Ford Shelby GT500 to participate at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on June 30, 2012

The new Ford Shelby GT500 will be participating at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed slated to start today, its first appearance outside the United States. The Shelby GT500 will challenge the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, to be piloted by guest race drivers. The Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminium 5.8-litre supercharged V8 engine that provides 662 horsepower and 631 lb ft of torque, allowing the car to reach a top track speed of over 200mph.

The Ford Shelby GT500 features a Brembo six-piston front caliper brake system and boasts of an updated gearing for superior traction management, suspension tuning.

Ford Shelby GT500 also features a user-adjustable launch control that works hand-in-hand with the engine and chassis control systems.

The new Shelby GT500 differs from other Mustang models as it showcases downforce-generating front grilles, a new quad-exhaust system, an aggressive splitter and new forged-aluminium wheels. The Goodwood-bound Ford Shelby GT500 comes with an optional Performance Package that features electronically adjustable dampers as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential. It also includes a Track Package for a racetrack performance with three additional coolers.

Ford, which has been a sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed since 1993, boasts of an incredible motorsport heritage. In the 1920’s, Model Ts were the kings of motor racing and in the 1930s, Ford V8s won the Monte Carlo rally. The company also boasts of producing winning cars like GT40s, the Escort RS1600 and RS1800, the RS200, and the Sierra RS500 Cosworth.

The 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine makes 662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque, propelling it to be the highest-horsepower engine ever manufactured in the US. Almost every part of the powertrain has been developed for creating more horsepower, with a new supercharger, plus cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, an all-forged engine rotating assembly, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, improved head gaskets, transmission and axle.

A bigger and better supercharger aiding to inhale more air into the engine is important to creating the 662 horsepower. The new Twin Vortices Series 2300 blower produces 2.3 liters of displacement and is a one of a kind design to the 5.8-liter engine.

The whole cooling system has been drastically updated on the latest 5.8-liter engine. It now comes with a high-capacity cooling fan, a better charge air cooler, fan shroud with top-speed pressure-relief doors, an improved intercooler pump and an intercooler heat exchanger whose capacity is increased to 36 percent. These factors make all the elements cohesive to constantly dissipate heat when pushing the machine to work twice as hard.

SVT Powertrain Team Leader Jeff Albers said that each change they made is an upgrade in airflow and horsepower. The other changes are more on ensuring that the parts can handle pressures when the engine is performing at its top capacity.

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