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2011 Ford Shelby GT500

2011 Ford Shelby GT500

Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineers are taking high performance to a new level with the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, resulting in a car that has an all-new aluminum-block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and more horsepower than ever. (continued below)

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Ford Shelby GT500 Takes Performance to a Higher Level for 2011

Source: Ford | Published: Thu Aug 12, 2010

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"The SVT team continues to push the performance standards of the Shelby to even higher levels and better refinement," said Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles and motorsports business development. "All the changes we made reflect a desire for even better handling and outstanding driving dynamics - from weight savings to improved balance."

Weight Savings, New Technology Headline All-New Aluminum Engine

The 2011 Shelby GT500 is powered by an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 ft-lb of torque, a 10 horsepower increase versus the 2010 model. The engine also is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

"Cutting weight to improve performance is a tradition among hot rodders," said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American. "It might not be as sexy as adding more horsepower or bigger brakes, but shaving pounds off of a car is the single smartest move you can make."

The new engine uses state-of-the-art Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) liner coating, a process that applies a 150-micron composite coating that contains nanoparticles on the internal surfaces of engine cylinder bores, replacing cast-iron liners typically used in aluminum engine blocks. The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation honored the inventors of the Ford-patented PTWA technology with the 2009 National Inventor of the Year Award.

This is the first Ford application of the technology, and it offers improved overall performance and durability, along with functional benefits of reduced friction between piston rings and cylinder bores, improved heat transfer due to increased surface contact area and a weight savings of 8.5 pounds compared to a typical steel-sleeved aluminum block. A mechanical roughening process provides higher material adhesion for the spray coating.

Ford Shelby GT500: Review (2/2)

Specifications
Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Powertrain
Type V8, Supercharged
Displacement 330 cu in (5409 cc)
Power 550 hp @ 6200 RPM
Torque 510 lb-ft @ 4250 RPM
Redline 6250
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
Tire Size Front - Rear 255/40 ZR19 - 285/35 ZR19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 188.2 in
Width 73.9 in
Height 54.5 in
Curb Weight 3820 lbs
Performance
0-60 n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 15/23
Origin & Price
Origin United States of America
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $48,645

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