The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is proving to be a seriously competent drag car in the hands of owners. From the factory, it can sprint to 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, and hit the quarter-mile in 10.6. Earlier this month, we saw a lightly modified example break into the nine-second range, setting a new record. Now, that record has fallen to an even quicker GT500.
This orange Shelby, owned by Lee Dennis and driven by Ken Bjonnes, sports just a handful of modifications. A more aggressive pulley, a new exhaust from Lethal Performance, a bigger fuel pump, and an E85 tune are all it needs to make 877 horsepower and 832 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. Pair that with a set of ultra-sticky Toyo R888 tires, and you get a quarter-mile time of 9.7 seconds at 144 mph—a new world record for 2020 GT500s.
That Racing Channel on YouTube told Road & Track via email the car made over 900 horsepower to the wheels using a different air induction kit that wasn’t yet designed to fit under the hood. The owner hopes that once the car hits the 1000-horsepower mark and a bit of weight reduction is done, times in the eight-second range could be possible.
We can’t wait to see how much farther the new GT500 gets pushed at the drag strip.
Mack Hogan contributed to this report.
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