Tech Ride: 2013 Shelby GT500- The Ultimate Pony Car
"My name is Carroll Shelby, and performance is my business." Those infamous words will forever be etched in the back of every muscle car lovers mind, but after the passing of Mr. Shelby, the auto world was at a loss for words. Nearly 50 years of Shelby putting his personal touch on every Mustang that was built, it was all gone in a second. The only joy we can find in this is knowing that through all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that he put into each Mustang, they were finally able to see the glorious 200 mph mark. Now, we are left with a reminder, and Mr. Shelby always said that he wanted his legacy to live on in the cars that he built. Well, we're damn proud to say a 200-mph American classic is one of the best legacies anyone could ever leave behind. Besides this glorious history, the Shelby GT500 is more than just the same straight line, drag racer of old. The new pony had been tested at the world's most prestigious racing facilities including the famed Nurburgring and Nardo where it reached the 200 mph mark. As competition grows hotter with the Camaro ZL1, Ford's engineers were looking for a way to make the 2013 even better than the competition. No matter what they do, it all starts with a V8.
The Most Powerful V8...IN THE WORLD Besides bragging rights, the engineers over at Ford and Shelby get a hugely impressive 662 hp from the all-aluminum 5.8-L V8. This gives the Mustang the capability of reaching 200 mph for the first time, ever. Even in today's standards, 200 mph is a milestone, and the only other comparable American car that can reach this type of speed is the Chevy Corvette ZR1 (not the Camaro). New heads, new camshaft profiles, and a larger more efficient TVS supercharger all contribute to the overall success. Claiming the title 'most powerful V8 in the world' comes thanks to the massive 600 lb-ft of peak torque, only relative in power to the 8.4-L V10 from the new SRT viper, and at $54K it's nearly half the price.
It Goes Around Corners Aerodynamics and muscle cars throughout the years have been like oil and water, but to make a purebred track car it takes a little more than a V12 under the hood of a cardboard box. The new body has been upgraded with a carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing that give the 200-mph monster more downforce. Ford says the new aerodynamics give it a "very stable" drive at extremely high speeds. Electronically-adjustable Bilisten shocks and a Torsen limited slip diff also makes the GT500 sturdy on all four wheels. That allows for maximum G's into the corners. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTFPL3sD00o Sitting in the driver's seat, you can feel the racing heritage deep within; a classic V8, a manual transmission and something that no Italian or German car maker can offer, muscle. As much as we love the Camaro ZL1, it's hard to say that a 200-mph Mustang doesn't make the hair on the back of our neck stand on end. Almost 50 years and four generations later, the Shelby GT500 has come a long way. From its roots on North Carolina backwood dragstrips, to the most prestigious racetrack in the world, the Nurburgring. Mr. Shelby would be proud. See more of the 2013 Shelby GT500 here