Ford says the 2020 Shelby GT500 is faster than a McLaren F1... (sort of)
Based on how much Ford boasts about the Mustang Shelby GT500, it’s fair to say the Blue Oval is very proud of its latest sports coupe. And so it should be. The GT500 is one of the first American muscle cars to seriously compete with European sports coupes and even our supercars.
Speaking of challenging European supercars, Ford has recently announced the time it takes for the Shelby GT500 to go from 0mph to 100mph and back to 0mph. Amazingly, the large, ‘Murica-wagon can do the sprint in just 10.6 seconds.
Ridiculously, that means that a Ford Mustang is able to accelerate to 100mph and, even more impressively, brake back down to a standstill, in a shorter time than the McLaren F1 LM. The old king of all supercars could do the sprint in 11.5.
According to Ford, the reason behind this incredible speed is the work that has gone into the Shelby GT500’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. In fact, the Tremec TR-9070 DCT gearbox can change gear within 130 milliseconds of the driver pulling the paddle. The GT500’s specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and massive brakes clearly also play a big part in its impressive performance.
Obviously, this doesn’t mean the Shelby is now faster than the McLaren outright as the 1990s supercar still has the edge at the top end with a top speed of 240mph as opposed to the Mustang’s measly 180mph. However, it seems that on civilian roads, the McLaren is sure to be left in the dust of the GT500.