Shelby GT500

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2007 FORD SHELBY COBRA GT500 Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe Estimated base price: $39,000

Major standard accessories: power windows, driver seat, and locks; remote locking; A/C; cruise control; tilting steering wheel; rear defroster Sound system: Shaker 500 AM-FM radio/CD changer, 8 speakers

ENGINE Type: supercharged and intercooled V-8, iron block and aluminum heads Bore x stroke: 3.55 x 4.17 in, 90.2 x 105.8mm Displacement: 330 cu in, 5409cc Compression ratio: 8.4:1 Fuel-delivery system: port injection Supercharger Eaton R122, Roots type Maximum boost pressure: 10.0 psi Valve gear: chain-driven double overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters Power (C/D est): 475 bhp @ 6000 rpm Torque (C/D est): 450 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm Redline: 6000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN Transmission: 6-speed manual Final-drive ratio: 3.31:1, limited slip

DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 107.1 in Track, front/rear: 61.9/62.5 in Length/width/height: 188.0/73.9/55.7 in Ground clearance: 5.7 in Curb weight: 3850 lb Weight distribution, F/R: 57/43% Curb weight per horsepower: 8.1 lb Fuel capacity: 16.0 gal CHASSIS/BODY Type: unit construction Body material: welded steel and aluminum stampings INTERIOR SAE volume, front seat: 53 cu ft rear seat: 30 cu ft luggage: 13 cu ft Front-seat adjustments: fore-and-aft, seatback angle; driver only: front height, rear height, lumbar support Restraint systems, front: manual 3-point belts, driver and passenger front and side airbags rear: manual 3-point belts

SUSPENSION Front: ind, strut located by a control arm, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear: rigid axle located by 2 lower trailing links, 1 upper;trailing link, and a Panhard rod; coil springs; anti-roll bar STEERING Type: rack-and-pinion with hydraulic power assist Steering ratio: 15.7:1 Turns lock-to-lock: 2.6 Turning circle curb-to-curb: 39.0 ft BRAKES Type: hydraulic with vacuum power assist and anti-lock control Front: 14.0 x 1.3-in vented disc Rear: 11.8 x 0.8-in vented disc WHEELS AND TIRES Wheel size/type: 9.5 x 18 in/cast aluminum Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar; F: 255/45R-18, R: 285/40R-18 PERFORMANCE (C/D est) Zero to 60 mph: 4.0 sec Standing 1/4-mile: 12.5 sec @ 116 mph Top speed (governor limited): 160 mph PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (C/D est) EPA city driving: 13 mpg EPA highway driving: 21 mpg

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                                     NEW UPDATE INFORMATION (May 2, 2006)

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Well you knew it was coming and now it’s official, Ford has upped the rating on the Shelby GT500 to 500 base horsepower from the previous number of 475. The 500 hp rating was obtained using the Society of Automotive Engineer’s latest standard and was witnessed by an objective third party.
The Shelby GT500 goes into production in late June and should be available at dealerships sometime in July. If you were one of the lucky ones to get your name on a dealers list and plunk down your deposit you should get your car sometime this Summer.

Ford Press Release:
The most powerful factory-built Mustang ever just got even more potent. Final certification testing of the Shelby GT500’s 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 shows it will produce 500 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque – 25 more horsepower than preliminary estimates.
“With 500 hp and the Shelby name, this car is an instant legend,” said Hau Thai-Tang, director, Advanced Product Creation & SVT programs. “This is the most powerful, most capable Mustang ever.”

The Ford Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 is a result of Ford’s experience in developing the modular V-8 and V-10 engine series. The engine is force-fed air via a “Roots-type” supercharger providing 9 pounds per square inch of boost. It borrows the four-valve cylinder heads, piston rings and bearings, from the Ford GT engine.
The Shelby GT500’s 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 will be built at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Mich. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

The right to purchase the first 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 was auctioned for $600,000, with the proceeds benefiting the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation. The 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 goes on sale this summer.

Technical Specifications
· Type - V-8
· Manufacturing location - Romeo, Michigan
· Configuration - Iron Block and Aluminum Heads
· Intake manifold - Cast-aluminum with Roots-type supercharger and air-to-water intercooler
· Exhaust manifold - Cast iron
· Crankshaft - Forged steel
· Throttle Body - Dual 60 mm, electronic
· Valvetrain - DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
· Valve diameter - Intake: 37.0 mm; Exhaust: 32.0 mm
· Pistons - Forged aluminum
· Connecting Rods - Cracked forged steel I-beams
· Ignition - Coil-on-plug 
· Displacement - 330 cu. in. / 5,409 cc
· Horsepower - 500 hp @ 6,000 rpm (SAE Certified)
· Torque - 480 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm (SAE Certified)
· Compression ratio - 8.4:1
· Redline - 6,250 rpm
· Idle Speed in Neutral - 750 rpm
· Engine control system - Spanish Oak PCM
· Required fuel - Premium
· Fuel Injection - Electronic returnless sequential
· Oil capacity / type - 6.5 quarts / Motorcraft 5W-50 Full Synthetic Motor Oil
· Coolant capacity - 21 quarts
· Peak Boost - 9 psi


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The Shelby is being built in Flat Rock Michigan at a company called AutoAlliance
AutoAlliance is a third party that Ford uses and has used in the past to build cars like
Ford Probe, Mazda 626, Mercury Cougar, and now the mightly GT500.

June 12th is the first day that they will make the Shelby GT500, Ford will make approx 10K of these for 2006 and for 2007.
After that it has not been decided if the Shelby will continue, however Ford does have plans for other type of theme mustangs, such
as the Boss, or GT350.

As I find out more information I will post here.

Later all,

Bill



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