2013 Ford Shelby GT500 feature helps avoid embarrassment
Imagine yourself the pilot of a 2013 Shelby GT500, Ford’s most powerful Mustang in history. As you pull up to a stop light there is a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 next to you. The driver (wearing a pink golf shirt) takes one look at you and your ‘stang and then stiffens up and stares at the light. Time to show the country club poser what American muscle can do. However, as the light turns green the all-wheel-drive Carrera r squats slightly and without any sound from the tires is gone. Meanwhile your GT500 is smoking the rear tires and slowly drifting sideways into the curb.
In order to prevent this kind of performance anxiety Ford has wisely added the magic of Launch Control on the GT500.
As we Spider Man fans all know, with great power comes great responsibility. Having 662 horsepower under foot and enough torque to temporarily slow the Earth’s rotation (or speed it up depending upon if the car is pointed East or West) is a recipe for disaster if a driver rich in dollars, but poor in common sense tries to apply that power in the wrong situation.
With a convertible GT500 on the way, the responsibility Ford has to keep the shiny side up on these cars despite the driver’s bad habits is great. These monster pony cars are capable of sub 4 second 0-60 times and quarter miles under 12 seconds. However, if the car cannot put the power down it is all for not.