All-new Shelby GT500 hits drag gang, takes on older Mustangs
It features exposed carbon fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, a GT4 carbon rear spoiler and dashboard, adjustable strut mounts and Recaro leather front seats. The coupe also includes wicker dividers and a wheel lock kit, as well as a rear seat removal for extra weight loss.
It’s not an ideal set for the drag strip since the Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires make the GT500 a bit slower around 100mph, but all that carbon fiber makes it look really cool.
Seemingly driven by a young girl, the Shelby GT500 races against older Mustangs. It first lines up against a Fox body powered by a turbocharged LS, then it runs into a modified fourth-generation Stang. The GT500 rider is a bit slow to launch, possibly due to inexperience, but does solid 1/8 mile tracks.
Its best ET is 7.39 seconds to go with a trap speed of 101.52 mph (163.38 km / h). A quick quarter-mile conversion reveals a setting of 11.71 seconds at 125.88 mph (202.58 km / h), not far from the 11.3-second sprint that Ford advertised for the 2021 Shelby GT500. Unfortunately, due to strong winds, the Byron Dragway track management decided not to go a quarter mile that day.
While these races seem to be just for fun, it’s great to see an all-new GT500 pushed onto the drag lane. These cars shouldn’t spend their lives as garage queens. It’s also great to see new blood giving drag racing a chance.
As a reminder, the latest Shelby GT500 debuted for the 2020 model year with a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine developing 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft (847 Nm) of torque.