 "Germany" Commercial
2006 seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? At the very least, it feels like a different lifetime. Social media was still in its infancy and the world felt a lot bigger back then. 2006 was also a big year for Ford. The Blue Oval was bringing the Shelby Mustang back to life after a 25-year absence. Ford went all-out in marketing the return of the Shelby nameplate, and one commercial, in particular, effectively hammered Ford’s point. The Shelby Mustang was a beast, and there really was just one road in the world that could have a proper dance with it: the German Autobahn.
The ad, called “Germany,” puts the spotlight squarely on the 2006 Shelby Mustang GT500 and what it could do on a stretch of road that didn’t have any speed limits. It’s a fascinating commercial to look back on given that the Shelby Mustang is now deep into its third generation.
If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!
This Classic, Mid-Engined Mustang Is the Muscle Car We’ve Always Deserved
The 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 arguably marked the end of an era, as the GT500 began to be built in-house by Ford. Carroll Shelby’s actual involvement in the design of the car was reduced, somewhat telling of the colder relationship between the two sides that was further underlined by the fact that Ford raced the Boss 302 at the same time - not a Shelby model. But all that gets put aside when you look at the renders of Rostislav Prokop that has envisioned an unusual mid-engined Mustang: one that keeps the proportions of the front-engined original.
Be Amazed As Someone Painstakingly Carves a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Out of Wood
We’ve been covering woodies in these pages a lot recently, and for good reason. The car body style deserves to be covered as much it does, and while we’ll continue to do that, we’re showcasing something similar — and different — this time around.
This, folks, is a 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 that’s built entirely from wood. It’s not the woodie you expected, but it’s the wood carving we all deserve. This masterful creation comes to us by way of the YouTube channel Woodworking Art, which is a must-follow channel, by the way.
Watch a 1,000-Horsepower Hennessey Shelby GT350 Take on a Cammed Shelby GT500
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?
This Classic Shelby GT350 Is Loud and Fast - You Have to See It
The Shelby GT350 is the most iconic nameplate derived from the Ford Mustang. It was born in 1965 from Carroll Shelby’s ambition to turn the Mustang into a race car, and it returned in the modern era with the fifth- and sixth-generation models. But the original GT350 remains the coolest incarnation of the nameplate, and a new video from AutotopiaLA will show you why.
Ken Miles’ Mustang Shelby GT350R Becomes The Most Expensive Mustang Ever Sold At Auction
A 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R has become the most expensive Mustang ever sold at an auction setting. The record-breaking Shelby GT350R sold for a whopping $3.85 million, eclipsing the previous record-holder, the 1968 Mustang GT hero car that was driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt. No less than Ken Miles, the British racer who was prominently featured as one of the main characters in the movie, Ford v. Ferrari, drove the specific Shelby GT350R, nicknamed the “Flying Mustang.” The $3.85 million sale price now ascends to the top of the ladder as the single most expensive Mustang to ever sell at auction. It’s going to take a special Mustang to unseat the new record-holder.
The Most Expensive Mustang Is Now a 1965 Shelby GT350R With a Price of $3.85 Million
The first-generation Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic cars ever built, and for a 60-year-old classic it isn’t very expensive. You can buy several models for less than $100,000 and the rare versions aren’t as expensive as the Ferraris from the era, which are known to cost from as low as $5 million to as much as $50 million.
But some Mustangs can cost millions of dollars. Up until now, Steve McQueen’s Mustang from the Bullitt movie was the most expensive, having been auctioned off for $3.74 million in January 2020. Come July and that record has been surpassed by another Mustang from the era. The prototype version of the 1965 Shelby GT350R just crossed the block for $3.85 million, $14K more than McQueen’s green ’Stang.
Ford has introduced a new appearance package for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that is said to harken back to the original 1965 Shelby GT350. Although the package doesn’t include any mechanical upgrades, it does come complete with a Wimbledon White exterior paint finish and Guardsman Blue racing stripes. The front and rear will benefit from official, custom badges only available with the Heritage Edition package.
The interior, on the other hand, doesn’t see much in terms up upgrades or exclusivity. There will be a unique dash badge, though, and the seats will be finished in all black with red contrast stitching. Otherwise, the interior of the GT350 should carry over unchanged. The same can be said for the powertrain, so don’t expect any power upgrades to come with the Heritage Package, either. The 5.2-liter under the GT350’s hood will continue to deliver 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.
In this case, the racing stripes and custom badges don’t offer an increase in performance, so you’ll still get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and will top out on the north end of 155 mph. Pricing for the Heritage pacl is set at $1,965 but that is added on top of the $60,440 sticker price of the 2020 GT350 or the $73,435 price of the GT350R. There’s no word on availability, but it doesn’t appear as if the Heritage Package will be limited to a certain number of takers.
Ford Performance Kicks Off Its New East Cost Racing School With a Program Exclusive to the Shelby Mustang GT500
Ford has cut the proverbial ribbon on a new Performance Racing School at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The new school will be the home of the GT500 Track Attack, a new class dedicated exclusively to the just-as-new Shelby Mustang GT500, and owners of the Shelby GT500 will have complimentary access to the school.
On top of that, Ford will provide loaner models of the GT500 for use on the track as part of the deal. On the other hand, you’ll have to pony up for travel and room accommodations. For more information on how to register for a class, you can visit Ford’s official Performance Racing School website.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Quicker to 60 MPH Than the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 - This Video Tells Us Why
Besides being as American as hot dogs, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 and the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 sit at the very top of their respective makers performance pyramid. Sure, the Blue Oval also has the Ford GT muscle to flex, but for now, we’ll focus on the two, specifically how quick ar they to 60 miles per hour from a dead stop. Turns out, the mid-engined C8 is the nimbler of the two, despite holding an obvious power disadvantage. How’s that possible? Bear with us to find out.
When Ford introduced the 2020 Shelby GT500 it blew the last-gen model out of the water. Where the old model featured a 5.8-liter supercharged and turbocharged V-8 that was good for 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque, the new 2020 GT500 pushes it to an all-new level. It is nearly 400 pounds heavier, but it pumps out 760 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 that features nothing more than a big, fat supercharger sitting on the top of the engine. We’re talking mid-3-second sprints to 60 mph and quarter-mile times that drop into the 10-second range. We were there for the big debut, and we’ve seen it on more than one occasion. To be honest, we keep thinking about it, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s also a big gallery at the bottom of the page if you want to choose something different for yourself!
The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Will Land In Australia, but the Price Will Make Your Ass Hurt
Good news, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fans in Australia. The fastest Mustang ever built will be coming to the Land Down Under! Bad news, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fans in Australia. The fastest Mustang ever built will carry a price tag that’s going to beat your bank accounts senseless!
That’s the predicament our mates now face. On the one hand, the possibility of owning a Shelby GT500 has never been this close to reality, at least if a new law passes allowing variants of the Mustang not sold in Australia to be imported and sold locally. On the other hand, these converted-for-Australia GT500 models could set would-be owners back as much as AUD300,000 to AUD400,000. That converts to around $202,000 to $270,000 based on current exchange rates.
Depending on what the price ends up being, our friends in Australia would have to pay at least three times as much as U.S. customers for a chance to own and drive the fastest Mustang ever built. Is the thrill of owning a Shelby GT500 worth the price — literally — of a Lamborghini Huracan? That’s a question only those who are really interested in a converted Mustang Shelby GT500 can answer.
Check Out How Ford Builds the 2020 Shelby GT500’s Engine in AMG Fashion
We all know and love Mercedes-AMG. It is home to some of the world’s most powerful and vocal engines, including those V-12s Mr. Horacio Pagani uses inside his boutique supercars. That sort of high-quality levels and confidence received from fellow carmakers and customers, however, is due to a sanctified concept we know as “one man - one engine.”
In other words, only one technician is tasked with the assembly of a particular engine within AMG. Not two, not three, not a team. Just one. In fact, Affalterbach is so strict about it, that if the engine is not completed during a shift, it will have to wait until the next day, for the same technician to come to work and resume the assembly process.
Ford, on the other hand, seems to have learned its lesson and as a result, decided it should do the same for the V-8 that goes inside the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. And for the first time ever, we can show you a video that documents that build process.