Speed:Sport:Life is all about the cars. Recently we were blessed with one particular car we couldn’t wait to run hard and put away wet. We
hammered the crap out of drove the 2011 Ford SVT Shelby GT 500 (Can I get a hallelujah?!) in the Targa Trophy Rally. Check out how this physics defying horsepower monger faired through the Racer Boy Review Categories.
What kind of girl will this car help me meet?
The fast kind. The girl that rides shotgun in a Shelby GT 500 wears a short skirt and has a passion for acceleration. She’s the type of girl who likes burnouts (the tire smoking kind, not the pot smoking kind) and doesn’t complain when you do donuts in the Walmart parking lot. She just smiles and says she loves it when her hair smells like burnt rubber. Now you’re all picturing in your minds a young hot girl, however, chances are this will be more of an older lady. You see the Shelby name is a blast from the past. His achievements are that of yesteryear. The people who love Shelby cars remember what he accomplished racing in the sixties, twenty years before the girl you were picturing was born. I’ve found that most hot young girls couldn’t tell you the difference between a V6 Mustang, a 5.0 or the Shelby GT 500. They like Mustangs, but don’t really appreciate the huge differences between the three. But if you’re lucky enough to convince one to sit in the front seat and you stomp on the “go” pedal, she’ll become a quick learner. This car leaves the line so hard it might just knock her panties off.
What kind of burnout can I do with this car?
The ultimate. This thing will absolutely melt the tires. With supercharged 550+ horsepower under the hood these poor tires don’t have a chance in hell of surviving the first 5,000 miles. With the traction control and electronic stability control engaged this beast will chirp the tires like… a Honda Accord. With the electronics turned off, this car will leave two beautiful long black stripes behind you everywhere you go. But remember, with the electronics turned off, this car will also try to kill you everywhere you go.
Can I fit a body in the trunk of this car?
If you only murder heroin addict prostitutes who are a touch on the short side, yes, you can fit her strung out skinny body into the trunk. If you knock over a hot dog eating truck driver, the only way you’re getting his fat ass in the trunk of the Shelby is with a power saw.
Will this car get the attention of Johnny Law?
Does Johnny like powdered donuts? Absolutely. This monster has two racing stripes down the center, an awesome supercharger whine, a killer exhaust roar and enough power under the hood to break seventeen laws within the first forty feet you move it. This car is insanely fast. It begs you to drive it insanely fast. And it will probably get you a ticket… insanely fast. Believe it or not, most cops are car guys (which is why they became cops, so they can drive as fast as they want), so even if you aren’t breaking the law in the GT 500, they are going to stop you just to check out the car themselves (so you really don’t want to have that dead hooker in the trunk).
Can I back up while talking on my cell phone and eating a cheeseburger?
Since this is a Ford is has the Sync system which easily hooks your phone up and works wirelessly you’ll have one hand free for the steering wheel. But because this thing is a six speed manual, it’s tough to hold the cheeseburger, and put the car into reverse. The seats in the car are great for holding you in place as you launch this baby down the drag strip and toss it into corners, but that sort of seat shape makes it tough to look over your shoulder. But there is a solution to these problems. Instead of backing up, turn off the traction control, put the car into first gear, rev the engine to four grand and drop the clutch. The car will spin around so fast that half a second later you will be facing the opposite direction and now you won’t need to back up. So who cares?
Is there enough room in the backseat to get a little something-something?
This is going to be a bit tough and uncomfortable. If you’re going out with a gymnast you might be able to pull it off. This back seat is less for sex and more for insurance purposes (two seaters are a lot more expensive to insure). Even though the back seat is out, the car does come with a tilt steering column so… use your imagination.
How many clams is this bad boy going to set me back?
$48,000 for the Shelby GT 500 and it’s worth every single penny. This car spoiled me for life. I will never drive anything else without comparing it to the GT 500. It was wicked fast, handled great, looked cool, sounded awesome, was fun to drive hard and also to cruise slow. It did all of this with a reasonable ride height and a trunk and back seats.
Is there a motorsports event where this car could be competitive?
This car would dominate any drag race. And surprisingly this car, previously known for being a straight line whore, would do great in a road course race or autocross. Ford put an all aluminum engine in this mother. This was the single biggest change that really made the 2011 Shelby GT 500 the serious contender that it has become. Losing that enormous amount of cast iron weight over the front axle made this car incredibly balanced. The huge Brembo brakes never faded (and I tried, during the Targa Trophy believe me). The Shelby accelerates like nothing else, stops great and handles phenomenally for the size car it is. This car should come from the dealership with a membership to the National Auto Sport Association for track days.
Randomness and Extras
The stripes on the car left me wanting something a bit thicker. They just seemed too thin for my senses. Previous year Shelbys had the stripes just right. I don’t know if Ford changed them because they wanted to differentiate the old GT 500 from the new (the new being far better) or if they were just running out of stock on red vinyl tape.
Running the car in the Targa Trophy Rally was the ultimate road test. We had 300 miles of mountain roads, tight curves, and coastal roads with long straights by the ocean. I think they need to call this the GT 500-P, P for passing. This thing has such great torque, it would pass anything (accept a gas station). We had to stop for fuel on each leg of the rally due to the small size of the Mustang’s fuel tank. The fuel stop left us a little behind on time, so we had to let the supercharger make that up for us (which it easily did without complaint).
If you’re interested in information other than if you can back up while talking on your cell phone and eating a cheeseburger or what kind of burnout the car will do, you can get those nerdy sort of stats at Ford’s Shelby GT 500 page.
The 2011 Ford SVT Shelby GT 500 has been officially Racer Boy
thrashed on road tested.
Photography by Ryan Siu.