Detroit automakers have recently been locked in a competition straight out of the 1960s: a race to create the fastest and most powerful muscle car. This summer, Ford takes the lead with the 650-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT 500. To break the 200mph mark, engineers departed from the muscle-car tradition of throwing a truck engine under the hood and calling it a day. Instead they redesigned the engine with lightweight materials, refined the car's aerodynamics, and installed driver-assistance systems that allow anyone to drive the Shelby as it's designed to be driven—aggressively.
The Shelby's 5.8-liter engine is the most powerful V8 in production. It's also 102 pounds lighter than its 5.4-liter predecessor. Engineers switched to an aluminum engine block, ditched the two-piece iron driveshaft in favor of a one-piece carbon-fiber unit, and replaced the heavy sleeves that guard the cylinder walls with a protective layer of atomized metal alloy.
DRAG RACING ASSIST
The key to quick off-the-line acceleration is to rev the engine as high as possible before engaging the clutch, without crossing the threshold where the tires will lose traction. The Shelby's launch control finds this sweet spot electronically. The driver presses a button to select an rpm limit, floors it, drops the clutch, and hangs on as the car begins its four-second sprint from 0 to 60 mph.
To keep the car glued to the road as it approaches 200 mph, designers added a front splitter, a horizontal scoop below the grille that directs air underneath the car. By creating an area of low pressure beneath the car (and consequently an area of higher pressure above the car), the Shelby generates 33 percent more aerodynamic downforce than its predecessor.
ADJUSTABLE STEERING AND SUSPENSION
Computerized systems let drivers customize the Shelby's performance. With the car's electronic steering-assist system, drivers can choose Comfort mode to engage a hydraulic system that makes the steering soft and easy. Or they can select Sport mode, which tightens the steering for quick, precise turns. With the optional adjustable dampers, the driver can modify the suspension with the press of a button, stiffening it for flat cornering on smooth pavement or softening it for comfortable driving on rough roads.
THE 2013 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT 500
Price: From $54,200
Engine: 5.9-liter V8
Max. power: 650 hp
0-60 time: 4 seconds
Top speed: 202 mph
I have a 1973 Mach I Mustang sitting in my driveway, but this is one of the first Mustangs in a very long while to be a tempting upgrade. This must be one of the cheapest cars to crack the 200mph barrier as well.
--==]] visit my blog at zentastic.com [[==--
So much for economy and safety with an Engine: 5.9-liter V8, Max. Power: 650 hp, 0-60 time: 4 seconds, top speed: 202 mph, lol.
This car is all about power and status and appeals to a certain market segment for the almighty dollar.
"The Shelby’s 5.8-liter engine is the most powerful V8 in production." This sentence might need a few qualifiers. Koenigsegg, for example, currently produce the Agera R which has a 1100hp V8.
they failed to mention this car is ridiculously easy to overheat and only a full blown retard would even want a mustang that goes 200 mph. its a mustang. ford gave up its supercar builder status when it sold off its jag and astin martin and quit building the gt. if ford wants that status back it needs to build something new. anybody can pump 650hp into a mustang, just check any drag strip. its mostly done by 18-25yr olds.its also only a few mph faster than an unchipped and reprogrammed dodge challenger. i am not impressed and i am a long time ford owner.
ford has a car sitting on the shelf that would dominate the corvette, the viper, and almost any car u throw at it.
the shelby gr-1.
build that and get some respect. til then ford is a muscle bound farce of it once awesome past
Ah yes, I rememberthe GR-1.
It was a pretty cool car, but I don't think it'll sell in today's market. The Ford GT was also very interesting, sat too low to the ground for me, it was a midget compared to the Corvette!!!
I'd love to see Ford produce a true supercar, a real competitor to McLaren, Koenigsegg, Ferrari. The GT accomplished that in so many ways, but it wasn't modern enough. I want something with copious power, a pretty face, but also intimidating, lots of tech but not so much it gets in the way.
the gr-1 had a v10. the new model would have a direct inject boosted v8. the ford gt pumped out 1001hp when the 5.4v8 had a twin turbo kit added to it. a move ford never did but many shops did. the gr-1 is the same basic style as the new viper and bmw zagato so it would sell fine, better than the other 2 because it was designed by carrol shelby himself.
Most powerfull mass produced V8. The amount of engines Koenigsegg produces for their cars is probably outnumbered by the prototype and test engines Ford makes for the 13 GT500.
Lets think rationally. How would anyone wanting a mustang that tops 200 mph from the factory make them a retard? It has all the tools necessary to be successfull at a 200mph run and be safe. Ford is not trying to make the GT500 a supercar, they are just pushing the bar higher for muscle cars.
Yes it is easy to modify a mustang into a beast, so what? Does that mean that Ford or any company should stop making cars fast from the facotry? Maybe Ford should just offer a n/a version of the 03-04 Cobra engine in all their mustangs and call it a day. 300 base horse power with the potential to make 800 when modded. The forged rotating assembly can handle it. What about the rest of the car? I could buy a 13 mustang GT and then bolt on a Procharger D1SC and make 600rwhp easily and run with the stock GT500 in a straight line from a freeway roll. So? The modified GT is not nearly as reliable as the factory stock GT500. Everything is thought out for that factory 662hp in the GT500. The suspension, fuel, drivetrain rotating assembly etc. Its all designed around the increase in power.
A stock with exception of a tune SRT8 Challenger going 200 mph? LOL! Please provide some info on this.
How are you not impressed with the 13 GT500? Its above and beyond ANY of the other muscle cars. The ZL1 is its closest competitor and well, the 12 ZL1 is good competition for the 07 GT 500.
The Ford GT(supercar) with an aftermarket twin turbo kit is definately capable of 1000rwhp. That doesn't mean Ford should do it from the factory! Reliability and safety. There are these things called warranties that come with factory cars, how long do you suppose a 1000rwhp engine holds together? 10k miles? Maybe if you keep your foot off the gas. Its not easy to make that kind of power and have factory drivability, safety and reliability.
Why just mount a jet engine in this car and allow it to go 1000pmh. It is all really absurd.
I prefer economics, low cost, comfort and getting from point A to point B with as little stress as possible.
Well, Ford finally made a Mustang that beats a stock Corvette.
One my prides was a '68 Chevelle SS396 with a built engine. I thought the good old days were long gone. The prices of the old cars are in the $100K to $1M and more. My cousin had a hemi cuda built to a one of a kind since his dad was a VP. He paid about $4K for in new. Wish he and I had kept both of the cars.
The good old days are here. I doubt there will be faster, safer and better handling cars for such good prices unless we get flying cars. The modern cars outperform supercars of only a decade or few years ago and far outpace anything from the 60's. This new cars are fantastic and if used safely they can be great fun.
There are some small tracks that allow club members and we need more track days at other safe tracks for owners to use.
Austin's F1 track needs to open up for track days.
Actually a jet engined car is not a new idea. Semi-trucks manufactures flirted around and created a jet engine truck because a jet engine is way more efficient then a gas/piston engine.
The only problem is that when your semi-truck eventually breaks down you will have to tow it to the nearest airport to get it fixed.
in motor trend, 2010, they did a shoot out between the challenger, camaro, mustang, all top level models, all unchipped, Challenger was in the 190mph range. so no a mustang hitting 200 is not impressive, its comical. and yes ford has referenced it as a supercar on numerous accounts.
i say comical because quite simply at the end of the day u still drive a mustang, barely distinguishable from the v6 model next to it. rebadge it and nooone would know the difference. extremely few places let u hit high speeds so it still no better than the gt. omg 0-60 is a second or 2 faster....thats so worth doubling the price.
simply put ford is or was capable of so much more than a overpowered mustang. thats why im not impressed. i know they can do better. btw its not faster than a corvette or new viper either, nor will it handle better, but it would be a cheaper alternative.
@Robot - The fact that you prefer utilitarian cars doesn't mean that there isn't a perfectly valid performance car market. Cars are, for a great many people, more than just about getting from A to B as cheaply as possible.
@megmind - Um, no, jet engines are not "more efficient". If they were we'd use them or turbine engines or some variant. Trucks use DIESEL engines because they are the best balance of efficiency and reliability for that sort of vehicle. Not sure where you got the odd idea that jet engined trucks are fuel efficient. Perhaps I am misreading you somehow.
--==]] visit my blog at zentastic.com [[==--
Just punch someone and get over it, the handling still sucks. The AC car frame was the only saving grace of that BIG power design.
Some adolescent drivers think they are speed racer on the road, with an imaginary belief they are powerful as they pass good drivers following the law and being safe. Your opinion is of that of man, stuck in a boy’s body. It is time to grow up and care about others, sir. A powerful engine racing car, does not belong on the public roads, but only on a race track, if that is your hobby.
What a sad thing to say. Its wonderful to see technology give us an engine thats a marvel; ayt 19 to 20 mph and 650 hp.
As for me, no eco-weiners or crying because I dont make the money required to get one.
I was young the first time musclecars came by around, and personaly drive a Camaro SS LS-3 6 speed; and have to say that the silky smooth delivery of 430 hp across the gears as I unlimber the warmed up engine raises my hackles and gives me a smile a mile wide.
So go hug a tree dude.
Please let us be careful. Just because you can sell something does not mean it should be manufactured, distributed, and/or sold. There is much on this planet that should not exist and many people are willing to pay good money for it. Nonetheless, while it is getting close to being unethical to more and more people, driving a high performance car is not illegal. Yet.
Driving a high performance car should never be illegal I agree there are some things that shouldn't exist. Muscle cars don't fit in that category to me though they are getting good fuel mileage when driven normally. A sports style car will handle better then most vehicles they will stop faster they will do many things other better then a sedan or something along those lines. They do have the capability of going fast too fast on public roads but because something can do something illegal doesn't mean it should be outlawed a bunch of things can be used to do illegal stuff. When the law is broken you need to punish the law breaker not everyone who likes muscle cars. I've seen this on a couple of different super cars a special key that has to be activated to get the top end abilities. I don't see anything wrong with that that way a person would have to be meaning to go that fast. Having to activate something would make it less likely to be used in say a road rage incident. I dont look busy because I did it right the first time
Finally i get the chance to look as cool as Night Rider's David Hasselhoff. Maybe I could score some airtime in a Viagra commercial.