Feature Flick: Ford’s 2013 Shelby GT500 Shows Off Its Launch Control

The late Carroll Shelby said this about the 2013 Shelby GT500: “[owners] want to leave a Corvette in the dust at a stop sign.” With 662 hp on tap, the GT500 should be able to beat many Corvettes, at least in part thanks to its launch control system that allows drivers to effectively use that power.

Ford’s two-minute video, which you’ll see below, shows a little bit of how the system works: it sets an engine speed when the clutch is in and the gas pedal is floored, then tweaks throttle response and engine power to make sure the car hooks up and doesn’t overly spin its wheels at launch. With the “extremely simple” launch control engaged and on a drag strip, we found that the Shelby GT500 can hit 60 miles an hour from a stop in just 3.8 seconds and finish the quarter mile in 11.78 seconds, noting that along the way the Shelby “screams and whines like a demonic toddler having a meltdown.”

Like many of Ford’s other Shelby GT500 videos, it’s good to see the late Carroll Shelby giving some advice to the GT500’s engineering team and taking the car out for a spin. Considering that it out-powers the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and can hit a top speed of 200 miles an hour, we’re pretty sure the 2013 GT500 is worthy of the Shelby badge.

Source: Ford via YouTube

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2013 Ford Shelby GT500

2013 Ford Shelby GT500

MSRP $59,200 Base Convertible

0-60 MPH:

3.5 SECS


15 City / 24 Hwy

Horse Power:

650 @ 6250