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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Most Powerful Street-Legal Ford in History: All-New Shelby GT500 is the Most Advanced Mustang Ever for Street, Track or Drag Strip

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
•Arriving this fall, all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 700 horsepower
•Capable of mid-three-second 0-60 mph and sub-11-second quarter-mile scores, Shelby GT500 features the best Mustang track times, the best cornering and the largest brakes of any domestic sports coupe thanks to tech transfer from Ford GT and Mustang GT4 racing programs; this includes a segment-first dual-clutch transmission
•Shelby GT500's aero-led design increases downforce and thermal management, while Ford Performance race-tuned active chassis drive modes make this the most advanced performance Mustang to date

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2019 – The all-new Shelby GT500 – the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance – delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.

'Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,' said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. 'A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.'

Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. At the drag strip, it's set to produce a projected 700-plus horsepower via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe. On the street, its menacing aerodynamic design and Ford Performance driver control technologies make every moment behind the wheel even more exhilarating.

Most powerful Ford production car ever
In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque.

'With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,' said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. 'As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we've set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.'

Shelby GT500 starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine built by hand. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the team inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked neatly in the V8 engine valley.

Like Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it's needed.

To channel power and torque to the unique carbon fiber driveshaft, Ford Performance leveraged learnings from the tuning of its Ford GT supercar's dual-clutch transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The team selected a TREMEC® 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which can shift smoothly in less than 100 milliseconds – markedly faster than any manual gearbox. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, slippery, sport, drag and track, and features line-lock and rpm-selectable launch control through selectable Track Apps.

Next-evolution Mustang performance bred from Ford GT and Mustang GT4
To harness the power and torque of the most powerful Mustang ever made for the street requires cutting-edge active chassis technology, track-bred Michelin tires and Brembo® brakes – all dialed in by Ford Performance.

Shelby GT500 takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Next-generation active MagneRide™ suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control.

Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, massive 16-5-inch (420-millimeter) two-piece rotors are added – the largest of any domestic sports coupe – plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 percent more swept area than the Shelby GT350's, these brakes have more than 30 percent additional thermal mass in the front corners.

Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

A functional, menacing design tuned with Ford Performance know-how
Thanks to a cross-functional team of designers, Ford Performance engineers and motorsports collaborators, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has functional track-hero looks to match its performance capabilities.

'With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we've ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500's fastback design is aimed at improving performance,' said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

Those large angular grille openings and muscular hood combine for a menacing, aerodynamic-led design inspired by modern fighter jet aircraft. The car's wider front fenders and stance housing Shelby GT500-specific 20x11-inch wheels proportionally align to its rear fenders that hug up to 20x11.5-inch wheels. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser result in added thermal management.

The team leveraged Ford's motorsports technical center in North Carolina and Windshear, with its rolling wind tunnel – where top-tier racing teams test – to perfect the design of the Shelby GT500. Front fascia openings are more than doubled versus the Shelby GT350, while six heat exchangers are stuffed in to increase cooling pack airflow by more than 50 percent. A massive 31x28-inch louvered hood vent features a removable aluminum rain tray for better air extraction and increased downforce.

More craftsmanship, technology and driver comfort
Shelby GT500's purpose-built cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power. Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered.

The all-new Shelby GT500 picks up a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, while a high-performance custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O® Play premium audio system is available. All of this is controlled via an 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen featuring SiriusXM and FordPass Connect™.

New colors for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are available for the all-new Shelby GT500 too.

Building on the legacy of Shelby performance
With a reputation for transforming Ford Mustang into dominant road racing machines, Carroll Shelby, American racer and entrepreneur, took his legendary Mustang GT350 model further in 1967 to craft the first-generation Shelby GT500 with a modified 428-cubic-inch V8 inspired by his team's 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.

Carroll Shelby called the original Shelby GT500 'the first real car I'm really proud of.' Today, that legacy continues with the third-generation 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 – the most powerful and most advanced Mustang ever.

The most powerful production Ford everThe heart of Shelby GT500 performance begins with a 700-plus-horsepower 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. It's mated to an ultra-fast TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and calibrated by Ford Performance with state-of-the-art drive mode technologies. As the most powerful production Mustang ever, the Shelby GT500 powertrain is the primary enabler for the ultimate performance that follows.

When it arrives this fall, the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle in history is projected to post mid-three-second 0-60 mph times and sub-11-second quarter-mile times for the quickest acceleration ever in a road-going Mustang.

A hand-built double-overhead-cam engine shares the aluminum block, bore and stroke of the Shelby GT350's, adding block and head structure, improved oil and cooling capacity, plus a cross-plane crank to support its higher horsepower.

Helping to deliver more than 700 horsepower is a 2.65-liter Eaton supercharger. A unique roots-type compressor features an inverted design with charged air output at the top for more compact packaging – one that allows for a larger air-to-liquid intercooler for consistent track performance. It's topped off by an individually signed build badge.

Keeping everything cool and well lubricated is the task of six heat exchangers packed neatly behind a front fascia that has twice the opening volume of the Shelby GT350. Dual hot-side thermostats improve coolant flow and increase cooling capacity in extreme operating conditions. A cast aluminum oil pan mounts to both the block and transmission for added strength and reduced engine vibration. Inside the 11-quart pan are active baffles to channel oil to the sump during extreme acceleration, braking and cornering.

TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
For enthusiasts who demand performance at the highest levels, automated manual transmissions are the domain of exotic supercars. Capable of shift transitions in less than one-tenth of a second, markedly faster than any manual gearbox, Shelby GT500's computer-controlled TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers the best of both worlds – high power and torque transfer plus smart powertrain controls. With this dual-clutch transmission, a whole new world of performance is at your fingertips – full automatic, semi-automatic paddle shift mode and full manual paddle shift.
In each mode, the new dual-clutch transmission markedly outperforms even the most skilled manual transmission drivers in every environment – street, drag strip or track. Leveraging years of racing and performance engine development, Shelby GT500 brings some of the industry's best drive mode technologies – including normal, sport, track and weather – to the car's Track Apps that tick off seconds and capture driving data. Advanced antilock braking, traction control and AdvanceTrac® stability control press that technology into every possible area of driver control and vehicle performance. Even the fully active stainless steel exhaust system with five-inch polished tips taps into the intelligent architecture of the 2020 Shelby GT500.

The most track-precise production Mustang ever

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
With supercar power and dual-clutch shifting, the road to ultimate track performance is paved with state-of-the-art chassis tuning, power-appropriate brakes, track-ready wheels and custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

Keeping all of Shelby GT500's power in check are its massive brakes. The largest front brakes ever on a Mustang and the largest on any domestic sports coupe, these two-piece SHW rotors, 16.53 inches in diameter, are paired with stiffer six-piston fixed calipers by Brembo boasting a 147.5-square-inch swept area – a 20 percent increase over the Shelby GT350 brakes. Vented 1.73-inch-thick cast iron rotors on floating-pin aluminum hubs provide extended durability in extreme conditions and long-term performance, and can absorb 30 percent more thermal energy in the front corners.

At the rear, 14.56-inch two-piece vented SHW rotors increase swept area by 20 percent for the Brembo fixed calipers, and include a second electric park brake caliper.

Chassis refinements

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Several chassis refinements result in improved steering dynamics, reduced weight and added strength. New locating links at the front and rear, along with lighter high-strength steel springs and an electronic power steering unit are designed to improve steering feel and control. Shelby GT500's structural brace is made from lightweight AE44 magnesium alloy containing rare earth elements for maximum stiffness under extreme heat. The strut tower brace provides a mount for a gas shock for the hood – a Mustang first.
Adjustable front camber plates are available to allow Shelby GT500 owners to dial up more negative camber for better grip and high-speed cornering at the track. Custom-tuned bushings built into the camber plates reduce harshness and noise typical of aftermarket plates for more comfortable use on the street (included with Handling Package and Carbon Fiber Track Package).

MagneRide shock absorbers

With dynamic ride control calibrated by Ford Performance, this MagneRide system was developed through hundreds of hours of track testing for millisecond-fast damping control to optimize traction and predictability for drivers. This active system adapts to four distinct drive mode algorithms – normal, sport, track and drag – based on vehicle speed, driver input and suspension travel to fully complement the power delivered by a 700-plus-horsepower engine with advanced performance braking setup.

Stronger, lighter high-performance wheels

Shelby GT500's standard 20x11-inch front and rear aluminum alloy wheels are flow-formed and forged for added strength and reduced weight. The wheels are wider than those used on the Shelby GT350 to take advantage of the revised contact patch on the custom Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. For hardcore enthusiasts, all-new staggered 20x11-inch front and 20x11.5-inch rear wheels are available for reduced unsprung weight and improved noise, vibration and harshness performance. The carbon fiber is visible through clear epoxy coating that protects the wheels from ÚV light. It is width-matched to the new sidewall and contact patch on the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (included with Carbon Fiber Track Package).

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires

Ford Performance-spec tires from Michelin, offered in two levels of performance, feature all-new tread designs and compounds specific to Shelby GT500. The 295-305/30ZR20 Pilot Sport 4S tires are offered on the base Shelby GT500 with all-new 305-315/30ZR20 Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires offered on the Carbon Fiber Track Package. Únique Ford Performance-spec markings on the sides denote the custom tire configurations.

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