Watch A Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Take On Another Supercharged Mustang That’s Tuned To Make 850+ Horses!
On paper, the Shelby Mustang is the underdog, but the other Mustang features a manual gearbox which gives this one the edgeby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 02:56
The folks at ‘Carwow’ brought two Ford Mustangs to the drag strip. One of them is the 760-horsepower Shelby Mustang GT500, and the other, a Clive Sutton Mustang that makes 850 horses. Can the Sutton-tuned Mustang get an easy win, or will the Shelby GT500 defy the odds and pin its rival down? Let’s find out.
We’re Looking At Over 1,600 Horses Combined
The Shelby Ford Mustang GT500 is powered by a 5.2-liter, Predator V-8 supercharged engine that puts out 760 horses and 627 pound-feet of torque.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox drives the rear wheels exclusively. The car is pretty heavy, standing in at 4,189 pounds (1,900 kilos).
The other Mustang, called the CS850GT, comes with a 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine under the hood. The Clive Sutton team hooked it up with a Whipple Supercharger. This has resulted in the car making 859 ponies and 664 pound-feet of torque!
Power is routed to the rear wheels here also, but via a six-speed manual gearbox.
How Did The Races Go?
Both the cars got off to good starts, but at the first gear shift, the CS850 GT struggled to get traction. Being a manual that puts over 800 horses to the rear wheels only and has a tendency to fishtail, this Mustang must’ve been much harder to launch than it looks. The Shelby GT500, on the other hand, comes with launch control and a dual-clutch transmission that help make it easier to get off the line.
Coming to the race, the Shelby GT500 went on to win the race, completing the quarter-mile distance in 11.8 seconds. The CS850 GT took 12.2 seconds to touch the finish line.
Next up was the rolling race from 50 mph with the cars locked in third gear. None of the cars could get an edge at kickdown and they both stayed level for the longest time. Things changed only after they covered the quarter-mile distance during a gear shift (perhaps sixth gear for the manual Mustang), and that’s where it gave away the lead to the Shelby GT500 and eventually lost another race.
The last round was the brake test from 100 mph, and the Shelby Mustang won this one, too. It came to a halt quicker than the Clive Sutton-tuned GT500, thus claiming a clean sweep. Watch the video below and let us know if the results of this race surprised you or not.