According to a new report, Ford’s upcoming Mustang GT500 can only reach a top speed of 180 mph.
The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will go on sale this summer as the most powerful Mustang ever built. But according to a new report from Car and Driver, it won’t be the fastest Mustang ever built. That’s because Ford has stuck the thing with a governor that limits its top speed to 180 mph.
Previous-gen Mustang GT500s had a claimed top speed of 202 mph.
Despite the fact the GT500 will come with a supercharged 5.2-L V8 with “over 700 hp” on 93-octane fuel, Ford seems to be rebranding the car as a track machine rather than an all-out speedster. Their latest press release focuses on the car’s aerodynamics and cooling as well as an "innovative new rear spoiler design, standard on the base 2020 Shelby GT500 and known by the aero team as ‘the swing’ – a hybrid between a spoiler and a wing."
In addition to the fancy wing, advanced 3D modeling was used to contour every surface of the GT500 to maximize both cooling and downforce (within the confines of a traditional Mustang shape, of course). Testing was also performed in wind tunnels before moving on to real-world race tracks, such as the Virginia International Raceway, NOLA Motorsports Park, and GingerMan Raceway.
At its flat-out speed of 180 mph and wearing the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, the GT500 will make 550 lbs of rear downforce. With the Handling Package and its rear Gurney flap, downforce drops to 379 lbs at 180 mph--still an appreciable amount without even having a wing.
Cooling was also a huge concern for the GT500’s engineers. To keep the new ‘Stang’s engine from catching fire, the front fascia was redesigned with 50% additional opening volume that "increases cooling pack airflow through six heat exchangers at top speed by 50 percent versus the existing Mustang GT350 design."
It’s just too bad it won’t outrun the old GT500 in a straightaway.