Ford Performance has revealed another juicy morsel of information about the upcoming 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
That would be its supercar-rivalling claimed 0-100-0mph time of 10.6 seconds
According to those behind the car, the impressive acceleration and braking power comes down to a combination of main points – its impressively fast gearbox, the massive 419mm front brake rotors, and its Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
Oh, and a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 putting out 567kW and 847Nm.
Ford Performance chief program engineer Ed Krenz says the engineering behind the GT500 is beyond anything previously seen on a Mustang.
“The range of brute-force drag acceleration, seamless road shifts and amazingly smooth shifts on the track further highlights how the soul of the Shelby GT500 is elevated in our most advanced Mustang ever,” says Krenz.
“Effortlessly handling the 760 horsepower is our segment-first Tremec dual-clutch transmission, with an advanced control system that enhances GT500’s five drive modes to deliver a driving experience once reserved only for exotic supercars.”
The Tremec TR-9070 7-speed dual-clutch is not only capable of managing the engine’s 847Nm, but is also able to shift gears in as little as 80 milliseconds.
“In many ways, this is like having two transmissions in one,” says Ford Performance powertrain manager Pat Morgan.
“On one hand, it enables performance at the outer reaches of straight-line quickness with minimal torque interruption yet provides an incredible amount of finesse and control in track environments for maximum stability and predictability at the limits of lateral acceleration.”
But Morgan says faster shifts “do not always equate to better road performance.”
“In every driving situation, we emulated what professional drivers do, whether it’s a smooth, precise heel-and-toe shift of a professional track driver or a much more forceful powershift like drag racers. We’ve designed the perfect shift every time.”
Ford hasn’t yet confirmed a 0-60mph (or 0-100km/h) time for the GT500, or a quarter mile run, but has instead been rolling out details about the car slowly since its reveal many months ago.
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