Ford says 200mph was the 2013 Shelby GT500 goal

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As if the news of the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 receiving 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque wasn’t awesome enough, we also found the new Shelby snake was to be capable of 200mph.  When we read the details of this 200mph GT500 feat back in November, we were (for the lack of a better term here) floored.  C’mon, 200mph (stable) from a Mustang?  Crazy enough, it’s just what Ford had in mind the entire time.

Keep reading to get more on this fantastic accomplishment by Ford, Shelby and the SVT engineers & designers.

Back at the 2011 LA Auto Show, Jamal Hameedi (SVT chief nameplate engineer) informed the masses the team had original plans to meet and surpass their original high speed ceiling during testing over in Italy.

“We told the guys to not bother coming back unless they had a two as the first digit…”  –Jamal Hameedi

In order to make the magic happen, the entire SVT team was tapped to make changes to the 2012 Shelby GT500 gearing, body, and suspension to maintain integrity at speed.  What’s most notable is the dual front splitters stacked atop each other, streamlining the draft to make the top speed of 202mph possible.

So…we have the top speed figure for the 2013 GT500; now it’s only a matter of time until we hear/read/feel the official accelerations times & rates.  Keep your eyes peeled for the intel here when it’s known!

Source: MustangsDaily

Categories: Ford, 2013 Mustang

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