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2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Receives 40 Horsepower, 2 MPG Boost

Posted in Cars, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Ford, Ford GT, Mustang, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Sports Cars, Street Racing by Suzanne Denbow | March 31st, 2009 | 1 Response |


The exterior modifications might be minimal, but according to Ford, the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 is a whole different beast under the hood. Ditching the single knock engine calibration system sensor for dual job, Ford’s SVT team was able to give the 2010 GT500’s supercharged 5.4L DOHC V8 a significant performance upgrade, boosting engine output to 540 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. “Where you really feel the new power and torque is mid-range,” explained Kerry Baldori, chief functional engineer for Ford’s Special Vehicles Team. “The new Shelby GT500 produces more torque than the outgoing model at 3,000 rpm and never looks back.”

To enhance performance without sacrificing handling, Baldori and his team of SVT experts also took a torque wrench to the GT500’s 6-speed manual gearbox, replacing the twin-disk clutch with bigger, 250 mm copper and fiberglass disks. According to Baldori, this relatively minor change accounts for major improvements on the track. With clutch engagement noticeably smoother, the 2010 Shelby GT500 is now able to tear out of the starting gate with graceful ease and accelerate to 0-60mph time of 4.3s (0-100 in 9.4 seconds). Impressively enough, the improvements to its track-worthiness did not adversely affect its fuel economy, and the 2010 Shelby GT500 actually received a 2mpg in fuel efficiency for 2010. A negligible difference, yet a difference just the same, Baldori summarized the appeal of the new racehorse, explaining, “These are all the attributes that customers want in an on-the-edge performance car, but we’ve also delivered a comfortable daily driver as well.”

Source: Ford

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