2020 GT500 Governed Top Speed of 180MPH

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  1. JGillis

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    Just caught this on C&D...

    Ford Slaps a Top-Speed Governor on the Most Powerful Mustang Shelby GT500 to Date

    The Shelby GT500 will deliver the goods in corners, not just a straight line.


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    • The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be Ford's most powerful production car ever, but the automaker has been light on details about the forthcoming car.
    • We expect Ford's zero-to-6o-mph and quarter-mile claims to prove true, but we were taken aback by the information that the GT500 will have a governed top speed.
    • The GT500 goes on sale this summer.
    Dearborn is still mum on nearly every critical specification of its new GT500 other than these: it is Mustang based. It will feature a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 cranking out at least 700 horsepower. And now, that this, the most powerful production car Ford has ever created, is governed to 180 mph.

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    If you're a little let down that Joe Walsh's (at least) 39-year-old Maserati will outrun the brand-new Shelby, don't be. The cost associated with engineering a 200-mph car versus a 180-mph car is not insignificant, and it likely allowed for the wiggle room to include such performance-enhancing features as a dual-clutch automatic transmission and a rear wing borrowed from the Mustang GT4 racer. This should make for the most track-capable Mustang of all time and something that should rival the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE's pony-car record at C/D's Lightning Lap. Also, some of you may recall the mild embarrassment Ford suffered when many media outlets, including us, could not confirm the automaker's claim that the 2013 GT500, with its 662 horses brought to you by a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8, was capable of 200-mph travel.

    At top speed, the GT4-borrowed airfoil of the Exposed Carbon Fiber Track package contributes to a net downforce of 440 pounds. A Handling package–equipped GT500, with a Gurney flap attached to its hybrid spoiler-cum-wing "swing," develops about 220 pounds of total downforce. The base GT500 gets by with no downforce-aiding elements but the prize of being the quickest GT500 in a straight line, says Ford.

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    While we fully expect Ford's claims—under 3.0 seconds to 60 mph and a sub-11.0-second quarter-mile—to prove true, the difference between the base and Track package will likely be very close, as that package also includes carbon-fiber wheels from supplier Carbon Revolution. In our testing, we found the low rotating inertia to be a slight advantage. The front wheels feature a plasma-coated barrel, as they do on the GT350, to reduce the possibility that the front brakes' immense heat will compromise the wheels' integrity. The 20-inch GT500 wheels are also claimed to weigh the same as the GT350's 19s.

    Ford utilized 3D printers to cut development time while engineering the front-end package for the GT500. The massive hood vent, which can be removed to maximize downforce, started as a vent the size of an iPad and quickly developed into the size of an iMac. The front splitter wickets, L-shaped add-on strakes to aid net downforce, were also developed in a fraction of the normal time thanks to 3D printing.

    Again, the specifics are few and far between with this one. When we know more, we'll be sure to pass the information on. The 2020 GT500 goes on sale this summer.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26802817/ford-mustang-shelby-gt500-top-speed/
     
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    #2 Epiphany, Mar 13, 2019
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    Just saw this. Great article.

    Possibly before it got validated, these photos aren't showing the insert in the bumper for the front tow hook.
     
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    Only 180mph, that's a dam shame :lipssealed::curse:
     
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    If Ford wanted to compete with the ZL1 then why the limitation of 180mph. Makes no sense. The ZL1 is at 198mph.
     
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    The press release only talked about downforce numbers at 180 MPH. It did not specifically say it’s governed at 180 MPH. Where are they getting that information? Are they simply assuming it because Ford only mentioned 180 in the press release?
     
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    Among other reasons, the amount of air ingested into the front fascia becomes a problem at a certain velocity.
     
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    Meh so what, who cares about top speed. The likelihood that your gonna go over 180mph is slim to none. More than enough for 99% of the driving anyone will ever do. I would much rather them invest the money into handling development and refining the car over all then making it suitable for 200mph speeds. Good job Ford for putting he dollars where they needed to go.
     
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    I do. The best I could ever get at Daytona was 175MPH in a GT350R. To cut down lap times, faster acceleration to a higher speed is the only way to top a GT350R. I hope this report is not true.

    Im already assuming that the 500 will have the handling (or better) that the 350R has due to the aerodynamic models I have seen. Unfortunately it will weigh just a bit more though.

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    I agree. Getting to top speed is part of the game between corners. If that is taken away, lap times will suffer.
     
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    Only at higher speed tracks like Daytona, VIR, etc. The supercharged engine will get it there quicker, but it will cut out at 180?
     
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    I am assuming it will just stop increasing speed, not the motor cut out like overrev, if that is what you mean . My 2012 M3 was limited to 155 (kinda stupid) and it would just not go faster like your foot was all the way to the floor.
     
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    How many tracks can you do 180 plus? When I read about lap times I really ever see speeds above 165
     
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    As Tom said.....

    And this one right by my house....

    https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/
     
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    "tracks like Daytona, VIR, etc"
     
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    I understand why the car is limited but it is still odd. You would most certainly expect the new 500 to have a top speed higher than the last model. Shoot! I could theoretically reach 180 MPH in the R with some streamlining, down hill with a tail wind lol.
     
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    I still maintain my point that for 99% of people 180 is enough. Most of us can't push a car to 10/10. For the rest, r u telling me you won't just tune it and take the limiter off? Let's be honest if your pushing a car up to 180 and it's a mustang, your not leaving it stock.

    Also I have read in the past how terrible the prior gt500 handled especially at a higher speed. At least now that should not be a concern. Remember folks this ain't no Ferrari. Can't have everything. I'll take beating the others in the 1/4 mile and on a track over a high speed contest. But that's just me.
     
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    I could see maybe the base being limited to 180, but the Handling Package ought to have it removed as an option like the M cars do.
     
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    Yes! TUNE!!! Ask those 350 owners that have had the warranty denied due to engine failure because of a tune. The tune was not even installed at the time of failure and still Ford saw the tune record and voided his warranty.
     
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