The 2013 Shelby GT500 was first revealed to us earlier this year, but one of the talking points of the model is the introduction of a launch control system for the very first time.

With so many ponies in reserve under the hood, it has massively increased the chance of a massive burnout, particularly for less experienced drivers. The launch control looks to avoid this by electronically adjusting the brake and engine management systems to create a smooth acceleration.

The system within the Shelby GT500 differs from many competitors systems by allowing drivers to alter the acceleration behaviour depending on the driving style. Naturally, a drag race driver would want different settings to a standard on-the-road driver.

Ford has produced a simple infographic to highlight the system above and more in depth details are available in the press release below.

The latest incarnation of the GT500 comes with a 5.8-liter V8 engine that generates 662 hp (494 kW / 671 PS) and 631 lb-ft (855 Nm) of torque while offering estimated fuel economy statistics of 15 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.

A full report on the model is available here.


Gallery: 2013 Shelby GT500 gets clever launch control system