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Shelby Dragon Snake makes the GT500 even more potent for SEMA

Perhaps you read about the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds last week and thought, that’s slow. Fear not, Shelby American is here, and it’s bringing an even quicker GT500 to SEMA this year. Shelby says it decided to make the GT500 into a singleminded machine, prioritizing straight-line speed over everything.

It’s called the Shelby Dragon Snake, a name we fully support. Forget Super Snake. This Snake is a freakin’ dragon. As of now, the Dragon Snake is only a concept. Shelby doesn’t even have final power or acceleration figures for us. A stock GT500 is rated at 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, and Shelby says this Mustang is working with something over 800 horsepower. It’s not a huge improvement, but we imagine the 5.2-liter V8 is pretty well stretched out as it is. The only mechanical changes noted by Shelby are a “Shelby supercharger upgrade” and the addition of high-flow catalytic converters. All the other power gains are had via Shelby’s tune.

Shelby has also re-tuned the dual-clutch automatic for peak acceleration on a drag strip. The car’s bodywork was adjusted to reduce drag but also keep things under control on the strip. That big carbon fiber wing out back is worlds different than the massive, optional carbon fiber wing on the stock car. All the glass was swapped out for lightweight glass and Shelby has decided to use different lightweight wheels. However, Ford uses carbon fiber wheels on the GT500 with the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, and it’s hard to think of a better option than those. We’re extremely interested to see what kind of acceleration times Shelby is able to get out of this car. Ford estimates the stock GT500 will hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and the quarter mile in 10.7 seconds.


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Maybe 1000 hp

Snake on the side looks silly in my opinion.
 

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Demon snake?

Where did those pics come from?
 

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It's a shelby american drag focused SEMA concept car.
 

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I'd rather see them do a KR version that pulls weight and accents what the factory did.
 

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If produced, it appears that it's focuse will be the 1/4 mile and the wing on the back.
x2 on the Dragon Snake moniker and rendering on the side...:surprised:
 

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Shelby American is just that one guy that makes your family look bad. You don't want to acknowledge them, but you're kind of forced to look at them now and then.
 

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It seems to me that it picks up where the factory left off. Get rid of them pizza pie front rotors, large front wheels, extra cooling, etc. Drop a boat load of weight, increase the horsepower, throw in a tune, and put better wheels and tires on it. It's what most would wind up doing anyway (if drag is your thing)
 

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