The power war between carmakers is raging. While some work on ridesharing schemes and electric vehicles, others are pumping seven-hundred-plus horsepower into their rides. You already knew Ford wasn’t going to get left behind in this race. Henry Ford would be rolling in his grave. Luckily, the only thing rolling is the upcoming 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. Oh, and it’s rolling along at extremely high speed.
The “Holy Shit” Car
Ford’s soon-to-come 2020 Shelby GT500 is no joke. In fact, long time Mustang designer Melvin Betancourt described it eloquently as the model line’s “holy shit” car. We have to agree with his sentiment.
Just for comparison, a $300,000 McLaren 720s just barely crests the 700-horsepower summit. Meanwhile, the Porsche Turbo S puts out a meager 580-hp. Now, the all-new 2020 Shelby GT500 will put out “700-plus-horsepower.” Now, Ford won’t say what the precise numbers are because they won’t have them until this summer. However, it doesn’t make sense for them to produce a vehicle that falls short of competitors. Some estimates suggest that it will boast around 720-hp to top the Dodge Challenger’s 717-hp updated Hellcat.
Whatever the numbers turn out to be, they will be produced by a 5.2-liter V-8 derived from the lesser GT350’s engine. It will redline at 7500 rpm, but who needs crazy revs when a Eaton TVS R2650 supercharger sits atop the engine? Meanwhile, an upgraded cooling package compare to a GT350 will keep the engine happy on long runs. It includes an air-to-liquid intercooler, an upgraded radiator, and engine-oil cooler, and a transmission-oil cooler.
Powerful In Every Direction
Previous GT500s have had issues with turning as precisely as driving in a straight line. However, Ford has been adamant that his model will go left and right just as well as it goes straight. To accomplish this, they used the brilliantly handling GT350 as a basis. It carries the same basic strut front and multilink rear suspensions. It differs with stiffer springs, fatter anti-roll bars, and altered front-suspension that aims to reduce the tramlining common in GT350s.
The new Shelby GT500 will feature standard aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires sized 305/30ZR-20 in front and 315/30ZR-20 in the rear. An optional Carbon Fiber Track package will allow the driver to customize with carbon-fiber wheels that bear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires.
Aesthetically, the GT500 is little different from its lesser relative the GT350. It does feature a new rear diffuser and different optional wings. The front fenders are slightly (0.4 inch) wider on each side. It will also feature a power-bulge hood that accommodates the increase in engine height. This incorporates hood pins and a large vent to release hot air from the engine bay and reduce aerodynamic lift on the car’s nose.
Ford says that the new GT500 will do zero to 60 in the mid-three-second range. Meanwhile, it suspects that it can do a quarter-mile run in less than 11 seconds. If this turns out to be true, then the new Shelby GT500 will beat the Hellcat in almost every aspect. Well done, Ford. Learn More