Ford's Boss Hoss for Goodwood

2012-06-29 08:37

GOODWOOD, England - Ford's most powerful Mustang yet, the new Ford Shelby GT500, will make an appearance at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed in a fitting tribute to the late Carroll Shelby.

Specially shipped for its first appearance outside America, the US-only supercar will blast up the famous Goodwood hill climb driven by guest race drivers. The iconic Zakspeed Capri is also set to sprint up the hill, challenging the 1.16-mile (1.86km) hill-climb speed record of 41.6sec set by Nick Heidfeld in 1999.


The Ford Shelby GT500 has a supercharged aluminium 5.8-litre V8 engine, producing 494kW and 855Nm of torque and is claimed to be the most powerful engine yet in a North American production car. It can hurl the GT500 to a top track speed of more than 320km/h.

The car carries Brembo six-piston front brake callipers, updated gearing for superior traction management, tuned suspension and a user-adjustable launch control that works with the engine and chassis control systems.

Downforce-generating front grilles, a splitter, a new quad-exhaust system and new forged-aluminium rims  differentiate the Shelby GT500 from other Mustangs.


The Shelby will also be equipped at Goodwood with an optional performance package that adds electronically adjustable shock-absorbers and a Torsen limited-slip differential as well as a track package for all-out racetrack performance that includes extra radiators.

Ford has been a major sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed since its inception in 1993 and claims an unmatched motorsport heritage with Model T units racing in the 1920's, Ford V8 cars won the Monte Carlo rally in the 1930's and since the 1950's Ford has always been prominent in racing and rallying, often with specially-developed cars such as the Le Mans-winning GT40, Escort RS1600 and RS1800, RS200, Sierra RS500 Cosworth and racing Mondeos.

Ford-powered cars from all around the world are reflecting this heritage at the Festival of Speed.

  • mogo.naut - 2012-06-29 09:26

    I wish I wish I wish we had muscle cars at our dealerships!! At least "Creative Rides" Import classic and Modern Muscles. Only problem , And I'm guessing, is the lack of a "proper" warranty/service plan.

  • mogo.naut - 2012-06-29 09:40

    Oh I just thought you should know that the List price for this at the current exchange rate is ONLY R455 280 in the US of course :)

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