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The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Looked Insane at Goodwood

Vaughn Gittin Jr. was Behind the Wheel

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever produced, and it had to be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was behind the wheel, and after a smokey start, he launched the GT500 up the tight course. 

The car comes with a 5.2-liter V8 that’s supercharged to a whopping 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. It can do a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and will do a quarter-mile run in just 11 seconds. The car is as powerful and quick as some supercars. It’s designed to put more expensive cars in their place, and it will look good while it does it. 

Ford has slapped a $73,995 price tag on the Mustang Shelby GT500. That means the car is a little more expensive than its biggest rival from Dodge, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye. It has less power, too, but its 0-60 and quarter-mile times are extremely similar despite the power deficit. 

Gittin Jr. appears to have no issues with the car as he sprints it up the course. The car hits triple digits at more than one point as it rockets along. It looks awesome in green, too. You can watch the full video below. 

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Ford GT Mk II

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford unveiled its latest beastly ride, the Ford GT Mk II. Don’t mistake the simplistic name — this thing is a formidable new model from the automaker that’s “as fast as any GT3 car.”

Remember when a racing version of a car was the fastest and best-performing one you could buy? Well, Ford is nostalgic for that time, too. Nowadays, thanks to the hypercar revolution, not to mention current regulations in place, the meaning of a “supercar” is amorphous. In fact, some track-only sports and endurance racing cars can have less horsepower than the corresponding production model.

Essentially, that means the regular customer gets the ultimate car these days. That’s the case with the Ford GT Mk II. Ford disregarded regulation entirely and went to town on the GT. The automaker has built a track-ready ride that’s the ultimate incarnation of its Le Mans race car.

Underneath, you’ll find a turbocharged V6 engine that tops out to 700 horsepower. That’s up 43 from the street car’s 647 base, and 200 more than the race car. It also has a rear-wheel drive system coupled with a seven-speed transmission. With gear ratios for racing, no less.

Other notable additions include a rooftop air scoop that keeps the engine cool even at constant high revs. And a massive rear wing plus other aero bits that add 400% more downforce compared to the stock GT. Ford has yet to share more details on availability. Each example will cost no less than $1.2 million. If you want this, better act fast.

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Photos courtesy of Ford

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Price Annouced

Not a Bargain, but Competitive

We’ve reported on the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 before. The car is a force to be reckoned with, and it’s the most powerful street car Ford has ever produced with 760 hp from its supercharged V8 engine. The GT500 will be sold alongside the GT350, but until now, nobody knew how much more expensive it would be. Pricing just came out and things are looking pretty good. 

The Mustang Shelby GT500 will cost $73,995. That’s just the starting price, and that includes the gas guzzler tax that this car will have to endure. Obviously, from there, you can add all kinds of options to increase the price. According to Car and Driver, the price of an optioned out car climbs to around $95,000. That’s a lot of money for a Mustang, but then this is no ordinary Mustang. 

The closest competitors to the GT500 are the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which comes with a price of $64,695, or the Dodge Hellcat Redeye, which has a starting price of $73,440. With that in mind, it makes the Mustang the most expensive of the three. However, we’re sure Ford would argue it’s undoubtedly the best car. Whether or not that’s true will be easier to determine once the car gets out in the world. It should come out this fall. 

Ford Has a New Version of the GT It Will Show at Goodwood

A More Extreme Ford GT?

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed should be a fantastic event with some of the most impressive and amazing cars in the entire world. Now, there is another good reason to pay attention to the event. Ford recently teased a shot of a new version of its GT that will appear at Goodwood. The company released the images and the information that it would share “exciting Ford GT supercar news” on July 4 at 4:45 a.m. EDT.

Hermann Salenbauch from Ford Performance and Larry Holt from Multimatic will be the two people who will give the announcement. Right now, what those two men will be discussing is a bit up in the air. Ford did not let any more information slip out beyond the fact that it will be exciting news. 

The car in the teaser image is just more or less a dark outline. However, that dark outline does show a huge rear wing and what appears to be a roof scoop. There are a few possibilities. It could be a special one-off build, a new limited edition run of the car, or some kind of new racing variant. 

Ford already has plenty coming to Goodwood, including the new Focus ST, the Mustang Shelby GT500, the Ranger Raptor, and Ken Block’s vehicles and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s wild rides. We have a feeling, though, that the GT news will steal the show.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Makes 760 HP and 625 Lb-Ft of Torque

The Beast Is Here

Ford revealed its Mustang Shelby GT500 at the North American International Auto Show. When it did so, the company left out the power numbers for the car, leaving everyone to speculate as to how much the supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 would actually produce. Now the company has let those numbers and some other stats out. 

The GT500 will make 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horsepower than the Chevy Corvette ZR1, which is regarded as a crazy-powerful machine and has won many awards for being just that. While Dodge’s Demon still has more horsepower, the GT500 is a bit of a different animal and will be a track monster as well as a true staight-line speed machine.

Official performance times have not yet been released, but Ford promises 0-60 time of mid-three seconds and a sub-11-second quarter mile time, according to Road and Track. The car will also be a track monster due to aerodynamic developments and various technologies. How good the car is will be determined at a later date, but it’s safe to say this is the most extreme Mustang yet. 

As The Drive points out, this will be the first time since the 1960s that Ford has sold the Mustang GT350 and the GT 500 at the same time. For those who thought the 1960s were the peak of muscle car performance, you were wrong. Here’s the perfect example. 

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2005 Ford GT Merkury 4

Ford is currently playing coy about a proper GT successor. No surprise, then, that other tuners have taken it upon themselves to play around with the models that are available at hand. Which brings us to this wallop — a Ford GT Merkury 4. Developed in collaboration with Camilo Pardo, no less.

Infamous Ford GT tuner GT Guy worked with original GT designer Prado on this one, you read that right. The ride features a Mirrachrome abstract custom paint job. Topped off with a florescent orange center stripe and a satin black pinstripe. The car came with HRE center-bolt rims with 275/30ZR19 front Michelin tires and 345/30ZR20 ones on the rear.

As if the base’s 5.4-liter supercharged modular V8 engine wasn’t impressive enough, the folks threw in a second-generation Whipple supercharger and a GTG cold air intake kit. As a result, the engine’s output blazes toi a whopping 725 horsepower. At 19 pounds of boost on 91 octane fuel, that is.

In all, the Ford GT Merkury 4 is a breathtaking vintage homage. Especially since chief Pardo himself supervised the touches and finishes. Other upgrades include a GTG “Vintage” bumper delete kit, which relocates the exhaust between the tail lamp like an original Mark II. And a ceramic-coated Ford racing exhaust, a nice detail on top of an already-packed job. The HRE center lock rims, custom “Ford GT” billet fuel door, billet clamshell center, and side clamshell vents are cherries. You’ll find twin sill badges to commemorate the build.

Having won the “Best In Show” award at the 10th Annual Ford GT National Rally in Detroit, the Ford GT Merkury 4 is no doubt one of the most significant splurges you can treat yourself to this year.

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Photos courtesy of Hemmings

Ford Develops Self-Braking Shopping Cart

The future of shopping carts? Self-braking ones. Ford has been using its expertise in the automotive industry to create some highly amusing yet intriguing concepts, like a conveyor-belt bed a noise-canceling doghouse. What Wes Anderson film inspired the automaker remains unknown.

Its self-braking shopping cart is yet another strikingly curious creation. The device draws from Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist technology, designed to prevent any foibles while roaming around retail. If unruly kids ride the cart, use it as a skateboard, or it hightails across the parking lot, there’s a sensor that will detect objects in its trajectory. Then it grinds to a halt.

What inspired this idea? Children, apparently. Here’s what Ford says:

“Children love to copy adults — when they push a trolley, to their minds, it’s like they are behind the wheels of a car — with long, wide supermarket aisles as their racetrack.”

While Ford has a point, it’s also fair to say that adults can be just as reckless. Some just carelessly discard shopping carts after loading their items onto the car. Then the cart rolls away, where it could clash with an innocent driver on the highway.

Of course, this isn’t coming to mainstream shopping carts anytime, soon. Do you know how many shopping carts get stolen? A lot, actually. Imagine loading one with all this tech and it just ending up on the hands of thieves. No, thanks. At best, this is a concept, and it works quite well. It’s a fun prototype and glimpses at what Ford can offer beyond just cars.

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Photos courtesy of Ford

1973 Ford Mustang Trans-Am Coupe

This beaut is now up for auction, a 1973 Ford Mustang Trans-Am Coupe that’s reminiscent of Ford’s Pony era in 1965.

Now more commonly known as Trans-Am, Trans-American Sedan Championship cars was a racing series that served as the Sports Car club of America’s first attempt at a manufacturers’ championship formula for modified sedans and coupes. This series has ran on a bevy of different courses, including streets, airport circuits, modern road courses, and race tracks.

According to RM Sotheby’s, this particular unit up for auction is one of two body-in-white cars sent to Ford after Kar Kraft shut down, which ended Ford support for factory racing. Warren Tope, of Tope Racing, assembled the other unit’s chassis and swiftly pushed it to the track. Ed Hinchliff, of Hinchliff Racing, assembled the car you see above, using factory parts and Kar Kraft blueprints. He even sought the help of Lee Dykstra and Mitch Marci, two former Kar Kraft engineers.

It features a heavily modified 351 cubic-inch V8 engine from Rousch. And it includes proper documentation, too. Gawk at its storied racing history to get a sense of the places it’s been. Unfortunately, the ride needs a proper restoration, still. A little TLC might go a long way toward reviving this golden age racer back to its classic, sophisticated roots. You likely won’t bring back its original, fresh verve. But don’t fret. With a little tuning up, this might still be eligible for vintage racing events across the country. Hit the link below to find out more.

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Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Roush Unveils Its 2019 Stage 3 Ford Mustang With 710 HP

Can’t Wait for the GT500? Get the Roush

Tuner company Roush recently revealed its new 2019 Stage 3 Mustang and announced it will have the vehicle on display at the New York Auto Show. What’s special about the Stage 3 Mustang? It gets a Roush TVS R2650 supercharger. That brings the 5.0-liter V8 engine’s power up to 710 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque. This is the Mustang you always wanted, and if you can’t wait for the GT500, you should get it.

The car also gets a special Roush active exhaust system that allows the owner to choose from four different exhaust settings. One of those settings is a “Custom” setting that allows you to choose the exhaust note they want. Roush couldn’t let stop there, though, the vehicle also gets plenty of exterior styling updates to tell the world that this is no typical Mustang.

2019 Roush Stage 3 Mustang2019 Roush Stage 3 Mustang

There’s Roush badging on the front and rear of the car, a larger front splitter, special grille, new air intakes, different hood with special venting, side skirts, black wheels, rear lip spoiler, and new rear diffuser. While the car still looks like a Mustang, it’s like no other Mustang on the road.

The car will come with a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It costs $21,925 on top of whatever it costs you to get your hands on a 2019 Ford Mustang GT. Roush will have this on display at the New York Auto Show next to its new version of the Ford F-150, that should be equally impressive.

Watch a 14-Year-Old Kid Tear Around a Snow Covered Racetrack in a Ford GT

This Will Make You Nervous

If you’re looking for a video that will make you extremely anxious, then the one included below is it. In it, a 14-year-old kid takes a Ford GT for a joyride around a racetrack at the Monticello Motor Club. The video was put together by the motor club and is designed to promote the club’s Teen Race Camp, which teaches teens (ages 14 to 19) how to drive a car safely on a racetrack.

The video is an effective promotional tool. Few would feel comfortable putting a 14-year-old kid behind the wheel of a high-dollar supercar like the Ford GT. Even fewer would feel comfortable doing so when the track is completely covered with snow.

To be fair to the kid driving, he does an excellent job. He’s obviously learned car control well. Not many people his age— or honestly much, much older—could successfully pilot the car around the snow-covered track with as much style and control. We bet he had a great time while the Monticello Motor Club filmed the video.

In all likelihood, he’s the son or relative of the owner of the car. He honestly, looks a little nervous in the video, but then again, we’d be sweating, too, if we were in his place. Our hats come off to him, and to Monticello Motor Club. Any initiative to get more young people in cars learning proper driving skills is welcomed.

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Ford’s New Lane-Keeping Bed Bed Helps You Stay In Your Lane

The likelihood of a sleep-related disaster happening because you’re sharing a bed is always higher than that of having a good night’s sleep. Especially if you or your partner tends to hog most of the space like it’s no big deal.

Ford comes to the rescue. The carmaker knows that to keep the negative vibes at bay, one needs to have a good night’s rest. So, it created the Lane-Keeping Bed to prevent your bed-hogging partner from taking over your side of the bed.

Ford’s Lane-Keeping Aid vehicle technology, which monitors road markings to coax the driver back into the proper lane, served as the inspiration. The Lane-Keeping Bed has built-in pressure sensors to determine whether or not someone has crossed their side of the bed. If so, the bed pulls the violator back to their respective area using an integrated conveyor belt.

Still a prototype for now, the Lane-Keeping Bed is part of the Ford Interventions series. The program is all about using automotive technology to improve people’s everyday problems. It aims to integrate car technology into general pedestrian life. Who knew that tricks typically reserved for cars can remedy bedroom issues?

Ford will most likely not put up the Lane-Keeping Bed for sale anytime soon. Even still, it’s an interesting, if imperfect, concept. There’s a chance it might never make it to the production line, but it’s a pretty cool idea, still. Unfortunately, though, it also proves that it might take an international car company to solve our bed-hogging problems in the bedroom.

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1968 Ford Bronco By Velocity Restorations

What we have right here is a very thinly veiled declaration that Velocity Restorations has had it with these custom shops that think they can skimp on any meaningful under-the-hood revamps if they work in enough visual oomph.

Here at Men’s Gear, we write a lot about custom jobs, and while most of them look impressive, looks don’t power a car. Facelifts are insufficient, and what makes a modification a true whiz-bang are the touch-ups underneath.

That isn’t lost on Velocity Restorations, and proof of that is its latest 1968 Ford Bronco project. The decked-out ride boasts improvements in terms of both appearance and performance, giving the classic SUV the supercharge it deserves.

Thanks to the shop, this 1968 Ford Bronco now has the power of a 5.0-liter Coyote engine. That’s comes with a beastly 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. Velocity Restoration didn’t exactly share specific performance figures, but a standard Coyote tops up at 435 horsepower.

But it should perhaps come as no surprise that this ride possibly eclipses that and reaches north of 700. Especially with a brand-new exhaust system baked in. That and a six-speed 6R80 transmission, an Atlas Transfer Case, and a Velocity Exclusive Serpentine System.

It’s got sweet upgrades to match what’s under the hood, too. We’re talking a new sound system, LED lights, and tires made for off-roading adventures. Also included is a six-point roll cage plus sleek premium leather upholstery. That’s on top of a Dakota Digital gauge, a Pioneer digital head unit, a Vintage Air A/C system, and a Ididit tilt steering column.

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Photos courtesy of Velocity Restorations

Superformance Might Use the GT500’s Supercharged V8 in the Shelby GR-1

Superformance, Supercharged, Superfast

Superformance will build a production version of the Shelby GR-1 in the next few years. Until now, there were not many details about what type of engine the vehicle might get. That has changed. According to Robb Report, Superformance will consider a supercharged V8 engine for the GR-1 instead of the V10 engine that was in the original concept. Most likely it will be the 700-plus hp engine that’s in the upcoming GT500. 

“It sadly won’t be a V-10,” said Lance Stander CEO or Superformance. “Ford doesn’t have a V-10 apart from one they utilize in trucks, and we want the GR-1 to be a production car with a production engine—all coming from Ford.” When asked if the company would use the GT500’s engine, Stader said, “You’re thinking on the right track.”

That’s a pretty clear indication that it will either be the GT500’s engine directly or some variation of it. The Robb Report also talked with Stander about the possibility of using the Tremec dual-clutch transmission in the GT500. “[The Tremac] is a very exciting transmission, and we are in talks with them,” said Stander. “But at this point, we are also planning a six-speed manual.” 

That’s good news for enthusiasts. At this time, Ford only plans to build the GT500 with the DCT, but the company did note it would add a manual transmission at some point down the line if enough customers wanted one. Now, it seems customers may have an opportunity to get the powertrain they want in the even more exclusive Shelby GR-1. 

EV Not Out of the Question Either

With all this talk of the gasoline-powered car, the electric version that was rumored has fallen by the wayside. However, Stander says his company is still talking with Shelby American to make the EV GR-1 happen. Stander said Superformance and Shelby can’t ignore the move toward electric vehicles industry-wide. He also said you never know where EVs will be in two years time. 

2004 ford shelby GR-1

2004 ford shelby GR-1

Stander mentions two years because that’s about how long the company expects for the production version of the GR-1 to come to fruition. Right now the Low Car Volume Manufacturers Act, which is what enables the possibility of the GR-1 in the first place is tied up in the government shutdown. Once the shutdown is done, Superformance can proceed with actually building the car. When it does, let’s hope it has the V8-beating heart of the GT500 under it’s long and gorgeous hood. 

Could the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Get a Manual?

We Know You Want to Row Your Own Gears

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DTC) with paddle shifters instead of the manual transmission many enthusiasts wished it had. However, Carl Widdman, head engineer for Ford Performance and the Mustang, didn’t rule out a manual for Ford’s 700-plus hp Mustang. That means it could get a manual transmission.

Road and Track talked with Widdman at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit where the car made its debut. Widdman didn’t rule out the possibility of a manual transmission at some point. In fact, he seemed to hint that the muscle car could come with one at some point. 

The all-new Shelby GT500–the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance–delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.The all-new Shelby GT500–the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance–delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.
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When asked if the GT500 could get a manual transmission in later months, Widman said, “Right now, we’re DCT-only, [but] we get feedback, and we’re real tight with the Mustang crowd. We always listen to what our customers want, right?” 

That’s not a confirmation that the GT500 will get a manual transmission, but it’s certainly not a no. It would seem that Ford Performance is open to the idea. Why wouldn’t they be? If they’re going to miss out on sales because of the lack of a manual, then it only makes sense to put one in there.

Road and track also tried to find out if the Mustang GT350 or other versions of the Mustang would get the GT500’s slick new DCT from Tremec, and Widdman said no. That’s a shame because of the fact that the DTC in the GT500 shifts faster and can handle more torque than the current 10-speed automatic in the regular Mustang. 

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is Ford’s Most Powerful Street Car Ever

Hang on Tight

Ford is known for high-performance muscle cars, but now it has its most powerful muscle car of all time. The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. It comes with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that produces more than 700 hp. 

Its monster V8 engine is connected to a dual-clutch automatic transmission that puts all that power down to the rear wheels. That should translate to mid-three second 0-60 mph times and a quarter-mile drag strip time of under 11 seconds. 

The GT500 isn’t just a straight line hustler, though, Ford claims it possesses the best braking and cornering of any domestic sports coupe. Dodge and Chevy, Ford is looking right at you. 

The Shelby produced car has an exterior design focused on aerodynamics. It’s supposed to increase downforce and improve thermal management. 

Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, had this to say about the car, “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”

A Seriously Special Muscle Car

Ford hasn’t released specific engine power numbers or performance numbers for the car. All that will come at a later date. However, Ford did give insight into just how unique the model is. The powertrain is special to this car, and the aluminum alloy engine is built by hand. 

The engineering team inverted the 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with an air-to-liquid intercooler to help keep the center of gravity low. To channel power efficiently and effectively, Ford used a carbon fiber driveshaft. In conjunction with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that can shift in under 100 milliseconds, this helps put the power from the engine down to the wheels. 

The car also gets fully revised suspension geometry and a new electronic steering system. It gets MagneRide suspension to help manage everything. The massive 16.5-inch two-piece brake rotors (the largest of any domestic coupe) and Brembo brake calipers finish the car’s performance specs for the moment. 

From an aesthetic standpoint, the car looks downright angry. It’s the face of a true muscle car if I ever saw one. It’s here to gobble up Chevy Camaros and Dodge Hellcats with aplomb. It will arrive in the fall of 2019.

Superformance Will Build Production Version of Shelby GR-1 Concept

Dreams Do Come True

The 2004 Ford Shelby GR-1 concept car first made it into the public eye in 2004 at Pebble Beach as a clay model. In 2005 Ford had a full concept car version that it showed at the North American International Auto Show. Despite a lot of enthusiasm, there was no way it would ever become a production car. 

That has changed thanks to Superformance. The Californian company specializes in building complete, rolling chassis replica cars. Most of its cars were vehicles built in the 1960s. Recently, the company announced at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to the media it would start building the Shelby GR-1 concept car. 

Superformance teamed up with Shelby American. The companies will work together to build both gasoline and electric versions of the car. Details of the model are scarce, but Vince Laviolette, vice president of Shelby American did say the car will be “very fast,” according to Car and Driver. The CEO of Superformance, Lance Stander, said, “We’re shooting for a two-second Shelby.”

I assume that means two seconds to 60 mph. If that’s the case, all I have to say is that I want one. Superformance will build around 200 of the cars thanks to the 2015 Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act.

However, the company has to wait for the government to finalize the laws before it can start building or ever really deciding what powertrain to put in the car. With that said, you won’t need to worry about buying one of these for a couple of years. You should probably start saving your money. It will most likely be a pricey automobile.