The Shelby Mustang GT500 Code Red engine develops up to 1,300 hp. It can only be driven on circuits.
The father of the Mustang was Lee Iacoccathe visionary who promoted one of the most iconic cars in the history of Ford. But The best lover the pony car ever had was Carroll Shelby.who was not only the strategist who planned one of the most incredible sporting triumphs in the history of motorsports when the GT40s beat the Ferraris at the 24 Hours of Le Mans: he became a bold interpreter of what it means to drive a sports car on the Oval with great customizations. His legacy remains: he has just presented the most beastly Mustang in history.
Shelby’s interventions in the Mustangs have the endorsement of Fordby the partnership first in fact and then tacit that existed between the corporation and the company created by whoever was a racing driver in the 50s and then a sports brain. The Shelby Mustang is the pinnacle of performance in the American sports car family.. In that context The GT500 Code Red appeared, a true animal that exceeds 1,300 horses and makes it the most powerful version in the model’s 58 years.
It can also be taken as a way to pay tribute to the current generation of the Mustang, since on September 14 the presentation of the seventh generation of the Mustang will take place. muscle carthat promises to maintain the traditional gasoline V8 engine, although it will have plug-in hybrid variants to insert the car into the new era of electrification, which Ford and the range began with the Mach-E, the electric SUV on the market since 2019.
How is the most beastly Mustang in history
The first Shelby Mustang was the 1967 GT350that with the V8 of 289 cubic inches (4.7 liters) it reached 310 horses. Now, 55 years later, Shelby’s latest folly is a reality for the auto industry. The GT500 Code Red is a limited edition of 30 units10 for each year of production of the Shelby GT500 (2020, 2021 and 2022).
This powerful model is equipped with the same V8 engine that equips conventional Mustangs, with a base power of 466 hp, which in the GT500 reaches 760 hp. The same driving plant, with the added anabolics, reaches a whopping 1300 horsepower. A power comparable to the big hypercars. That is why it is not approved for normal traffic. In Creole: this animal It is forbidden to circulate on streets, routes, paths and highways, but can only do so on circuits.
The beast on wheels presents some technical modifications in order to offer radical and extreme performances. This is the first time a production Shelby has included two turbochargers.. In addition, the cooling system and the transmission were reinforced to be able to withstand all the power that emanates from the engine. They installed new pistons, fuel injection system and new programming. In turn, in the set-up, adjustments were made to Ford’s MagneRide suspension and they provided it with more powerful brakes because it is clear that stopping it is not an easy task.
“All the power and torque we developed with the new Code Red required us to focus on optimizing traction. For that reason it’s more of a straight-line car than a track car. Either way, it’s very capable at moderate speeds in most cornering, but when the turbos come into play, you enjoy the car better in a straight line,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s vice president of operations and head of R&D.
The Ford Shelby GT500 is one of the most powerful production cars in recent years, but the Code Red is much more beastly. The stock 5.2-liter Vodoo V8 engine has the supercharger removed and replaced with a Fathouse Performance twin-turbo system with stainless steel headers, new pistons, fuel injection system, high-flow air cleaners, redesigned exhaust, fuel, new programming, among hundreds of other modifications to achieve huge figures.
Of the 760 horses and 625 Nm of torque which produces a normal GT 500, the Code Red raises the figures to 1,000 hp and 780 Nm. But if you fill it with E85 gasoline, the power reaches 1,300 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque.
From the outside, its particular aesthetic is surprising with its new fixed rear spoiler similar to those of competition. In addition, it debuts 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, red-painted details such as the Shelby logo on the front grill.
In its body it presents carbon fiber parts, such as the front splitter and the rear diffuser. They also sport a commemorative Shelby 60th anniversary plaque as a hallmark of this special edition.
Indoors, red and black are great protagonists. The leather upholstery has been updated and it incorporates personalized carpets, trims on the door sills and a safety cage in the place where the rear seats are usually located.
The Shelby Code Red adapts to any driving situation, but, in reality, it has the limitation that it can only be driven on a circuit since it is not approved for driving on the street. Also, Ford removes the factory warranty from those who choose this rabid variant.
These two variants can appear as limitations to attract buyers who are willing to pay the 209,995 dollars that the customization of the car costs. That, without counting the US $ 80,000 that the GT500 costs. However, many want to have the privilege of owning the most powerful muscle car in history.