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The most powerful
factory-built Ford Mustang in history will take to the street next
year, following a unique collaboration between performance car legend
Carroll Shelby and the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT).
Ford took the wraps
off the 450-plus horsepower Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 show car at
the New Year International Auto Show March 23. Designed in the unmistakable
image of Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s, the Shelby Cobra GT500 melds
SVT's modern engineering with the big-block performance that made
the original GT500 the king of the road.
2005 Ford Mustang is one of the hottest cars in many years,"
says Phil Martens, Ford group vice president, Product Creation.
"Its chassis was engineered from the beginning to be the basis
of a high-performance, world-class sports car from SVT, and the
Shelby Cobra GT500 is it."
Carroll Shelby lends
his support to SVT, adapting his earlier role as a senior advisor
on the "Dream Team" that was assembled to develop and
build the 2005 Ford GT.
with the SVT guys for several years now, and I know they have the
guts, the talent and the passion to deliver the best performance
Mustangs ever," says Shelby.
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A production version
of the GT500 will go on sale in 2006, continuing the high-performance
lineage of the SVT Mustang Cobra model line. It will be followed
by a steady stream of performance products developed by SVT, possibly
including a version of the production-intent Sport Trac Adrenalin,
the industry's first performance sport-utility truck.
"SVT led the modern-day factory performance trend with the
Mustang Cobra and the industry's first high-performance truck, the
F-150 Lightning," says Hau Thai-Tang, director, Ford Advanced
Product Creation and SVT. "Today, we're building on that pioneering
vision with vehicles like the Ford GT, Shelby Cobra GT500 and Sport
Trac Adrenalin – great performance machines that connect with
enthusiasts in a way no other companies or vehicles can match."
The production GT500
will be the first in a string of specialty Mustangs that SVT will
help deliver. This will create Ford Motor Company's – and
one of the industry's – broadest product portfolio, stretching
from under $20,000 for the V-6 Mustang coupe to the 450-plus-horsepower
GT500, each offering performance and value.
The GT500 and the production-intent
Sport Trac Adrenalin teaser accelerate the wave of momentum at SVT
since the launch of the 2005 Ford GT supercar. SVT also now will develop
non-SVT branded Ford Division performance vehicles – including
heritage-based performance Mustangs in the spirit of the 2001 Bullitt
GT and 2003 Mach 1 – as it becomes more directly integrated
into Ford's mainstream product development process.
| Shelby Cobra GT500's supercharged 5.4-liter
DOHC V-8 produces over 450 hp
Just as the original Shelby GT500 was the "step up" to big-block
power from the GT350, the new Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 steps up to
Ford's 5.4-liter "MOD" V-8. The result?
The GT500 is the most powerful factory Mustang ever. Its supercharged
5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 evolves from SVT's experience with supercharging
the "MOD" engine to deliver more than 450 horsepower and
450 foot-pounds of torque.
The cast-iron-block, four-valve engine is force-fed an air-and-fuel
mixture via a screw-type supercharger at 8.5 pounds per square inch
of boost. Aluminum cylinder heads, piston rings and bearings sourced
from the Ford GT program bring a high level of proven durability to
the drivetrain, while upgraded cooling components promise longevity.
"Powered by SVT" camshaft covers are the finishing touch
to the engine.
"This version of the 5.4-liter V-8 has a
higher horsepower rating than any other factory Mustang in history,"
says Jay O'Connell, SVT chief vehicle engineer. "It really
delivers on the essence of two great names in Ford performance –
a mix of SVT's modern-day experience with supercharging and the
Shelby GT500's heritage of big-block power."
The engine has been further tuned from
its first application in a Mustang, the 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R,
a limited edition model of 300 units.
Helping to put the power of
the GT500's supercharged V-8 to the pavement is a T-56 six-speed
manual gearbox. The evenly spaced gears mean less stirring is needed
to find the "sweet spot" in keeping the revs "on
cam" for power to pass, while at the same time making the most
of the engine's broad torque curve. The heavy-duty transmission
has proven itself a willing companion to V-8 power in Mustangs in
both road and track environments, including the 2000 SVT Mustang
Cobra R, 2004 SVT Mustang Cobra and the new race-winning Ford Racing
Great power requires great
The great Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s were anything but one-trick
ponies. They earned their stripes on twisty roads and race tracks
across America and Europe. The Shelby Cobra GT500 show car continues
that legacy of all-around performance.
The GT500 starts with the solid 2005 Mustang
underpinnings. The all-new Mustang's platform was designed from
the beginning with performance derivatives in mind, providing an
exceptionally rigid, well-engineered starting point for SVT chassis
experience gained during more than 12 years of building great-handling
SVT Mustang Cobras, SVT engineers retune and upgrade key chassis
components. Improvements such as revised shocks, spring rates and
upgraded stabilizer bars help the GT500 stop and turn with the same
authority as it goes.
This rear suspension design has been validated on the track by Ford
Racing. The race-prepared Ford Racing Mustang FR500C was purpose-built
from the base 2005 Mustang body structure and suspension geometry
to run in the Grand-Am Cup series, a class of road racing for production-based
cars. Competing against the best from Germany and Japan, a Mustang
FR500C competed in and won its first ever race in the season-opener
at Daytona International Speedway in February 2005.
The 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.
"SVT and Ford Racing will be working
closer than ever as we go forward on future projects, especially
Mustangs," says Thai-Tang, a Ford Racing alumnus who served
as the race engineer for the Newman-Haas Racing team in 1993. "The
Mustang FR500C racing program is an exact demonstration of the capability
we engineered into the mainstream Mustang to be capable of. Now,
we have both a Daytona victory and the return of the Shelby Cobra
GT500 to showcase Mustang performance possibilities."
To match this power and handling ability,
SVT fitted some of the biggest brakes in the business to the GT500.
Fourteen-inch cross-drilled Brembo rotors up front and 13-inch discs
in the rear continue SVT's legacy of great-braking Mustangs. Secure
footing is provided by 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance
The snake is
back – Legendary looks with SVT function
The Shelby Cobra GT500 combines the dramatic design genes of the
all-new Mustang with Carroll Shelby's legendary performance image
to create an SVT Mustang that broadens the power brand's design
approach and appeal
"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 to expand SVT's reach to a much bigger audience."
The 2005 Mustang design team drew inspiration
from classic Shelby Mustangs, the models that transformed the mild-mannered
pony car into a muscle car with attitude. Envisioning an SVT model,
the team tested GT500 design cues on the Mustang GT coupe concept
that was unveiled at the 2003 North American International Auto
Show. In 2004, designers further developed the GT500 look on the
Mustang GT-R, a race-bred concept with the dual purpose of foreshadowing
SVT's Mustang design direction and Ford Racing's plans to return
Mustang to road racing.
The GT500 now comes into
full light, punctuated by the classic LeMans-style white stripes
that race along the top of the show car's "SVT Red" paint
from nose to tail. The stripes recall the Shelby Mustangs that marked
another important 1960's 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.
"The new Mustang has classic design
cues from some of the best-looking Mustangs of all-time, including
the Shelbys," says Keith Rogman, Mustang senior designer. "The
design of the GT500 has been at the forefront of our minds since
the outset of the entire Mustang program."
The Shelby design elements alone are
enough to tell the GT500 story but are not the only visual cues
that set this Mustang apart. The reworked front fascia features
a functional air splitter and the unique hood has heat-extraction
ducts, combining to provide improved airflow and aerodynamics. Revised
headlamp insets offer a more aggressive look and result in symmetrical
upper and lower grilles with large air openings, creating a visual
connection to vintage Shelby Mustangs.
|The unique rear fascia features
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
|Continuing the snake logo
tradition of past-generation SVT Mustang Cobras, as well as late-model
Shelby Mustangs, the fenders each feature an updated design of the
Cobra. For the first time on any SVT Mustang, 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 featured 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 if off, the "gas cap" medallion
between the taillights reads "Shelby GT500" centered on
the Cobra image.
|The interior is completely
wrapped in ebony black leather, including the top of the dash, door
panels and center arm rest. Also wrapped in ebony leather are the
shift lever, shift boot and parking-brake handle. SVT Red leather
seat and door panel inserts provide a marked contrast to the rest
of the leather-trimmed cabin, surrounding the performance enthusiast
with luxury and comfort. Snake logos embroidered into the seat backs
finish the package.
|"We've taken leather
design trends to a new level by using it on almost every exposed surface
in the GT500," says Rogman. "Leather has long been a performance
fashion accessory for enthusiasts, from jackets to racing gloves,
so it perfectly matches all the other driving oriented cues."
|The Shelby GT500 script
and Cobra image are repeated on the steering wheel cap. Behind the
wheel are titanium-faced gauges swapped in location so that the tachometer
is dominant visually for the driver. The chrome 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 of the six-speed transmission.
|SVT and Shelby:
The Legends Grow
With the look and legend one would expect from Carroll Shelby and
the kind of power and performance enthusiasts have come to expect
from SVT, the GT500 show car points to a brand new era in Ford Motor
Company's performance future.
|"Carroll Shelby is
truly a living automotive legend, a Ford performance legend,"
says Martens. "It's a dream come true to be able to put the Shelby
name on a Mustang again."
|Carroll Shelby first put
his name on a Mustang back in 1964 when he was asked to inject some
high performance into the brand-new pony car. The result was the GT350R,
a lightweight, handling-focused race car that earned the Mustang its
first performance credentials. Subsequent Shelby Mustangs included
a street version of the race car, the GT350, and what was known as
the "rent-a-racer" Mustang, the GT350H, a joint project
with the Hertz rental car corporation.
|The ultimate Shelby Mustang
of the era was the GT500KR, or "King of the Road." Powered
by a big block 428-cubic inch "Cobra Jet" V-8, the GT500KR
was one of the most powerful, and memorable, muscle cars of that period.
Shelby Mustang production ceased in 1970 with a total volume of 14,559
|The Ford Special Vehicle
Team brought performance back to Mustang in 1993. After 12 years and
with nearly 80,000 high-performance Mustangs on the streets, and a
total SVT vehicle production nearing 145,000 vehicles, SVT is primed
for growth with the GT500 serving as the foundation for other performance
By bringing together Carroll Shelby and Ford
SVT, the company's commitment to performance becomes as powerful
as at any time in its history - including the famed "Total
Performance" days of the 1960s. From the Ford GT supercar,
the GT500, to a rejuvenated Ford Racing Performance Parts program
- performance and racing adds luster to its proud brand heritage.
"SVT has been and will remain the leader
in performance vehicle engineering and marketing," says Martens.
"SVT remains unique in offering the total performance experience.
The return of Carroll Shelby to our performance family only strengthens