2013 Ford Shelby GT500 takes on the Speedworld drag strip [Video]
The SVT team took the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 out to Speedworld, a 1/4 mile drag strip which is near the companies proving grounds in Arizona, to test the supercars capabilities going in a straight line. The Shelby GT500 is probably the most tested car to ever come out of Ford because the Shelby and SVT name were on the line. And because this car has more power than any production V8 in America, they needed to know that everything was going to work properly before the car began mass production.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 produces a massive 662 horsepower and 631 lb. ft. of torque from the 5.8-liter supercharged V8, and the SVT engineers had a monumental task to make sure the new launch control system was working properly. They needed to know that anyone could get into the new 2013 Shelby GT500 and make the new system work. While seasoned drag strip veterans know how to launch that much horsepower off the line, the SVT Team knew that most drivers that got behind the wheel of the supercar would be weekend warriors and need help.
The Shelby GT500 needs to be safe for everyone