2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Numbers Released
Some of you may recall (given that it wasn’t all that long ago) the cover story in the May issue of AD+P about the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
What we didn’t know then but what we just learned today is the performance of that 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 that is nestled under the hood (the engine is so large that in order to keep the center of gravity as low as possible the Ford powertrain engineers inverted the 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with an air-to-liquid intercooler in the valley of the V8).
The company has released the official horsepower and torque numbers, based on premium fuel per the SAE J1349 standard, and they are 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque.
Which makes this, according to Ford, “the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world.”
And let’s face it: a car that looks like this really needs something like that.
How carbon fiber is utilized is as different as the vehicles on which it is used. From full carbon tubs to partial panels to welded steel tube sandwich structures, the only limitation is imagination.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
While Ford has reset the stakes in the light-duty pickup market with the aluminum-intensive F-150, that’s not the whole story of what they’ve done to this new generation of America’s best-selling vehicle.