2013 Ford Shelby GT500 – 650 BHP & 200 MPH Out Of The Box

Go ahead, re-read the title as many times as you need to in order for it to sink in. Ford has just released a bomb, so let’s get right to the details.

An aluminium 5.8 litre supercharged V8 engine block will be the heart of the new car, and with 650 bhp and 600 lb ft, this makes it the most powerful production V8 engine in the world. The entire engine has been optimised to produce the most power possible, and the rest of the drive train has been revised as well. A new cross-drilled block and heads, updated cam shaft profiles, carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle all create power with the help of a new larger and more efficient supercharger that flows better. The new TVS series 2300 unit alone creates an additional 2.3 litres of displacement.

To help cope, the entire cooling system has been uprated and improved with a larger cooling fan, a fan shroud with high-speed pressure-relief doors, a more efficient charge air cooler, and a higher-flow intercooler pump. The intercooler heat exchanger volume alone has been increased 36 percent.

Ford’s engineers apparently considered more than 35 gear combinations until they found the right one that would keep the optimal amount of torque at the wheels while maintaining fuel efficiency. The six speed manual gearbox has uprated gears, bearings, and a stronger housing to handle the torque, while the clutch is a dual disc design and can handle more power. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for better overall gearing.

All this should help the car to reach its 200 mph top speed with no problems at all. And because it weighs 3,850 lbs, (270 lbs lighter than the Chevy Camaro ZL1) it is exempt from the gas guzzler tax. So how does it keep all of this madness on the ground at 200 mph?

A Torsen limited slip differential is available when customers choose the optional Performance package which helps the rear suspension deliver maximum torque and traction better and longer under harsh conditions. A new launch control system lets drivers set the desired launch rpm depending on tire temperature, road surface or other conditions. Plus, a new Brembo braking system with larger rotors, more aggressive brake pads, and 6 pistons up front help bring everything to a safe stop. All of the AdvanceTrac steering and suspension settings have been updated for the new car as well. The front fascia and splitters were designed to handle the extreme loads at 200 mph, allowing the car to track more securely and be planted to the road at high speeds. It also has 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model.

Owners can choose to spec their car with the optional Performance Package, and or Track Package. The former comes with SVT designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers that can be accessed at the touch of a button in the cabin. The latter package adds an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler, and transmission cooler.

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