It turns out the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 might share some of its parts with Chevrolet’s Corvette.
While most automakers don’t like to admit it, not every component of a car is designed and built in-house. Particularly complex or rarely used components--such as a supercharger or a transmission--are built by smaller companies to use in larger carmaker’s vehicles.
It’s a very rare thing to find a vehicle that was 100% made by a single manufacturer, so it comes as no surprise that Ford’s new Shelby Mustang GT500 has a Tremec-sourced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and an Eaton 2.65-L supercharger. What is surprising is that both of these components might be shared with the Mustang’s arch-rival, the Chevrolet Corvette.
According to Road & Track, the Tremec TR-9007 7-speed DCT found in the Mustang might be the same one featured on the upcoming C8 Corvette. We can’t know for sure since the C8 has yet to be released (and specifics on the transmission haven’t been leaked), but R&T have dug up a few old internal newsletters at Tremec that say both Ford and GM will use the TR-9007.
Those newsletters didn’t say specifically for which cars, but we know the GT500 has the TR-9007 since its release in Detroit, so it seems likely that the other car is the upcoming mid-engine Corvette.
The second shared component is the Eaton 2.65-L TVS R2650 supercharger. Car and Driver report that they reached out to Eaton and confirmed that the TVS R2650 that pushes air into the Corvette ZR1’s 6.2-L LT5 V8 is the same one used on the GT500’s 5.2-L V8, but with a few minor differences.
"The GT500’s supercharger has the same base rotors as the Vette, but everything around it has been redesigned/customized for this application," Eaton told Car and Driver in an email.
Neither Ford nor GM have commented on the two articles.
The 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 hits dealers late this year with 700 horsepower and a mid-3-second zero to sixty time.