Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Drag Mode, Carbon Ceramic Brakes and 200+ Top Speed
Last week, we brought you a look at what is believed to be the supercharged V8 engine that will power the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in wiring diagrams from the Motor Company dealership computer system. More details from that computer system have hit the internet, highlighting some key features and one crucial performance measure for the next generation of the factory-supercharged Ford Mustang.
Drag Strip Drive Mods
Not surprisingly, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will have a similar Drive Mode system to that offered in the current Mustang GT, but the supercharged pony car will have different modes than the naturally aspirated models.
The 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (if it is, indeed, a 2019 model year vehicle) will seemingly have five drive modes – Normal, Sport, Weather, Drag Strip and Launch Control. The Mustang GT from the same model year will have Normal, Sport, Snow/Wet and Track, so the GT500 gets a unique bad-weather mode and a unique mode for drag racing. The current Mustang GT has a Launch Control system, so with it now listed as a drive mode for the GT500, we will have to wait and see how that differs from the current launch system and now it is unique from Drag Strip mode. One would think that Drag Strip mode would have Launch Control, but who knows what the Motor Company has in store for the new supercharged car.
Carbon Ceramic Brake Rotors?
Next, information in the dealership computer system explains that the Mustang GT500 will have a unique indicator on the dash for worn ceramic brake pads. Rumors have suggested that the GT500 will have carbon ceramic rotors rather than the unique two-piece steel rotors on the GT350 and some outlets have assumed that ceramic pads mean that the new Shelby Mustang will have carbon ceramic rotors as well.
Carbon ceramic rotors would certainly make sense on a car like this, but thus far, the dealership information shared online only states that the GT500 will have ceramic brake pads – which are different from carbon ceramic rotors.
200+ Top Speed
Finally, within the dealership information on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 there is a table used for speedometer verification. In this table, we learn that at 100% throttle, a speed range of 194 to 214 miles per hour is possible with the mean number being 200 miles per hour.
Of course, if the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a 750+ horsepower supercharged V8, a top speed over 200 miles per hour would make sense and at 214 – it would be the fastest of the modern muscle cars.
Source: The Truth About Cars