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2014 Shelby GT500

 

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• 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing
662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8
engine in the world


• 2014 Shelby GT500 is available in two new exterior colors, Oxford White and Ruby Red
Metallic


• Shelby GT500 sets a performance-driven design standard with downforce-generating
front grille, aggressive splitter, quad exhaust system and two forged-aluminum wheel
designs


• Optional Performance Package features SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable
dampers and a Torsen® limited-slip differential. The offering can be coupled with a Track
Package for all-out racetrack performance


“SVT keeps the Shelby GT500 on the cutting edge of technology and takes muscle car
performance to new heights,” said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer. “We encapsulated every
aspect of performance in this car – whether it’s 0-60, top speed, racetrack or quarter-mile times.
Beyond that, the daily driver also will find this car perfectly fits his or her needs.”


The 5.8-liter aluminum-block V8 engine produces 662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque,
making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. The 3,850-pound car also stays exempt
from the gas-guzzler tax.


Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the massive horsepower,
including the supercharger, cross-drilled block and heads, camshaft profiles, carbon fiber
driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.


A TVS series 2300 supercharger flowing air through the engine is key to helping produce the
GT500’s 662 horsepower. The 2.3-liter supercharger is a unique design to the 5.8-liter engine.
The entire cooling system is up to the task of dissipating the heat produced by the 5.8-liter engine.
It now includes a larger cooling fan, fan shroud with high-speed pressure-relief doors, a more
efficient charge air cooler, a higher-flow intercooler pump, and an intercooler heat exchanger with
volume increased 36 percent compared to earlier GT500 engines.


Gearing


The gearing on the 2014 Shelby GT500 has been optimized to manage the torque and use more
of the power in a way that makes it more driver-friendly. Engineers considered more than 35
gearing combinations, finally deciding on one that balances torque being transmitted all the way
through the wheels and grip to the ground.


A key piece of the driveline, the six-speed manual transmission, offers upgraded gears, bearings
and housing so it can properly manage the torque. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for optimized
overall vehicle gearing to complement the massive torque. The clutch has the torque and rpm
capacity to match the massive output of the engine, and uses a dual-disc design.


“It might just seem like we’re putting a bigger engine into the car. But it’s been a balanced
approach through and through,” said Kerry Baldori, Ford SVT global performance vehicles chief
engineer. “We’ve completely redone the car to be even more sophisticated in terms of handling
and control than earlier models.”

 


Other keys for improved traction management include:
• Torsen® limited-slip differential: When customers order the optional Performance
Package, they get a Torsen limited-slip differential that helps the rear suspension deliver
maximum torque and traction better and longer under track conditions
• Launch control: The launch control system lets drivers set the desired launch rpm
depending on tire temperature, street surface or other conditions. Unique to SVT’s launch
control is its integration with both the engine control and traction control
• Brembo braking system: A Brembo brake system offers drivers enhanced stopping power
to help keep their car under control, both on the road and the track. Six-piston calipers in
front along with larger front and rear rotors help improve resistance to brake fade. New
brake pads that are more aggressive also help the car achieve high deceleration and further
robustness for more driver confidence


Aero advancements


Significant aerodynamic work was done on the new Shelby GT500 to ensure the car has proper 
downforce for optimum performance at all speeds. Engineers were able to determine how to
harness the air that was moving around and through the car to improve the cooling system,
maximize downforce and minimize drag.


The front fascia and splitters were modified to handle the extreme loads at 200 mph, resulting in
a car that tracks more securely and feels more planted to the road at higher speeds. It offers 33
percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model.


Superior ride


Shelby GT500’s driving dynamics work in concert with all the content on the car. Handling, all
AdvanceTrac® settings and steering assist levels within selectable steering have been tuned to
account for the massive powertrain output. The unique traction control system and electronic
stability control settings help drivers achieve maximum performance on both street and track.
Both systems can be completely disabled in controlled track situations where maximum driver
skill is utilized, or fully engaged for maximum safety during normal driving or in less-than-ideal
traction conditions. Intermediate sport mode allows drivers to push their cars hard at the track
without completely disabling the safety systems, permitting more aggressive driving before the
traction control and electronic stability control intervene.


“We took a completely different approach with this car, so drivers can choose their settings
instead of a computer making the selection,” Hameedi said. “Nearly every system drivers
interact with can be tailored to their specific situation including the Bilstein electronic adjustable
suspension, launch control, AdvanceTrac and steering assist levels.”


The 2014 Shelby GT500 offers two sets of forged-aluminum wheels including a unique wheel
for cars with the optional packages. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are coupled with
Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires on all vehicle configurations.


Taking it a step further


Sometimes Ford Shelby GT500 customers want to enjoy their car on surface streets. Other times,
they just want to let loose on the track. Two optional packages give them the choice.
Available as part of the Performance Package, SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable
dampers are accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button. Normal mode gives customers
a more comfortable ride over road irregularities. Sport mode is all about performance, delivering
improved response time on the track, and less body roll while cornering and pitch under braking.
“The adjustable shocks let us develop our car on the track without any compromise,” said Baldori.
“Before, we had to tune the car with street implications in mind. Now we can go as extreme as we
want on the track setting and still offer the customer a comfortable ride on the road.”

 


Enthusiasts can upgrade their Performance Package with an additional Track Package for allout
performance. The option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and
transmission cooler for further durability. The coolers play an essential role in preventing crucial
components from overheating under high-speed conditions.


The 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 is built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.


50 years of Mustang


The Ford Mustang is about to become the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles
in continuous production for 50 years. In its first 49 years of production, Mustang has gained
a worldwide base of avid fans. Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and
affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars that has inspired numerous
competitors.


Over the past 49 years each of the more than 8.5 million Mustangs produced has been built in
America, most of them close to Ford’s home base in Dearborn, Mich. Mustang has come to evoke
a variety of emotions in customers and fans – freedom, independence and being true to one’s self
– just to name a few. The Mustang attitude of limitless possibilities is universal and enduring, and
fans around the world will be honoring that heritage with numerous celebrations as the original
pony car heads into the next 50 years.

 

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