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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can go as fast as 200 mph

A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.

Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.

Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.

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Track-only 2018 Shelby 1000 will be loaded with 1,000 horsepower

Last week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we witnessed something that may come as a threat to the Dodge Hellcat, and it is Ford’s latest Shelby Mustang, and it has got a whopping 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), which is why it was dubbed the Shelby 1000. The automaker’s latest kit can be added onto any 2015 or later Ford Mustang.

Unlike before, the Mustang GT will lose the 5.0 liter V8 that it once had. This will then be replaced by a 5.2-liter V8 from Shelby GT350 that will be added with a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger that pushes its limit to an estimated 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts). Apart from the new engine, it will also get a new high-flow fuel system, intercooler, ECU tuning, and an upgraded manual transmission.

It will never be enough to just give the Mustang a new and more powerful engine, right? And because all of you probably agree, Ford does too. This is why they are giving the Mustang an all new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust, and widened front and rear tracks. The body now sits on a fully adjustable coilover suspension, and new Brembo brakes for added stopping power. Other parts that have been added are stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, and wider wheels and tires.

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Original Shelby Crew reunites to produce 36 'new' 1965 Ford GT350R Mustang units

It is quite common to revive classic cars if you have a lot of extra money. Models like the Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin’s DB4 GT have been upgraded to suit the current market. The classic Shelby has been around for many years. And now, it is the latest classic to receive a series of continuation specials. But what makes it even more special is that the people who revived the 1965 GT350R Mustang are the same people who build the original Shelby decades ago.

CEO of the Original Venice Crew company, Jim Marietta, said that the Shelby team learned a lot from racing Cobras and Daytona Coupes and adapted their experiences to revive the 1965 Shelby classic by turning it into a race horse like Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. He told us that three of them were part of the development of the first Shelby GT350R in California. They recently got together two years ago and has since decided to do this special project. He explained that in 1965, they had envisioned an ‘R’ model but could not build one because of some restraints like time and cost.

The crew acquired full licensing from Carroll Shelby and Ford, and will only recreate 36 examples of the “new” 1965 GT350R Mustang. These will match the number of originals from that year, and will come with a Shelby serial number.

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Ford’s back seat kit for Shelby GT350R Mustang turns it into a 4-seater

Ford Motor Company is offering an upgrade for the Shelby GT350R – the back seat kit. This exciting feature sees the latest car emerging as the most track-ready, road-going four-seat Mustang ever produced.

With exquisite upholstery, contract stitching matching Shelby GT350R front seats, and an engineered back seat kit, Ford Performance affirms itself as a company that prioritizes customer satisfaction.

The company, based in Dearborn, Michigan, offers its customers more of the functionality they requested with the back seat kit featuring the same high-quality Alcantara material and high-contrasted accent stitching.

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“Today, the legend continues,” is how Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, introduces the all-new Shelby GT350R. The new GT350R Mustang, which is the most athletic version ever built, recently rolled off the line at Ford’s Assembly Plant in Flat Rock. Anyone who drives the new GT350R Mustang is rewarded with an amazing experience as it can easily tackle the most challenging roads and race tracks ever.

When it was presented, Bill Ford said it was a special day for all Mustang fans. He said that the GT350 formula has been taken by the automaker to the next level of innovation, style and performance.

With advancements made in aerodynamics, light-weighting, and chassis engineering, Ford was able to design and engineer the new Shelby GT350R in the same spirit, offering exceptional track capability from a Mustang.

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The 50th anniversary of Shelby American is being commemorated with the release of a special-edition car unveiled at the Detroit auto show. Shelby will only build 50 white samples and 50 black samples of this limited-edition vehicle. Former race driver Carroll Shelby had founded the Shelby American, a performance-car maker and converter.

The products of this Las Vegas-based company include the Cobra performance car and GT350, GT500, Super Snake and GTS conversion packages for the existing Ford Mustang. In a statement, Shelby said that “few” believed that the company would be successful and that it would still be in business for 50 years.

He said that the first Cobra was built in a rented garage and that the company then moved on to build the GT350s in an old hangar. He said that the company continues to thrive and roll out the “best cars” it has ever made. Gold stripes will be painted on the special editions to mark its 50th anniversary. In addition, every car will receive a golden-anniversary badging, a customized interior, six-piston Wilwood front brakes, special wheels, and a car cover. It will have a vehicle identification number that will be recorded in the official Shelby registry. The Shelby factory in Las Vegas will include museum delivery.

Read the entire article Shelby unveils 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang GTS, GT350 and Super Snake

GeigerCars.de, the aftermarket expert for American cars, has recently revealed the Ford Mustang Shelby GT640 "Golden Snake,” which is priced at 89,000 euros. This vehicle is based on the latest model of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500, which is a force to reckon with even with factory settings. Munich-based GeigerCars.de fitted the 5.4 litre V8 with a big 2.3 litre compressor and Geiger stainless steel sport exhaust system.

With some mandatory software changes, this engine can now send 640 PS (series: 548 PS) to the back wheels. At the highest point of the torque, the mechanically loaded engine is capable of delivering 789 Nm on the crankshaft.

The Mustang is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 295 km/h. Mustang’s engine block starting from the 2011 model year consists of aluminum. This significantly cuts the load on the front axle and provides the Power Coupe a better position on the road. The car’s carbon engine bonnet also raises the efficiency.

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Ford is not backing down in a performance battle against Chevrolet. Just one month after Chevrolet revealed the 2012 Camaro ZL1 that delivers more than 550hp, Ford is preparing to introduce a 2013 Shelby GT500 that generates 600+hp. According to Caranddriver sources, this Mustang has an output that can go as high as 620hp.

The performance boost stems from raising the GT500’s current powerplant from 5.4-liters to 5.8-liters for the 2013 model year. Ford has replaced the current Eaton unit with the same TVS unit that powers the ZL1.

Powering the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine, which develops 550hp and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, giving an extra 10hp over the 2010 model. The new engine weighs 102 lbs (46 kg) lighter than its predecessor -- offering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

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Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) revealed today the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, the newest version of the legendary muscle car featuring an all-new aluminum-block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling as well as improved fuel economy and more horsepower than ever. As we said the new car carries an all aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque (a 10 hp increase comparing it to the 2010 model).

And this is not all, as the engine is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivers a better power-to-weight ratio, handling and steering precision, acceleration and an impressive fuel economy.

This new engine has its roots in the iconic Ford GT because the new 5.4-liter V8 is in fact an evolution of the GT engine, with improved block structure through the use of a unique bulkhead chilled process and six-bolt billet main bearing caps. The 2011 Shelby GT500 will be the first modern Shelby without the gas guzzler tax, because it will deliver a fuel consumption of 23 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in the city (up from 22 mpg highway and 14 mpg city for the 2010 model).

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Channeling the air so it's utilized most efficiently was a thorough procedure that eventually will be rewarding to buyers. The development of the front fascia and the vehicle's "flush" hood assists in focusing the flow of air. The top part of the grill channels air into the radiator, with a rubber flap inside the engine section aiding to seal the system.

The lower grill aids in cooling the intercooler. SVT technicians also went as far to close particular parts of the front of the 2010 Shelby GT500's characteristic diamond-studded grill to assist in maintaining the right cooling and sleek balance. The 2010 Shelby is the most-full bodied design and most-unique version of the latest 2010 Mustang range. "The design we chose was a 'flush' hood where the fascia defines the entire front of the vehicle," said Hameedi. "That's very hard to execute from an engineering standpoint, but it really sets the Shelby off as very, very different from the base Mustang."

"This epitomizes the ultimate Mustang," Exterior Design manager of the Mustang and Shelby GT500, George Saridakis added. "It's all about power and expressing power." Saridakis said his team took a prompt from the Shelby AC Cobra 427 with regards to the front grills, which are open and look ready to swallow the road.

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Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points and different target markets. Moreover, in terms of power and performance, the Duster couldn’t be compared to a Mustang.

Nonetheless, there is one person who believes that Dacia’s budget SUV is similar to the Ford’s legendary pony car. This person is the chief of design for Group Renault -- Laurens van den Acker. Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Group Renault, has been building the Duster since 2009, while Ford has been producing the Mustang since 1965. Despite the Duster being just a decade old, van den Acker told Autocar that the SUV is similar to the Mustang in a sense that it is already an iconic model with an identity stronger than the brand.

Group Renault’s design chief believes that the identity of the Duster as a model is already larger than Dacia as a brand. This is similar to the iconic pony car – the Mustang as a model has a stronger identity than Ford as a brand. The Duster is iconic to Dacia just as the Mustang is iconic for Ford.

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The Ford Mustang is definitely a performance machine made to dominate the roads. Nonetheless, the Mustang could be further improved by availing some packages from Ford Performance. To this effect, the newest version of the Mustang offers a wholesome improvement in terms of style, performance and enjoyment. The new Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance delivers a greater degree of driving and owner experience.

Ford Performance in collaboration with World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team, came up with a Mustang that dons RTR’s signature modern and aggressive styling as well as with the ability to suit itself to a number of driving conditions.

This is made possible by installing a suspension system from Ford Performance that features adjustable sway bars. These sway bars can be adjusted to change chassis balance for either passive or MagneRide suspensions. In effect, the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance can adjust for a driving down a twisty backroad, challenging lap times, zooming on a drag strip or even drifting.

Read the entire article Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance is a stylish, adaptable pony car!

At the start of the year, Ford announced that it is planning to develop a new electric vehicle that focuses on performance. At the announcement, Ford said that the new performance EV would be named Mach 1. Eventually, the Mach 1 moniker was shelved, but not the performance EV. Now, Ford has released a new teaser that officially previews this upcoming EV.

During the January announcement, Ford said that this performance EV would released in 2020. In March this year, Ford Global Markets President Jim Farley remarked that the performance EV would be like a four-door SUV version of a Ford Mustang. Essentially, this means that the new performance EV would be an electric SUV with the looks or performance of the Mustang, or both.

Now, the recently released teaser image looks like a sketched silhouette of Ford’s new performance EV. It may seem so vague and unclear until a closer inspection reveals that it features the rear end of a Ford Mustang. That basically confirms the relationship of the new performance to Ford’s iconic pony car. However, this is a teaser image, and a sketch nonetheless, which means that it final looks may differ from the Mustang but retain some cues that indicate its high-performance nature.

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Every June or July of every year, motor racing vehicles – especially historic ones -- flock at West Sussex, England to challenge the hillclimb event of the highly prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. For the first time in the festival’s history, a vehicle will brave the hillclimb without a driver behind its wheels.

So far, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been graced by conventionally powered and electrified vehicles. However, all of these vehicles completed the 1.86-km (1.16 miles) hillclimb with a driver piloting the steering wheel. This is due to change this July 12, 2018 when an autonomous vehicle created by the collaboration between Siemens and Cranfield University tries to run the course.

People who might want to witness the first autonomous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, should not expect an all-new self-driving car climbing its way up to the Goodwood House. Instead, they should look out for 1965 Ford Mustang with a distinctive silver wrap. The sides of this 1965 Mustang feature the number “25”, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Goodwood. This autonomous Mustang also features the blue “Siemens” logo and a stripe running on the lower flank with the same color as the logo. Stripes of the same color are also found on the hood and roof of the autonomous Mustang.

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Ford is introducing a new limited edition of the 2019 Ford Mustang GT – the California Special -- that boasts of aesthetics elements derived from the 1968 original version, modern performance and styling, as well as innovative technologies.

The very first Mustang California Special was born in 1968, with design cues inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT prototype. This came to be called the California Special. The original Mustang California Special was provided with distinguishing elements like a blacked-out grille and fog lamps, as well as a racing stripe running on sides through just ahead of the rear fender scoop.

In addition, the 1968 Mustang California Special was fitted with twist-lock hood fasteners, a Shelby-inspired spoiler and custom rear lamps. The spectacular looks of the Mustang California Special prompted Ford to put it to limited production. Soon enough, the California Special has become one of the much-sought-after special edition Mustang models.

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Not a lot may have heard of Lee Iacocca, but we are pretty sure that you all know of his creation - and that would be none other than the Ford Mustang. Iacocca was the former Ford executive that turned the former concept into a reality. Not only did he turn the Mustang into production, but he also groomed it into the icon that we know it today.

To celebrate this, Ford and Galpin decided to come up with a special Mustang to celebrate the nameplate’s 45th anniversary. They named the unique version the Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang, and guess what? It will be sold off this April.

The rear wheel drive sports car will be put up for auction at the Barrett Jackson Palm Beach 2018 sale. It will be a rare treat for collectors as this is one of only 45 examples ever built and it comes with a number of unique design and performance elements to boot. This includes a special plaque in the engine bay to signify its rarity.

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SpeedKore Performance Group, known for its historic and modern vehicles, has just unveiled the custom-built Ford Mustang Boss 302 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The bespoke vintage car from the 1970s was commissioned by Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. who's famous for his role as Iron Man or Tony Stark from the Avengers film franchise. Downey Jr. spent time collaborating ideas with SpeedKore to restore the Mustang Boss 302’s original design while giving it several modern-day touches.

The muscle car has been equipped with Ford Performance Aluminator 5.0-liter V8 engine with Stage 2 Ford Roush Supercharger and is paired to a Bowler T56 transmission. It is rather sad that SpeedKore hasn’t disclosed any information regarding its performance but as expected, that should probably come out much later.

Embodying the same elements from SpeedKore’s latest projects, the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 also features lightweight carbon fiber materials which are evident on the muscle car’s front and rear spoilers, quarter extensions, fenders, deck lid, hood and bumpers. Aside from shedding tons of weight, SpeedKore has added a Detroit Speed aluminum frame, new suspension, a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and a new powertrain to help catch up with what's trending in the highly evolving automotive industry.

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One of the few people we know who collect high-powered modified Mustangs would be pro Formula Drift driver and motorsports enthusiast Vaughn Gittin Jr. Today, he is back with another installment, and the muscle car will make an appearance at the 2017 SEMA Show on October 31st in Vegas. One thing we expect from it, like all other RTR Mustangs, is a whole bag of horsepower.

From the outside, the Ford Mustang gets the same signature style elements from the previous model. But now, it has a more aggressive front fascia, where the grille is highlighted by LED accenting lights in triangle. It has got a meaner looking front splitter as well as a more sculpted hood too. The exterior is finished off with black accent striping on the hood and side profile, a more subtle lip spoiler, and a new set of high-spoke wheels.

Gittin has not mentioned anything in terms of this particular Mustang’s performance. However, we are guessing that it would have something close to 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) or probably more when it makes its appearance in a few weeks. So far, the most powerful Spec 3 RTR Mustang had a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that carries out as much as 670 horsepower (499 kilowatts) and we witnessed this at the 2015 SEMA.

Read the entire article Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Ford Mustang RTR will make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show

Ford announced earlier this year that it will be giving its 2018 Mustang GT an optional upgrading kit consisting of a larger radiator, six piston brake calipers, high performance tires, and so on. Moving on to the present, Ford unveils the new Level 2 performance package that is billed to fill the huge gap between the Ford Mustang’s most potent GT350 and the initially released performance pack level 1 upgrade.

It seems as if Ford did notice that “gap” from the very start and has been developing the Performance Level 2 for some time already. According to them, it will also come with a new front splitter, a custom rear spoiler, a much lower ride height, an updated steering, a new suspension, and a set of 19-inch Chauncy Eggleston wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Of course, other features from the Level 1 are also present on the new package including the enhanced chassis, improved steering, Brembo brakes with huge rotors and stability control. The Performance pack level 2’s main highlight will be the new set of wheels that are 1.5-inch wider. It has also brought the car much closer to the ground by 0.5 inch compared to the previous upgrade. Having all of these in one package will mean that the Mustang GT will not only look more aggressive but will also look like a real performer.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang GT offers more power and bolder looks with new Performance Pack Level 2

The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT, when equipped with its optional Performance package, will be able to produce 460 horsepower. It also comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that help it sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.

It was earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show when we first saw the Pilot Sport 4S tires, which had been introduced as a replacement of the popular Pilot Super Sport. The tire manufacturer also said that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires not only offer a 30,000-mile warranty, but also provide high performance grip levels in whatever road condition.

The Mustang GT Performance pack will be getting a pair of 255/40R19s up front, and a pair of 275/40R19s in the back. Ford engineers worked with Michelin to come up with this specific version of the tire.

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