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2007 Shelby GT500 Overview

The 2007 Shelby GT 500
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2007 Shelby GT500 - Performance Inspiration: Carroll Shelby and Ford Special Vehicle Team join forces to create a modern successor to the famous Shelby GT500 of the late 1960s Performance

  • Hardware: 500-horsepower supercharged V-8, 6-speed manual transmission, race-tuned suspension, four-piston Brembo brakes
  • Performance Design: Mustang heritage with aggressive muscular front-end design, Le Mans racing stripes, unmistakable "Cobra" logo and Shelby nameplate

What happens when a legend from Texas reunites with a legend from Dearborn? The most powerful Mustang ever. After 40 years, racing legend Carroll Shelby and the Ford Mustang are back together with the introduction of the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500.

  • The collaboration between Shelby and Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is yielding an instant collector's Mustang that builds 500 horsepower in its 5.4-liter supercharged V-8.
  • A modern interpretation of the Shelby Mustang of the 1960s, the Ford Shelby GT500 uses advanced engineering to attain the performance that made the original GT500 the king of the road.
  • True to the original GT500, it will be available both as a coupe and as a convertible when it goes on sale in the summer of 2006.

"When Carroll was developing the original GT350 and GT500, he wanted to build the most powerful, most capable Mustangs of his day," says Hau Thai-Tang, director, Advanced Product Creation and Special Vehicle Team. "Our goal was to build the most powerful, most capable Mustang ever."

Serving as touchstone and inspirational leader for both the concept and the production versions, Shelby was impressed by what the team has accomplished.

"It's one thing to put 450 horsepower in an exotic supercar," says Shelby. "It's another to put that much power in something as affordable as a Mustang. The fact that they not only met their goal but pushed on to 500 horsepower is a remarkable achievement."

Shelby knows something about creating modern supercars. He served as a senior adviser on the team that developed and built the 550-horsepower Ford GT.

Power Play

The Ford Shelby GT500's supercharged 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 evolved from Ford's experience with tuning its modular, or MOD, engines. Output is a brawny 500 horsepower.

  • The engine was force-fed an air-and-fuel mixture via a "Roots-type" supercharger providing 8.5 pounds per square inch of boost. The GT500 used a cast-iron engine block. It borrows from the Ford GT program aluminum, four-valve cylinder heads, piston rings and bearings, adding a high level of performance durability to the drivetrain.
  • "Powered by SVT" camshaft covers added the finishing touch to the engine.
  • A 6-speed manual gearbox was used. The heavy-duty transmission has proven itself a willing companion to Mustangs in both road and track environments, including the road-going Mustang Cobras and the new race-winning Mustang FR500C.

Power Control

  • The Ford Shelby GT500 started with the solid Mustang underpinnings. SVT engineers retuned and upgraded key chassis components. Improvements such as revised shocks, spring rates and upgraded stabilizer bars.
  • The Ford Shelby GT500 features a MacPherson strut independent front suspension with Reverse L lower control arms, and a solid-axle, three-link rear suspension with coil springs and a Panhard rod for precise control of the rear axle.
  • To match this power and handling ability, engineers fitted some of the biggest brakes in the business to the Ford Shelby GT500. Four-piston Brembo calipers were fitted to 14-inch Brembo vented rotors up front, and 11.8-inch vented discs in the rear. 255/45ZR high-performance tires re used in front and 285/40ZR high-performance tires in back. Wheels were 18 inches by 9.5 inches.

Design Features

  • The front-end design included wide upper and lower fascia openings with a functional air splitter. The upper intake included the Cobra logo floating off-center in place of a centered galloping pony found on other Mustangs. On either side, slanting headlamp openings added to the unique front appearance.
  • The bulging hood had heat extractors protruding near the leading edge, combining to provide improved airflow and aerodynamics. As air passed over the hood, hot air from the engine compartment was drawn out through ducts attached to the hood extractors.
  • The production Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe  is punctuated by the classic Le Mans-style white stripes that race along the top from nose to tail. The GT500 nomenclature is prominent in the lower bodyside racing stripe, another cue from the classic Shelby Mustangs.
  • In a touch also borrowed from the GT500's past, no Le Mans stripes were used on the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible. However, the convertible will sport a cloth top similar to those found on pricier convertibles.

"There were no Le Mans stripes on Shelby's original GT500 Convertible, so we decided to pay homage by not offering them on the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500," says Gaffka. "We also went with a cloth top material as another measure of substance and authenticity. The fabric used is the same used on the 2002-03 SVT Mustang Cobra, the Thunderbird, Jaguar and Ford's other high-end convertibles."

  • The unique rear fascia features lower strakes inspired by the Ford GT's integrated rear airflow diffuser, and included a rear spoiler reminiscent of a classic GT500. To mark the collaboration of two Mustang performance icons, the GT500 features Shelby and SVT badging.
  • The fenders each featured an updated design over the Cobra. The front grille featured an off-center snake in place of the standard running horse.
  • "GT500" was emblazoned inside the side rocker stripes, and the name SHELBY was prominently written across the rear deck.
  • The SVT logo can be seen on the wheel center caps, a signature SVT location, as well as on the door sill plates.
  • The medallion between the taillights reads "Shelby GT500" and is centered on the Cobra image.

Cockpit Upgrades

  • The locations of the speedometer and the tachometer are swapped from the Mustang and provided performance-oriented drivers with a better view of shift points while changing gears. Front seats received additional lateral support.
  • The interior was offered in a choice of two colors, Charcoal Black or Charcoal Black and Crimson Red. The charcoal/red offering featured Crimson Red seating surfaces and door panel inserts.
  • Seating surfaces were leather with both interior treatments. Snake logos were embossed in the seat backs.
  • The Shelby GT500 script and Cobra image were repeated on the steering wheel cap.
  • Behind the wheel, the gauges had light faces in keeping with SVT tradition.
  • The chromed accessories inside the cabin were replaced with a satin aluminum finish, including the aluminum shift lever knob.

The Ford Shelby GT500 will be built at the Ford-Mazda joint venture, AutoAlliance International, in Flat Rock, Mich

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The GT 500 Engine

The interior of the GT 500 - Charcoal Black and Crimson Red version.



















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