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2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake takes output up to 800 HP

The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is already flying off the shelves of the famed American tuning company, but for those that demand even more power, Shelby decided to unveiled the 2011 versions of its famed Super Snake package.

The 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake packs a variety of upgrades over the outgoing model. Anthracite wheels, white stripes and a new type of hood scoop are all present, but the biggest change was made to the 5.0-liter V8 engine, which received new superchargers

You can order the Super Snake in three flavors, either a 660 HP, a 750 HP or a whopping 800 HP, which promises to be the fastest Mustang on the block.

Only 1,000 Shelby GT500 Super Snake packages will be offered, each costing around $30,000, without including the price of a new 2011 Ford Mustang GT.


Geiger tunes 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to 799 HP

The 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is already quite an impressive machine, having many fans both in its native North America and in other continents like Europe. But Karl Geiger, the boss of Geiger Cars tuning company took his passion for the model much further than most guys.

Not content with the 550 HP the 5.4-liter V8 produced in stock form, Geiger and his team added a new Whipple supercharger, larger throttle valves, an upgraded fuel injection system and ported cylinder heads, taking the output to a dizzying 799 HP and 697 lb-ft of torque. This translates in a top speed, at least according to Geiger, of 220 mph.

The massive increase in power also demands an increase in stopping performance, and Geiger fitted 15-inch, six-piston brakes. Other handling upgrades include the three-disc carbon clutch and the heavy duty six-speed transmission. A racing chassis and adjustable control arms for the suspension were also added.

Overall, I’m sure this 799 HP 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is something even Caroll Shelby would approve of.


No twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 for Shelby GT500

Ford made the wish of many Mustang fans come true when it announced the new 5.0-liter V8 engine, which will debut on the Mustang GT this spring. But soon after the hype was beginning to fade away, rumors appeared that the company is preparing a special twin-turbocharged edition of the engine, presumably for the Shelby GT500.

Sadly, according to Mike Harrison, which is Ford’s chief engineer on the 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines, such a thing is impossible. It seems that the new 5.0-liter unit is already occupying a large chunk of the engine compartment, meaning that there isn’t any place to fit the two turbochargers. Any sort of tricks like putting them in the valley of the engine, would mean excess heat for the hood, or putting them lower in the bay would mean excess turbo lag, so there isn’t any way to create good layout.

Seeing as how Ford doesn’t want to commit to any big spending at least for the moment, the upcoming aluminum 5.4-liter will be the new heart of the Shelby GT500.


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The new Shelby GT500 based on the 2010 Ford Mustang

With the new 2010 Ford Mustang unveiled about two months ago, it was just a matter of time before we got to see the new Shelby GT500. With its debut scheduled for the Detroit Motor Show next week, the most powerful car to come out of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is powered by a supercharged and intercooled 5.4-liter dual overhead cam V8 engine which is expected to deliver 540 hp and 510 ft-lb of torque.

Among the new features the 2010 Shelby GT500 sports are: nww gearbox enhancements which allows the car to deliver improved acceleration performance and better highway fuel efficiency, aggressive new exterior design with new functional details, such as the hood extractor to remove heat from the engine and “Gurney Flap” spoiler to tune rear downforce and a new exclusive interior featuring genuine materials such as real leather in all seats, real aluminum on the instrument panel and Alcantara inserts on the seats and steering wheel.

Built at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, the 2010 Shelby GT500 will be available in dealerships this spring.

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