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Old 02-06-2006, 01:26 PM   #1
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DETROIT, February 1, 2006 - After 40 years, racing legend Carroll Shelby and the Ford Mustang are back together with the introduction of the most powerful Mustang ever built, the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500.
A modern interpretation of the Shelby Mustang of the 1960s, the Ford Shelby GT500 features a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 that generates 475 horsepower.



True to the original GT500, it will be available both as a coupe and as a convertible when it goes on sale in the summer of 2006.

"When Carroll was developing the original GT350 and GT500, he wanted to build the most powerful, most capable Mustangs of his day," says Hau Thai-Tang, director, Advanced Product Creation and Special Vehicle Team (SVT). "Our goal was to build the most powerful, most capable Mustang ever."




Serving as touchstone and inspirational leader for both the concept and the production versions, Shelby was impressed by what the team has accomplished.

"It's one thing to put 450 horsepower in an exotic supercar," says Shelby. "It's another to put that much power in something as affordable as a Mustang. The fact that they not only met their goal but pushed on to 475 horsepower is a remarkable achievement."

As expected of anything with Shelby's name on it, the heart of the car is what's under the hood. The Ford Shelby GT500's supercharged 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 evolves from Ford's experience with tuning its modular, or MOD, engines. Output is a brawny 475 horsepower.

The engine is force-fed an air-and-fuel mixture via a "Roots-type" supercharger providing 8.5 pounds per square inch of boost. The GT500 uses a cast-iron engine block. It borrows from the Ford GT program aluminum, four-valve cylinder heads, piston rings and bearings, adding a high level of performance durability to the drivetrain. Helping put the power to the pavement is a 6-speed manual gearbox.

SVT engineers retuned and upgraded key chassis components. Improvements such as revised shocks, spring rates and upgraded stabilizer bars help the Ford Shelby GT500 stop and turn with the same authority as it goes.

The Ford Shelby GT500 features a MacPherson strut independent front suspension with Reverse L lower control arms, and a solid-axle, three-link rear suspension with coil springs and a Panhard rod for precise control of the rear axle. This rear suspension design has been validated on the track by Ford Racing.

To match this power and handling ability, engineers fitted some of the biggest brakes in the business to the Ford Shelby GT500. Four-piston Brembo calipers are fitted to 14-inch Brembo vented rotors up front, and 11.8-inch vented discs in the rear continue SVT's legacy of great-braking Mustangs. Secure footing is provided by 255/45ZR high-performance tires in front and 285/40ZR high-performance tires in back. Wheels are 18 inches by 9.5 inches.

Matching the GT500's performance under the hood is its striking exterior design. A sinister-looking front-end design includes wide upper and lower fascia openings with a functional air splitter. The upper intake sports the famous Cobra logo floating off-center in place of a centered galloping pony found on other Mustangs. On either side, slanting headlamp openings add to the dramatic front appearance.


The bulging hood has heat extractors protruding near the leading edge, combining to provide improved airflow and aerodynamics. As air passes over the hood, hot air from the engine compartment is drawn out through ducts attached to the hood extractors.

"The restrained, performance-oriented SVT design theme has become instantly recognizable to enthusiasts without brash styling cues," says Doug Gaffka, design director, Ford SVT vehicles. "The GT500 takes a huge leap forward by combining the modern Mustang muscle car with the classic Shelby performance look."

The production Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe comes punctuated by the classic Le Mans-style white stripes that race along the top from nose to tail. The stripes recall the Shelby Mustangs that marked another important 1960s Mustang transition when Ford put it on the track to becoming a racing legend. The GT500 nomenclature is prominent in the lower bodyside racing stripe, another cue from the classic Shelby Mustangs.

In a touch also borrowed from the GT500's past, no Le Mans stripes will be seen on the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible. However, the convertible will sport a cloth top similar to those fond on pricier convertibles.

The unique rear fascia features lower strakes inspired by the Ford GT's integrated rear airflow diffuser, and a rear spoiler reminiscent of a classic GT500. To mark the collaboration of two Mustang performance icons, the GT500 features Shelby and SVT badging.

The fenders each feature an updated design of the Cobra. The front grille features an off-center snake in place of the standard running horse. "GT500" is emblazoned inside the side rocker stripes, and the name SHELBY is prominently written across the rear deck. The SVT logo can be seen on the wheel center caps, a signature SVT location, as well as on the doorsill plates. To top it off, the medallion between the taillights reads "Shelby GT500" centered on the Cobra image.




Inside, too, upgraded levels of flair and function abound. The locations of the speedometer and the tachometer are swapped to provide performance-oriented drivers with a better view of shift points while changing gears. Front seats have received additional lateral support to help keep the driver optimally positioned during cornering. The interior is offered in a choice of two colors, Charcoal Black or Charcoal Black and Crimson Red. The charcoal/red offering features Crimson Red seating surfaces and door panel inserts. Seating surfaces are leather with both interior treatments. Snake logos embossed in the seat backs finish the package.

The Shelby GT500 script and Cobra image are repeated on the steering wheel cap. Behind the wheel, the gauges wear lightfaces in keeping with SVT tradition. The chromed accessories inside the cabin have been replaced with a satin aluminum finish, including the aluminum shift lever knob that is nicely positioned for quick, positive shifts.

The Ford Shelby GT500 will be built at the Ford-Mazda joint venture, AutoAlliance International, in Flat Rock, Mich.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:29 PM   #2
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Nice. That's going to be quick!
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:35 PM   #3
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Very nice, altough I'd still like to see one of the new Mustangs with an IRS.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:48 PM   #4
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I agree IRS would be nice, does anyone have an exact MSRP?
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:52 PM   #5
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Daaaaaymn.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:58 PM   #6
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I agree IRS would be nice, does anyone have an exact MSRP?
I think they said it wouldn't be too far off from the old cobra pricing, which would put it in the 32-35k range.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:04 PM   #7
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Good looking car.

Shipping it with a live axle is like selling a $50 steak covered in ketchup.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:54 PM   #8
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lol, when asked about the Live Axle, and how it was a mistake to not go with IRS...


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That's bull. We proved a long time ago that for ordinary driving and going around a skidpad with a straight rear axle, you can do it as well as you can with an independent rear. It takes a lot of engineering, weight and cost to do an independent suspension. By not doing it, we took $5000 out of the car.
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:39 AM   #9
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Ahh.. it's a good thing that all the roads around me are composed of a series of smooth skidpads.

I never have understood why people take his word as gospel. He's known for putting big blocks in small cars.. a recipe that will make any small car fast. He's a hotrodder known for making and driving racecars.. he's not an engineer. His rediculous comments regarding the relationship between HP and Torque have been cited many times over.. often very erroneously. Asking Carroll Shelby to give you IRS is like asking Jesse James to build you an Audi.
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Old 02-07-2006, 10:21 AM   #10
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Asking Carroll Shelby to give you IRS is like asking Jesse James to build you an Audi.
I bet he'd do an Audi Brat and Kraut stand on Monster Garage.
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #11
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Looks pretty cool and should be a blast to drive in a straight line.
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:05 PM   #12
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well, the proponents of this solid axle will throw the GT race series in your face claiming the competitiveness of the solid axle in racing conditions.

My big problem is the price is rumored to be $39,999, but then there's markups for as far as one can see into the future, supposedly.
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255/45ZR high-performance tires in front and 285/40ZR high-performance tires in back. Wheels are 18 inches by 9.5 inches.
***??? Same width wheels for two different size tires? No wonder the rears didn't have that deep dish look... that sucks.
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Is there any word on the estimated 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration times?
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You know, the folks that talk about the car's success in GT have a point about the rear end.

I'd drive it. It's like a Vette with a backseat.
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It's like a Vette with a backseat.
...a backseat for either children or war veterans who don't have legs... think Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump. Don't count on sitting comfortably in the backseat if the driver or front passenger is taller than 5'6", unless you're drunk and oblivious to discomfort.
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This car just keeps getting better and better. Believe me, at that power level, you don't want an IRS. Yeah it might handle a little better, but the costs of upgrading/fixing it are insane. Plus there is the ever-noticeable wheel hop that can easily snap a halfshaft. Ford has said all along that this car will be sub $40,000 and that still looks to be true. But dealership markup can be a bitch. I've heard some horror stories of deposits being taken to pay for the amount OVER MSRP.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:37 PM   #18
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The GT500 was recently certified at 500 SAE hp and 480 lb ft of torque, goes on sale this summer.

9 psi, 4 valve heads
ttp://media.ford.com/newsroom/releas...?release=23327

curb weight is approx 3920 lbs coupe 4040 convertible
57/43 weight distribution coupe, 56/44 convertible

looks like they went from 8.5 psi to 9 for the jump from 475 to 500.

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Old 05-02-2006, 01:39 PM   #19
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so how much does it weigh?
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:23 PM   #20
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From what I've read in various magazines, I hear that Ford will keep it "under 40K" and it supposed to hit 60 in about 4.5 secs.

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3900 pounds!
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:45 PM   #22
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I can't see this going for under $40K.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:57 PM   #23
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yeah ebay has them going for about $20K over msrp.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:03 PM   #24
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gonna be pretty serious on the street
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500hp for $40k, wow.

That thing is going to be a beast on the highway...with the right tires, i'm guessing 123mph traps out of the box..
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