New Shelby GT500 Marks Anniversary of Ford SVT
FEB
08

It sounds like the name of one of those new shows coming to a major TV network in the fall: Special Vehicle Team. Only this team doesn’t play one on TV – it’s a real, live unit at Ford, responsible for engineering high-performance supercars since 1993! And how do you fest such a division’s 20th anniversary? With yet another performance car, of course: the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible.

SVT met the public at the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning, so it’s fitting that the new GT500 will be front and center at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, which opens February 10.

About that new GT500: It’s fast, but then you probably saw that coming. When equipped with the optional Performance Package, it is quicker at the track than the outgoing model, to the tune of 3.5 seconds off its lap time at Sebring International Raceway. Way to go, new 650-horsepower/600 lb.-ft. of torque 5.8-liter supercharged V8! Want to wax nostalgic? The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra had a 235-horsepower V8. Remember when that was whopping?

That impressive track run was also due to SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers available on the Performance Package and all-new chassis tuning. The upgraded dampers allowed SVT engineers to tune the convertible more aggressively for the track, while still being able to maintain desirable on-road manners. There’s also a new Brembo brake system coupled with new six-piston calipers in front, along with larger front and rear rotors and more aggressive brake pads. Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. The Performance Package can be taken up a notch with the Track Package, complete with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability.

But the car wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the big 2-0: There’s a commemorative lighted sill plate.

You click here to watch  a video interview with Jamal Hameedi, SVT Chief Engineer, about the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. And come back to Ford Social on February 9, 2012, to join a live chat with Jamal and Jim Owens, Shelby Marketing Manager.

Since its launch in 1993, SVT has produced more than 210,000 vehicles and upward of seven different SVT vehicles, such as the F-150 SVT Raptor, SVT Focus, SVT Contour sports sedan and SVT Mustang Cobra R.

SVT has joined with Team RS in Europe to form the Performance Vehicles Group to devise a strategy for all future global performance Ford cars. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept also signals the next step in Ford’s global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global small car portfolio.

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51 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Jon B I purshased a 1999 Countour SVT for 5 thosdna and it gave a 2011 Camaro a run for its money at a fraction of the cost,I could still afford to fill the tank...SWEET!!
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Peter V I want to know from FORD when are we going to be able to start ordering this 2013 Shelby GT500?? I've built my car online, but no one is able to place the order, why? Why tease us and let us build it online but we can't atually order it?? Answers please!
2 year(s) ago via
Michael Sigouin I've owned 3 SVT vehicles in the past, the current SVT line is far too expensive nowadays to purchase another. i'll stick with my V6 Premium with the MCA package!
2 year(s) ago via
Mary So when will Ford put the option on their web site to build the 2013 Mustang?!
2 year(s) ago via
brody porter i wish svt would bring out the mustang cobra like they did in 2003/2004 aka the terminator
2 year(s) ago via
Tim Turner FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matthew Kerns Wow! 20 years of the Ford SVT! Way to go Ford!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adilson Bispo Dos Samtos ''esse ford é show ....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jason Lyte HAPPY ANNIVERSARY .....cant wait to get back in a mustang.......97 GT was my first car......ahh the memories!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kenneth Hughes Now that's an anniversery present :) 20 years all the way!!! Lets have meny more to come!
2 year(s) ago via
Fábio Oëttinger Congratulations!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dan Anderson If anybody wants to buy me one for my Birthday i would gladly accept it!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Hartman Is the 650hp model a base model?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dennis Laws Glad the rumors a few years ago that SVT was being discontinued wasnt true.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Greg Becker He'll yes!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Felipe Garcia 650 hp. a beast
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Omar Paredes Insted of wasting money on irs for expoditions ,they should put a IRS on mustangs and live axles on expos's ,because all that horsepower is nice ,but it dosent mean anything if it dosent get that power to the ground.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marcelo Fernando Gonzalez Gallego Cambio las luces delanteras
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Charlie Chacon awesome I hope they offer a mystichrome like the other cobras!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dominic Asberry Change the 2013 to Shelby 650!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Christy Tucker I WANT!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Levi Magneson Well i guess fords just forgeting svo and the mustangs built then, i guess they just forgot. Svt plz empress me try a little suspension work fast isn't just about hp numbers reference SVO mustangs for that!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Colleen Hood
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Roger Johnson awsome car love the color , send me one please
2 year(s) ago via
Branden Strot does it have 500 hp yet? how about suspension to go with that HP?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Salvador Castro Jr I have a customer already for our first one :) as well as our only 1 2013 Boss 303 Laguna Seca we will be getting #SVT Specialist FTW!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rick Seconds I want one in gold with black wheels!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Becker Could call it 8 The SRT! :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Becker Now how about that powerplant dropped into a explorer with selectable awd and a 6-speed to do some SRT-8 jeep stomping?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Clare H. Kaleleiki I'm
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Culver im ordering mine asap!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jessica Bishop i love mustangs, the shelby GT500 and especially the Special Vehicle Team...rock on
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ricky Herman Got a Shelby Cobra GT500, last summer instead of the Camaro that I was lusting over. awesome car , glad i chose the Cobra. Loving every minute of it.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rezi Nebo I would cut my pinky off to drive this beast
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Craig C. Morgan As my daughter and son-in-law work at the Ford plant where these are produced and I have a birthday coming up next month.......Any color will do....I would look so good sporting around in one....Thanks.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andreas Lehmann I like I like Ford Focus 2009
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Conrad FORD RULES
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda Owensboro KY We can't wait for this Shelby GT500 to arrive! Should have called it the Shelby GT650 though
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Lindsey gm is nothing but junk anyway , the new camaro looks like a dodge anyway they have no new ideas, nothing but junk
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lucas Arcure un maquinon..!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lionel Velarde PEPA VALEEEEEE..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Tarlton Now let's beat the ZL1 in price even with the Performance packs and put the nail in the Camaro's coffin!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Upinsmoke Salsbury sweet
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mario Vivas Me re - gusta !!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Roberto Alcides Muro TREMENDO FIERRO.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bob Stockstill Dropping the Ranger is a Bad Move... :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tiffany Pearson SEXY!!! I WANT ONE!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Wright justwright
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Jackie Kalifut Ideson Yeah baby!!!
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Mitja Frank nice!
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Dawid Niezgoda Yeah!!! :)
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