Ford Shelby GT500 Details Direct from the Chief Engineer

Fans of ultra-performance cars are rejoicing at the news announced at the 2011 LA Auto Show. The ultimate Ford Mustang – Shelby GT500 – raises the bar high on performance with the introduction of the new 2013 model delivering 650 horsepower and a top speed of more than 200 mph. Jamal Hameedi, SVT Chief Engineer, gave us more details on the car during a video interview, seen above.

The 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. The 3,850-pound car also stays exempt from the gas-guzzler tax.

A larger, more-efficient supercharger flowing more air through the engine is key to helping produce the massive 650 horsepower. The new TVS series 2300 creates 2.3 liters of displacement and is a unique design to the 5.8-liter engine.

The entire cooling system has been significantly updated on the new 5.8-liter engine. It now includes a larger cooling fan, fan shroud with high-speed pressure-relief doors, a more efficient charge air cooler, a higher-flow intercooler pump and an intercooler heat exchanger with volume increased 36 percent.

Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.

A key piece of the driveline, the six-speed manual transmission, offers upgraded gears, bearings and housing so it can properly manage the torque. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for optimized overall vehicle gearing to complement the massive torque. Every gear besides fourth was optimized for competing performance metrics. The clutch has increased torque and rpm capacity and uses a dual-disc design.

Other keys for improved traction management include:

  • Torsen limited-slip differential: When customers order the optional Performance Package, they will get a Torsen limited-slip differential that helps the rear suspension deliver maximum torque and traction better and longer under track conditions
  • Launch control: A new launch control system lets drivers set the desired launch rpm depending on tire temperature, street surface or other conditions. Unique to SVT’s launch control is that it is integrated with both the engine control and traction control
  • Brembo braking system: A new Brembo brake system offers drivers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, both on the road and the track. New six-piston calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors help improve brake fade. New brake pads that are more aggressive also help the car achieve high deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence

Significant aerodynamic work was done on the new Shelby GT500 to ensure the car has proper downforce for optimum performance at all speeds. Engineers were able to determine how to harness the air that was moving around and through the car to improve the cooling system, maximize downforce and minimize drag.

The front fascia and splitters were modified to handle the extreme loads at 200 mph, resulting in a car that tracks more securely and feels more planted to the road at higher speeds. It offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model.

Enthusiasts can upgrade their Performance Package with an additional Track Package for all-out performance. The option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability. The coolers play an essential role in preventing crucial components from overheating under high-speed conditions.

Visit ford.com to learn more about the Shelby GT500 and all of the 2013 Ford Mustang models.

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44 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
can't wait for the super snake version to come out!
2 year(s) ago via
Jack Goebel I love the new upgrades to the car and only wished I had waited to get one. My 2012 is a great GT500 and I'm not sorry about it at all. It took me a long time to find what I wanted, which was Navigation along with the track pack, etc. and all black, love it. Jack
2 year(s) ago via
James Stell I have owned 3 mustangs and loved them all . Looking forward to my next one
2 year(s) ago via
The King of the Road. Mustang Gt. As Carl Toppins commented, I need one. I also badly need a Carroll Shelby Cobra with a cue ball shifter. (loud sigh)
2 year(s) ago via
love the car,but chrome wheels are a must wtih this car,and i hope you are still offering,the h d radio with the car,the best radio out there.
2 year(s) ago via
ahhhhh this is the best overall improved mustang design since I bought my 2011 Mustang GT convertible! I love my 2011, but would consider adding the GT 500 to my bucket list!
2 year(s) ago via
Carl Toppins Just checked my needs list. This is on there so I guess I need one. I'm ready to order! Who "needs" a slightly used 2008 GT500??
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Johnny Cass I own 3 fords (2 Mustangs), i am going back to work so I can get the 2013 GT 500
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Barton I'd love to take one to the Texas Mile and see what speed it would run in 1-Mile!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Weigle still looking for 800 + hp and a 0 - 60 time of 2.0 or 1.7 secs AND to be thrown back in the seat close but not quite there...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jon Ellis very cool looking shelby gt 500 and i like the cool blue color. too bad we can't afford them because i am on disabilty. lol. hope those sales goes well.
2 year(s) ago via
Ben Arnold Let's see the price Ford. A 200 mph car isn't a cheap thing to make.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford Hi Rachid, If you currently are having an issue with a Ford vehicle, contact the Customer Relationship Centre for Algeria at: +213 21 510 156. They’ll be able to assist further. Hey guys - Don’t forget to grab your Ford badge too! Show your passion for Ford at: www.Social.Ford.com! Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
William Kohn So for 2015. Lets see. 6.2L direct injection supercharger and 700HP. Wonder if they can start now on an aluminum block for the 6.2 with 4 valve heads and then get it to fit into the Mustang?
2 year(s) ago via
Jann Adriel Z. Cervo Is this a dream, or another wild pony will come out next year this is crazy. I mean 650HP and 600lbs-ft of torques.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Hay That's one sweet motor
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kirk Crochiere I need an adult, so awesome. Keep it up Ford!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
amazing news keep going , and for zl1 close production of camaro brand..
2 year(s) ago via
Jose Jesus Quijada Silvas there's only one power,, and it is FORD POWER>>>>>
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
6-5-0 hp......!!!!!!!! WOW! (Jaw drops to floor).....I think my head just exploded.
2 year(s) ago via
William Griffith I now know where my down payment is going. Hopefully they will have a grabber color other than blue
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kevin Lewis I wish I knew there was such a job of 'SVT Chief Engineer' for cool cars BEFORE I went to university...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
That car is sweet! By contrast, Camaro is overweight and underpowered. We're getting into supercar territory here, and with a Mustang? Who'da thunk it?
2 year(s) ago via
I am so glad that FORD finally took off that HORRIBLE looking plastic on the sides underneath the doors and off the back bumper. It made the car look like it was in the $14,000 price range. I was glad my 07 had paint all the way around. Looks like I will be getting one of those 2013 models too. The sales guy thought I was joking when I said that, I wouldn't buy one unless they took that cheap plastic off. He must have told the guys at the corporate office :)
2 year(s) ago via
Chris Merkel Buy a Jag....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Sanders If you guys absolutely must keep painting these cars in retro colors, how about bring back British Racing Green?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Merkel That car will be mine. Just reverse the colours and its purrrrrfect
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ziggy Menartowicz any 1/4 mile times yet? 0-60?...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Konrad Wilusz I hope it will be something more than just muscle car, it will be a supersport car, able to compete with... corvette zr1? Quite same top speed and power, what about the price? All I know I want one :D
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marco Venter Omw 650 horsepower from the GT500? That's incredible. I want one
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Randy Spencer I have 1967-68-86-4+4-ALL SHORT WB-PICKUPS. 68=B>B. 86=302. 67=NO ENG.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joey McClary Bring it to Phoenix! Our auto show sucks! It's like going to a dealership, but you have to pay to get in.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Blake Hall Game on Chevy Boys! Top this with your government bailout dollars! Ford is better quality, better priced, longer lasting and in this case FASTER!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Maggie Garling Haha way to stick it to Chevy Camaro zl1! Its not even out and it's out of date!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ben Swimmer amazing
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marc Brancheau Does it come with an extra pair of shorts in the glove box? Man o man that will be one heck of a ride.
2 year(s) ago via
Nicholas Burgess I think drivers found their new getaway car
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rachid Bayu thanks service ford
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Donald James LaRock I always thought ford was a little behind in the power category, but i still love em. The 5.0 and this shows that ford can beat the bigs boys! (and become the NEW big boy!) thank you ford for the awesome power increases!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Glen Henry I want one
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Susan Bellwood I'd be afraid to drive that beauty!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sal Sarwar wow 650 hp!! thats almost crazy! :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dalton Moss That motor would look good in my 06 stang,nice job ford
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lora Anderson I so WANT this car!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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