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Jul 16

Watch this 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 pull a 9-second quarter mile

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9-Second Ford GT500 burnout from Lethal Performance (screencap)

The 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is an impressive piece of hardware right out of the box. It's a package capable of pulling 11-second quarter mile passes one minute and lapping your favorite road course with genuine fury the next thanks to its impressive suspension tuning and heady 662-horsepower. But how much quicker can its supercharged V8 get with a little tweaking? The guys from Lethal Performance recently set out to find the answer. The team isn't saying exactly what they've done to the king Pony, though we can see a set of dragstrip-friendly "bigs n' littles" have found their way into the wheel wells.

As a result, the 3,852-pound two-door bolted down the drag strip in just 9.77 seconds. Judging by the "thank you" list in the video's credits, this GT500 may even be rocking a shot of nitrous, though we can't say for certain. Check out the full clip for yourself below.

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Watch this 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 pull a 9-second quarter mile originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jun 29

Ford shows off Mustang Shelby GT500’s new launch control

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2013 Shelby GT500 burnout

Listen to the sage words of the late Carroll Shelby: "650 horsepower? Nobody else has it." We're guessing this footage was recorded a little while back, before the final certified rating of the 5.8-liter supercharged engine in the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 came in at 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.

Indeed, there isn't a single car anywhere near the sticker price of the 2013 GT500 - not even the stupid-fast Chevy Corvette ZR1 - that offers as many horses under the hood as the most powerful production Mustang in history. Suffice it to say, reeling in 662 galloping ponies and sending them to the rear tires isn't an easy conundrum to solve.

And that's where launch control comes into play. It's a cool system, allowing the driver to alter the RPM held by the engine with the clutch depressed. Drop the clutch and, instead of watching your Goodyear F1 Supercar tires go the way of the Dodo, you hook up and take off down the drag strip.

Or, ya know, you could turn the system off and smoke bomb your neighborhood. See examples of both launch techniques in the video below, because whenever a video starts off with a prominent disclaimer, you know it's going to be good.

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Ford shows off Mustang Shelby GT500's new launch control originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jun 19

Autoblog Podcast #287

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LeMans 2012, Infiniti sales goals, Volkswagen and Navistar, Camaro ZL1 faces Ford Shelby GT500

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Episode #287 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Chris, Dan and Zach chat about the 24 hours of LeMans, Infiniti's ambitious European sales goals, Volkswagen's trucking ambitions, and the Camaro ZL1 facing off against the Mustang Shelby GT500. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. We've embedded our Q&A module after the jump for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

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2012 Audi TT S
2012 Ford Mustang GT


Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman
Runtime: 01:28:54

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Autoblog Podcast #287 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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