- Go you good thing! (image credit: Speed Phenom)

Shelby GT500 2020 smashes supercars with a 10.66 quarter-mile time

Ford's most powerful production car destroys the quarter-mile.

42w ago

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BY IAIN KELLY

The most powerful production car Ford has ever released, the 2020 Shelby GT500, has proved what an insane piece of engineering it is by laying down a 10.66-second quarter-mile (400m) ET with a similarly bonkers 132.9mph (214km/h) trap speed.

This wasn’t some sketchy manufacturer-released time, but a private owner at a drag strip.

The 567kW supercharged 5.2-litre V8-powered super-coupe is claimed to hit 0-100km/h in just 3.3-seconds but this 0-400m time and speed tells us far more about the gigantic performance hiding inside Ford’s most mental Mustang.

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With the rear tyre pressures lowered to 24psi to provide maximum grip, the line-lock function turned on and the launch control set to 3200rpm YouTuber Speed Phenom knocked down the mid-10.0-second pass despite being an admitted novice at drag strip driving.

What this means is there is a stack more quarter-mile potential in the GT500 once you fit proper drag-spec radial tyres, brim the tank with E85 or E100 fuel, and maybe throw a few more pounds of boost into that giant 2.65-litre supercharger! Will we see a 9.0-second factory muscle car?

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Comments (55)

  • No surprise ... in fact it would be embarrassing if the Shelby couldn’t beat euro exotics in a drag race. Consider the pedigree. Going back to the 60’s we’ve built muscle cars that go fast, for a short time, in a straight line but God help you if there is a turn at the end of that quarter mile!

      9 months ago
    • Not now though! This thing pulls g's better than a 911 Turbo S, and has braking distances shorter than a RWD R8. If you want to add something to your speed pedigree, it might as well be those two things

        9 months ago
    • What you said means it's got a longer braking distance than a 911 Turbo S.

      youtu.be/f1N5lZw7e78

        9 months ago
  • There HAS been a 9 second factory muscle car for about a year. It's called the Dodge Demon. 😁

      9 months ago
  • You want a factory muscle car quarter mile time in the 9's. Didn't that already get done in 2018?

      9 months ago
    • Yes but I also want to be able to use the steering wheel, not to mention converting the damn Demon into a track car as well.

        9 months ago
  • Ford's getting really close to the time set by a street-drag car from a certain Challenger nameplate that has more than a hundred horsepower advantage, is lighter, ran off of 104-octane fuel, wore stickier rubber, does sixty a FULL SECOND QUICKER, and was literally CREATED to smash the quarter. Good job Ford! Carol Shelby would be very proud

      9 months ago
  • Seen a stock 2017 Do the same thing (under 11s) by a pro drive

      9 months ago
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