The guys at High Gear Media, were in Nurburg Germany recently and ventured over to the motorsports complex that made the small village famous. While they were at the Nurburgring race track, they spotted a 2013 Shelby GT500 getting ready to launch onto the track for a test run. They grabbed their video camera and shot some spy video of the all-new Shelby.
Because the track is located in the Eifel mountains, weather can change quickly and rain is a common occurrence. Unfortunately, rain hit the 'Ring first, before the Shelby GT500 took to the track. But there was still some excitement as the 662 horsepower snake made some impressive runs around the famed track. Later on, the sun peaked out and the blue and white Shelby GT500 was able to make some spirited runs.
As we reported here, Ford has revealed that the 2013 Shelby GT500 was certified at 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft. of torque. That puts the new GT500 in rarified air as that’s 24 more horsepower than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 82 more hp than its rival Camaro ZL1. Ford originally said the 2013 Shelby GT500 would have an incredible 650 horsepower which made it the more powerful than any production V-8 car in the world.
But the all-new Shelby GT500 delivers more than just raw horsepower. The folks over at Shelby have designed a muscle car that is lightweight and is more aerodynamic than ever before. The GT500 only weights 3,850 lbs. and the car will do in excess of 200 mph. Everything on the new Shelby has been upgraded, from the powertrain, the gearing and suspension, and even the Brembo brakes which feature six-piston caliper units up front and more aggressive pads on all four corners.
It also features a unique supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. The new six-speed manual transmission, offers upgraded gears, bearings and housing so it can properly manage the incredible 662 lb. ft. of torque. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1. The clutch also has increased torque and rpm capacity and uses a dual-disc design.
To take this machine out on the Nurburgring had to be a fun experience for the two who were caught on the video clip. After they finished the fastest lap of the day, they took the car out on the streets on Nuburg and cruise through the small village before disappearing into a building not to be seen again that day.
Embedding of the video has been disabled, so follow this You Tube link to see the Shelby GT500 take on the Nurburgring.