Engineers from Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT) recently visited the Virginia International Raceway to take some track and speed measurements of the 2011 Shelby GT500 with the optional SVT performance package. Luckily, they managed to drag along a video camera along with their tools and instrumentation, and posted the subsequent video for our enjoyment.
This wasn't all fun and games, mind you. Engineers were curious how much faster the latest iteration of Ford's ultimate Mustang is around VIR than the 2010 model. That's a good question, considering the 2011 model receives a number of upgrades (including the aforementioned performance package, which adds wider forged aluminum wheels, stickier rubber, a 3.73:1 drive ratio, stiffer springs, and revised aerodynamics) designed to help it move 'round a road course.
The result? An entertaining video, and a 2:58.5 lap time around the 4.1-mile course. In contrast, the 2010 GT 500 lapped VIR in 3:07.4, nine seconds slower. Seems like moving to an all-aluminum aluminum engine (which shed 102 pounds) and retuning the suspension did quite a bit of difference.
Want to experience it for yourself? Sadly, you'll have to wait a little while, as the GT500 won't roll into dealerships until later this summer. Until then, enjoy the video by clicking here, and look for a larger media blitz on the snake-bit Mustang to emerge sometime next week.
Source: YouTube, Ford