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(from Ford Press
Release) 2010 FORD SHELBY GT500 PACKS MORE POWERFUL PUNCH
Vehicle Team (SVT) delivers a more powerful 2010 Shelby
GT500 increased to 540 horsepower, torque increased to 510
foot-pounds, downforce increased and drag reduced
New gearbox enhancements, plus a standard 3.55:1 rear
axle ratio, mean the 2010 Shelby GT500 will deliver improved
acceleration performance, while providing better highway fuel
Aggressive new exterior design features new functional
details, such as the hood extractor to remove heat from the
engine and “Gurney Flap” spoiler to tune rear downforce;
world-class materials and craftsmanship create the most unique
GT500 interior yet
2010 Shelby GT500 will be in dealer showrooms in spring
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 1,
2009 – The new 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers the most power and
refinement ever for a Ford SVT-tuned performance Mustang – and a few
“The 2010 Shelby GT500 demonstrates Ford’s continuing commitment to
high-performance vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice
president, Global Product Development. “In addition to the numerous
performance and refinement improvements inside and out, the 2010
Shelby GT500 is an estimated 2 miles per gallon more fuel efficient
on the highway.”
“We’re proud of the many enhancements that were developed jointly by
the Ford and Shelby Automobiles team last year that we’ve now
incorporated into the new 2010 Shelby GT500,” said Carroll Shelby,
founder of Shelby Automobiles. “Building on what we learned to
create the Shelby GT500KR, this new car offers a great combination
of power, handling and braking. It is truly a special car that is a
great deal of fun to drive.”
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team used the gains made on the 40th
anniversary edition Shelby GT500KR “King of the Road” Mustangs as
the performance starting point and built from there. The design
team, with a nod to the original Shelby Cobras from the 1960s, takes
those design cues even further with nuanced improvements in both the
coupe and convertible, each of which boasts a more-refined interior.
“Working together on the KR, the Ford and Shelby teams developed new
systems to continually improve the iconic Mustang,” stated Amy
Boylan, president of Shelby Automobiles. “Those lessons learned are
incorporated into the 2010 Shelby GT500. This approach will help
maintain Mustang’s leadership position at the front of the pack and
make the ownership experience even more enjoyable.”
“The muscle car segment is becoming even more competitive,” said
Jamal Hameedi, chief nameplate engineer for SVT. “We need to uphold
the Mustang badge with honor, the Shelby badge with honor and most
importantly the Ford badge with honor. The 2010 GT500 is the car
that will do all of that.”
The 2010 Shelby GT500 builds off the performance gains pioneered on
the special edition Shelby GT500KR. Horsepower and torque have been
increased, while the ride is more responsive.
More horsepower, more refinement,
The combination of added
horsepower, refinement and functionality makes the 2010 Shelby GT500
a unique high-performance car. The 2010 Shelby GT500 delivers more
horsepower and more torque than the outgoing model, thanks in part
to advancements pioneered on the GT500KR.
The 2010 Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged and intercooled
5.4-liter dual overhead cam V-8 engine expected to produce 540
horsepower and 510 foot-pounds of torque. The redline is 6,250 rpm.
The car’s aluminum power dome hood not only adds to the Shelby’s
appearance, it helps cool the engine through a hood extractor.
The Shelby’s open-element air induction system features a conical
air filter instead of a flat-panel closed system to reduce air
restriction. This approach allows more air to be pumped through the
engine, producing more power and increasing the engine’s efficiency.
A cold-air intake feeds the coolest air possible directly into the
air box, helping further increase horsepower. The intake
necessitated moving the Cobra snake badge to the other side of the
grille to enable maximum airflow.
The twin-disc clutch on the six-speed manual transmission has been
significantly upgraded, improving drivability and NVH. The discs on
the 2010 Shelby GT500 are larger – 250 mm in diameter compared with
215 mm in diameter on the outgoing model – and made of copper and
fiberglass to make them more robust.
A unique component of the twin-disc system is the control of the
intermediate disc. Rather than floating, it instead has six straps
that control the engagement of the clutch, improving drivability.
The 2010 Shelby GT500 offers customers improved straight-line
acceleration, plus fuel savings when cruising on the highway in the
top gears. Gears 1-4 remain the same, but fifth gear changes from
.80 to .74 while sixth gear goes from .63 to .50, meaning that the
2010 Shelby GT500 will turn lower engine RPMs in those gears and
deliver improved fuel efficiency. The new final drive ratio, from
3.31 to 3.55, enables the improved acceleration in lower gears while
complementing the revised fifth and sixth gear ratios.
The Shelby’s distinct sounds will be apparent as always, though with
new refinements, thanks to the work of the Noise, Vibration and
Harshness (NVH) team. A patented resonator placed between the air
filter and engine throttle body helps keep unwanted noise in check.
“You still hear the supercharger but not so that it’s intrusive,”
said Kerry Baldori, chief functional engineer for SVT. “It’s the
same with the exhaust. You want people to know you’re driving
something special, but you don’t want an exhaust note that
overpowers the whole interior.
“We spent a lot of time getting the right sound quality out of the
exhaust so you get that nice, crisp Shelby sound outside and a
pleasant sound inside the cabin. It’s a nice balance; one isn’t
overpowering the other.”
Driving dynamics also are improved, thanks to SVT’s signature
chassis tuning as well as new 19-inch Goodyear F1 Supercar tires and
forged aluminum wheels on the 2010 Shelby GT500 coupe and 18s on the
Spring and dampers have been optimized for better roll control,
giving customers more confidence when braking, accelerating or
turning. The new chassis tuning takes its philosophy from the KR
program, with a greater emphasis placed on primary body control.
The team also stiffened the steering shaft.
“All our changes were about making the car to respond as fast and as
predictable as possible,” Hameedi said. “The 2010 Shelby GT500
conveys an athletic, confident feel. The shifter, clutch pedal,
brake-pedal efforts and overall steering efforts are easier now. We
wanted to make sure we had a nice, crisp short-throw shifter that
was easy to go from gear to gear.”
The Goodyear F1 Supercar 19-inch tires have been upgraded, too. SVT
members developed a “recipe” for the attributes and characteristics
they wanted in the tire, which Goodyear’s team of engineers,
designers and manufacturers brought to life. The result is better
grip, better handling and better NVH properties, leading to a better
The wheels themselves complement the high-performance nature of the
2010 Shelby GT500. The 19-inch wheels are forged aluminum wheels
milled on both sides. The extra machining process creates “blade”
spokes with very thin, yet strong, cross-sections. The spokes have a
specific curve from the rim to the hub, not only for strength, but
also to accentuate the offset and width of the tires.
The 2010 Shelby GT500 features AdvanceTrac, Ford’s stability control
system with several options for performance. The default “on” mode
accommodates every-day driving, and a Sport mode delivers for those
wanting to put the Shelby GT500 through its paces on the track. The
system also can be turned completely off, although the anti-lock
brake system and other active safety systems remain in place.
Standard safety equipment includes: dual stage front air bags,
side-impact air bags and Ford’s Personal Safety System.
Numerous aerodynamic upgrades, including a redesigned splitter, were
made to the front end of the 2010 Shelby GT500.
“We worked hard to get as much downforce with as little drag as
possible,” Baldori said. “We worked to seal off the air that comes
in the front so it can’t go underneath the car. We spent a lot time
sealing components such as the radiator and intercoolor to get rid
of all the leak paths.
“The result of this evolution of aerodynamics is we’ve increased
downforce, reduced drag and improved the overall efficiency of the
2010 Shelby GT500.”
Directing the air so it’s used most efficiently was a painstaking
process that ultimately will be rewarding to customers. The design
of the front fascia and the car’s “flush” hood helps focus air flow.
The top grille focuses air into the radiator, with a rubber flap
inside the engine compartment helping to seal the system. The lower
grille helps cool the intercooler. SVT engineers also went as far to
block off specific diamonds in the front of the 2010 Shelby GT500’s
distinctive grille to help maintain the correct cooling and
A meaner, reskinned snake ready to
take to the streets
The 2010 Shelby GT500 is
the most-robust design and most-distinctive model of the new 2010
Mustang lineup. “The design we chose was a ‘flush’ hood where the
fascia defines the entire front of the vehicle,” Hameedi said.
“That’s very hard to execute from an engineering standpoint, but it
really sets the Shelby off as very, very different from the base
“This epitomizes the ultimate Mustang,” added George Saridakis,
Exterior Design manager of the Mustang and Shelby GT500. “It’s all
about power and expressing power.”
Saridakis said his team took a cue from the Shelby AC Cobra 427 with
respect to the front grilles, which are gaping and appear ready to
swallow the road.
Another obvious difference for the Shelby is the addition of racing
stripes, which also will now be available on the convertible.
“Racing stripes made their mark on 1960s-era Ford performance
vehicles,” Hameedi notes. “That’s something we feel is a key part of
the Shelby performance DNA – maybe more so than some of our
Rounding out the Shelby’s exterior modifications are the unique
signature coiled Cobra badges on the front grille and front fenders,
a more aggressive front splitter and lower-drag rear spoiler, which
added to improved aerodynamic features, round out the exterior
modifications. “We wanted the spoiler raked back aggressively to
minimize drag, but we also have an integrated Gurney Flap that
provides the downforce,” Saridakis said.
The all-new interior of the 2010 Shelby GT500 features genuine
leather in all seats, genuine aluminum on the instrument panel and
Alcantara inserts on the seats. The racing stripe theme is carried
through on the seats.
What’s inside counts with the 2010
The base 2010 Mustang
received a powerful new interior design. For the GT500, the interior
design team members challenged themselves to raise the bar even
higher to create the ultimate Shelby Mustang interior.
Using genuine materials such as real leather in all seats, real
aluminum on the instrument panel and Alcantara inserts on the seats
and steering wheel gave the appearance a precisely crafted,
jewel-like yet functional feel. “You’ll definitely know you’re in a
Shelby,” said Douglas Gaffka, Chief Designer, Shelby GT500.
The genuine aluminum finish panels have a unique-to-GT500
three-dimensional dimpled texture pattern inspired by racing clutch
plates, braided hoses and cross-drilled racing brake rotors. The
pattern has been painstakingly tuned to compensate for the compound
curvature of the instrument panels. In addition, the “GT500” logo
has been discretely engraved into the aluminum in front of the
passenger as a nod to classic Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s.
This unique aluminum finish panel is fully encapsulated by an
exquisite soft seamless TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) instrument panel
with a shape that resonates with Mustang’s powerful heritage. The
center stack flows into the console and features a sub-flush shifter
trim ring, flush cup holder door and lockable console stowage
featuring the word “SHELBY” engraved in its Satin Liquid Chrome
All 2010 Mustangs and Shelbys feature bright 360-degree rings
surrounding the gauge cluster, uninterrupted by the steering column.
These rings will come in chrome for the Mustang and a Satin Liquid
Chrome finish for the GT500. This finish is featured throughout the
interior. An intricate cobra is etched into the center of the
aluminum steering wheel badge. The Shelby Cobra appears at startup
on the navigation screen, and the familiar red “SVT” logo utilizes
new ambient lighting to illuminate the door scuffplate.
“When customers drive this car, they’re not only going to be
impressed by the performance and the Shelby heritage, but they’re
going to see all these carefully designed details and know they’ve
bought a well-crafted car,” Saridakis said.
Even the classic white shift knob – an icon of Shelby Mustang DNA
from years past – received special attention. First, it had to be
the traditional white. It also had to be specific to the Shelby. The
answer was to combine the racing-stripes theme with the traditional
“H” pattern found on shifters to create a one-of-a-kind knob. Like
the exterior, the racing stripes wrap from end to end, encircling
Wide suite of standard features on
the 2010 Shelby GT500
The 2010 Shelby GT500
includes several Ford innovations and industry-exclusive standard
voice-activated hands-free in-car communication and
entertainment system developed by Ford and Microsoft. The system
fully integrates most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and
digital media players, providing customers hands-free cell phone
and music selection capabilities – plus new 911 Assist and
Vehicle Health Report provided with no monthly fees.
911 Assist: When a phone is properly paired, turned on
and connected to SYNC, the system is ready to assist in placing
a call directly to a local 911 emergency operator in the event
of an air bag-deploying accident. The key advantage of SYNC 911
Assist is speed, as calls are placed directly to local 911
Vehicle Health Report (VHR): SYNC gathers relevant
information from the major vehicle control modules and packages
diagnostic data into a usable format in a matter of minutes.
That data packet is sent to Ford via an 800-number automatically
dialed using the customer’s paired and operable mobile phone.
Ambient Lighting System with MyColor™ allows drivers to
customize the interior lighting of the vehicle to suit their
mood. The enhanced MyColor system features seven base colors –
ice blue, purple, blue, orange, red, white and green. Customers
also can create 125 custom colors by mixing the red-green-blue
Navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link™ is an industry-leading
technology that will provide users with a unique, information-rich
in-car experience. The suite of data services includes
up-to-the-minute real-time traffic data with accident and incident
information for 78 markets, coast-to-coast weather data including
current conditions and five-day forecasts and fuel price information
for more than 120,000 gas stations. SIRIUS Travel Link also offers
sports scores and schedules and a listing of more than 4,500 movie
theaters with movie times, theater addresses, movie synopses and
This combination of
outstanding performance coupled with a fresh, exciting, well-crafted
interior intensely focused on improving the entire experience will
make the 2010 Shelby GT500 even more sought after, and a fitting
addition to a long and proud history.
The 2010 Shelby GT500 will be in dealer showrooms in spring. The
cars will be built at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat
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