2011 Shelby GT500 First Drive

2011+shelby+gt500 2011 Shelby GT500 First Drive

For 2011, Ford’s taken the 2010 Shelby GT500, swapped its heavy iron block for a new aluminum one with a wet sump (The Ford GT’s engine, on which the GT500′s is based, used a dry sump, this is a different block despite the aluminum), in the process dropping 102 lbs from the nose and 120 lbs overall. Power is also up 10 HP to 550 HP and torque remains unchanged at 510 Lb-Ft. Electricity replaces hydraulics for the power steering and there’s a new Z-brace for the steering rack that ties into to the radiator support, similar to the one employed on the 2011 Ford Mustang GT. HID headlights are now standard.
For 2011, Ford’s taken the 2010 Shelby GT500, swapped its heavy iron block for a new aluminum one with a wet sump (The Ford GT’s engine, on which the GT500′s is based, used a dry sump, this is a different block despite the aluminum), in the process dropping 102 lbs from the nose and 120 lbs overall. Power is also up 10 HP to 550 HP and torque remains unchanged at 510 Lb-Ft. Electricity replaces hydraulics for the power steering and there’s a new Z-brace for the steering rack that ties into to the radiator support, similar to the one employed on the 2011 Ford Mustang GT. HID headlights are now standard.

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