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4 December 2019

Shelby GT500 2020 smashes supercars with a 10.66 quarter-mile time

By Iain KellyIain Kelly

The most powerful production car Ford has ever released, the 2020 Shelby GT500, has proved what an insane piece of engineering it is by laying down a 10.66-second quarter-mile (400m) ET with a similarly bonkers 132.9mph (214km/h) trap speed.

This wasn’t some sketchy manufacturer-released time, but a private owner at a drag strip.

The 567kW supercharged 5.2-litre V8-powered super-coupe is claimed to hit 0-100km/h in just 3.3-seconds but this 0-400m time and speed tells us far more about the gigantic performance hiding inside Ford’s most mental Mustang.

With the rear tyre pressures lowered to 24psi to provide maximum grip, the line-lock function turned on and the launch control set to 3200rpm YouTuber Speed Phenom knocked down the mid-10.0-second pass despite being an admitted novice at drag strip driving.

What this means is there is a stack more quarter-mile potential in the GT500 once you fit proper drag-spec radial tyres, brim the tank with E85 or E100 fuel, and maybe throw a few more pounds of boost into that giant 2.65-litre supercharger! Will we see a 9.0-second factory muscle car?