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Old 04-01-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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2010 GT500 Update (Not an AFD gag).

http://media.ford.com/article_displa...ticle_id=30102

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2010 FORD SHELBY GT500 OFFERS BETTER RIDE, STABILITY; ADDS TO STORIED PERFORMANCE HERITAGE2010 Shelby GT500 incorporates performance advantages gained on the special edition Shelby GT500KR for a more-responsive ride
New chassis tuning gains mean quicker response to driver inputs on the track and a more comfortable ride on city streets and highways
SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2009 – The 2010 Shelby GT500, with more horsepower and torque than the outgoing model, is definitely faster on the road and on the track.

Faster responding, too.

Ford’s Special Vehicles Team used advances pioneered on the Shelby GT500KR “King of the Road” Mustang to improve the driving dynamics of the 2010 Shelby GT500. SVT engineers lowered the chassis and worked to reduce the ride heights while also stiffening the coupe and convertible to improve the overall body control, roll stiffness and roll gradient (how much the car rolls).

“What we came out with was a chassis that feels more controlled and reacts faster,” said Kerry Baldori, chief functional engineer for SVT.

The front damping and spring rates on the 2010 Shelby GT500 were increased and share the same setup on the front end as the KR. Overall, the goal with the 2010 Shelby GT500 was to maintain the high-performance attributes of the KR, but in a more-refined manner.

“We focused most on improving the steering and dry handling attributes because they are the ones that matter most to the customer,” said Andrew Vrenko, vehicle dynamics engineer. “We wanted to give the steering more feel and have the car really feel as if it’s more connected to the road.”

The 2010 Shelby GT500 delivers with a high-performance vehicle that is substantially improved in terms of aerodynamic balance, which customers who take their Shelbys to the track will immediately notice and appreciate.

“Using data from the wind tunnel and the track, the new Shelby GT500 is near neutral at 120 mph – it makes about 20 pounds of lift,” said John Pfeiffer, product development engineer. “This is 50 percent better than the KR and 75 percent better than the outgoing model.”

SVT also managed to reduce the downforce on the rear by 50 percent compared with the outgoing model as it worked to reduce drag and maximize balance. The new Shelby GT500 reacts the same at 120 mph as it does at much lower speeds because the center of gravity doesn’t change from aerodynamic forces as you get up to speed.

The coupe adds 19-inch bright machined aluminum wheels as a standard feature. In addition to the larger wheel, SVT worked with Goodyear to help upgrade the F1 Supercar 19-inch tires to improve grip, handling and NVH properties.

One of the new tunable components on the new Shelby GT500 is the addition of a wicker bill or “Gurney Flap” on the rear. Introduced by racing legend Dan Gurney nearly 40 years ago, the Gurney Flap is essentially a tunable element on a low-drag spoiler. On the 2010 Shelby GT500 it sticks up about 6 mm and is positioned at a right angle to help create downforce. Tuning options include using Gurney Flaps of different heights or removing it altogether.

From the track to the highway, the 2010 Shelby GT500 gives drivers all the performance improvements of the KR: maximum lateral acceleration; the fun-to-drive aspects; the 0-60 time (4.3 seconds) and, the quarter-mile time (12.5 seconds at 116 mph).

“These are all the attributes that customers want in an on-the-edge performance car, but we’ve also delivered a comfortable daily driver as well,” said Baldori.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 213,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company’s wholly owned automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.
Not too much more than we already knew from other sources, but this was actually pulled from the Ford website.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:10 AM   #2
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Wow if only the Zed 28 was being build those two cars would be a hell of a rivalry.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:32 AM   #3
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D@MN YOU FORD!!! Well, considering they don't have a direct 'Vette competitor, this makes sense. Still, that's a whole lotta' $$$ for a 'Stang; however, that's a whole lotta' 'Stang... I'll give 'em kuddos for being in a position to do it though.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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What's the MSRP on the coupe? $45k?
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:34 AM   #5
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Nice specs... i still might get a used 07 shelby if they dont change that rear!

though it is growing on me and the front of the shelby looks meaann





maybe that will force me to ignore the rear lol
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:11 AM   #6
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I like the rear,they finally spell out S-H-E-L-B-Y across the trunk like it's supposed to be. The sequential lights sound alittle tacky though. The front is probably the most menacing looking front i've seen on a American car in in years.
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:23 AM   #7
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Wow if only the Zed 28 was being build those two cars would be a hell of a rivalry.
The Camaro Z28 and the Mustang GT500 have never in history been rivals. The Z28 was a race-tuned, small-displacement alternative to the SS. They competed with the Mustang GT. That's it.

I'm so amazed that traditionalists and classic car enthusiasts do not know this. I'm getting sick of people putting the Z28 up with the GT500 when it clearly isn't on the same level of performance. The Camaro ZL1 competed with top-tier GT500s.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:12 PM   #8
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The Camaro Z28 and the Mustang GT500 have never in history been rivals. The Z28 was a race-tuned, small-displacement alternative to the SS. They competed with the Mustang GT. That's it.

I'm so amazed that traditionalists and classic car enthusiasts do not know this. I'm getting sick of people putting the Z28 up with the GT500 when it clearly isn't on the same level of performance. The Camaro ZL1 competed with top-tier GT500s.
Actually if I'm not mistaken, the Z28 was a direct competitor of the old Boss 302s, originally at least.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:18 PM   #9
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Actually if I'm not mistaken, the Z28 was a direct competitor of the old Boss 302s, originally at least.
Yup, the Boss 302 was released in 1969 after the Z28 to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am series.
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The Camaro Z28 and the Mustang GT500 have never in history been rivals. The Z28 was a race-tuned, small-displacement alternative to the SS. They competed with the Mustang GT. That's it.

I'm so amazed that traditionalists and classic car enthusiasts do not know this. I'm getting sick of people putting the Z28 up with the GT500 when it clearly isn't on the same level of performance. The Camaro ZL1 competed with top-tier GT500s.
Chill out,if GM makes a 500+HP supercharged Z28.....guess what it's competing with??
The Z28 has had many different faces,from the 1st gen Trans Am road racer(it competed with the Boss from '69-70,not the GT) to a more traditional muscle car(offered with bigger engines and Autos) to a smog dog to what the last one was,a great all-arounder that you could get with a Automatic or as convertible,stuff you couldn't get with the 1st gen Z28. It's changed too much over time to have a set definition of what a Z28 means. From the '82 until '02,the Z28 competed with the GT and Cobra. The 4th gen SS isn't that different as to seperate it from the 4th gen Z28.
The past is past,the new Z28 will have to compete with the new GT500. In my opinion,the Boss 302 was the top performance Mustang from '69-70 and the Z28 was the best performance all-around you could get in a Camaro from '67-69.
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