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2020 GT500 Flashes its Fangs at the 2019 Shelby Bash!

Ford Performance sent out the 2020 GT500 to honor Carroll Shelby and this years largest Shelby event. The 2020 GT500 was shown at the 2019 Shelby Bash. This was the first private event that the highly-anticipated fast Ford has been on display. The Shelby Bash celebrates the life of Carroll Shelby, the enthusiasm that his legacy spawned, and the cars that emerged. Ford Performance sent this new Shelby to honor the man and to show fans what exciting and iconic cars are yet to come.   The 2020 Shelby GT500 sitting outside Shelby American at the 2019 Shelby Bash.   : The deep rich mango metallic 2020 GT500 with a black roof proudly sat outside at the two-day track event at Spring Mountains Motorsport Resort in Pahrump, Nevada. Equipped in the carbon fiber track package, this is one of only three prototype GT500s, and it showed off its stripped-down, lightweight, road-racing configuration. The carbon fiber package offers interior carbon fiber dash pieces and other interior accents, no rear seat, 20-inch carbon fiber wheels (20x 11 front/2011.5 rear), and a large carbon fiber wing pulled directly from Fords GT4 race car. The wing offers two adjustment angles, race and street, and it provides 550 pounds of downforce, compared to the 300 pounds that the GT350Rs carbon fiber fixed rear wing produces. The carbon fiber package is meant for the road course and may in the future me known as the GT500R. The non-carbon fiber package 2020 GT500 is known as the drag configuration, and it comes with rear seats and a smaller rear spoiler. However, the drag configuration may likely have a higher top speed due to having fewer drag-producing aerodynamic parts.   Parked outside of the Ford Performance booth, the 2020 Shelby GT500 was displayed at the two-day track event in Pahrump, NV.   Sitting inside the GT500, you notice the lack of a shifter of any kind. The new gear selector knob is actually much bigger than expected, measuring about 2 1/4-2 -inches. The Digital Instrument Cluster amazes with its 12.4-inch display that rivals iPads for screen area; the age of high tech has come into Performance cars with a bang. The seats are similar to the GT350 in that they are the same as the Recaros in the GT350, but with some added leather accents. The drag version will have the option of Recaros or the cushier, less bolstered seats that are electrically controlled.   The 2020 GT500 showing off its carbon fiber wheels, hood vent, and enormous brake package.   Looking at the dash, you see the drive modes that look like an automatic, however this is no average automatic, is a computer controlled dual clutch transmission that can perform gear changes in milliseconds and are controlled by paddle on the steering wheel. The horsepower is still an unknown, Ford Performance makes sure to point out that they are still working on eeking very last ounce of performance from the engine. Looking under the hood was off limits, and the horsepower is stated by Ford as 700-plus.   The massive 16-inch rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers were incorporated into the design of the car to ensure fade free stopping performance at the track.   The brakes are massive. The six piston Brembo calipers grip the 16.5-inch steel rotors. These front brakes are an inch larger than the brakes found on the GT350. The reason for the increase is weight. The supercharger and additional heat exchangers added more heft to the car, and the increased brake size was needed to haul it down to a stop. Comparing the two, you definitely see the difference in the calipers, as the GT500s calipers look so massive that it would be easy to imagine them on some gigantic industrial machine they are Godzilla big! The carbon fiber wheels are a seven-spoke design in clear-coated carbon fiber. With only a small gap between the caliper and rim. It is clear that Ford only used as big of a wheel as they needed to clear the brakes, and the carbon fiber construction helps reduce unsprung weight and rotating inertia for better on-track performance. The color of the car was special- different than Fords 2018 signature color of Orange Fury, this new unnamed color was a shade or two darker and was more of a mango or apricot than orange. It sparkled in the sun, with its metallic pigments glimmering, reinforcing the notion that this car is special.   The 2020 Shelby GT500 was displayed next to a 2018 GT350R all weekend. It allowed Ford to compare and contrast its two halo Mustangs.   The GT500 and GT350R Ford was adamant that their two halo Mustangs fill different niches. Although the GT500 was meant to be the quickest and fastest Mustang ever made, it is not a replacement for the GT350R, it is more nuanced than that. If you want over 700hp, a millisecond shifting transmission, and a mid-three second 0-60 time, then choose the GT500, but if you want the pure enthusiast, three pedals on the floor, race car experience with a unique flat plane crank engine that revs to 8,250rpm and sounds like a Trans Am car, then select the GT350R. Both cars were historically meant for different tasks, with the GT500 being the big power car, and the GT350R being the track day specialist. Ford has held to this heritage, and the new cars are akin to Porsches Supercharged GT2 RS and naturally aspirated GT3 RS. The GT350 and GT350R will stay around for the 2020 model year because Ford wants the two cars together in the dealership. This is the first time in over 50 years that you can go to the dealer and buy either a GT500 or GT350, said Ford Performances Jim Owens. Its a historic moment in Fords heritage that they are excited to recreate.   The 2020 GT500 leads the parade lap at the second track day of the 2019 Shelby Bash.   At the Shelby Bash, Ford decided to put on a special show for the attendees by driving the car on a parade lap. This was unexpected because this is a prototype car, its not even pre-production, but Ford wanted to honor Carroll and the event with this iconic display. To make the occasion even more special, Carroll Shelbys grandson, Aaron was in the passenger seat next to Owens who was driving. Before jumping in the car, he spoke to the attendees about the new car and Fords excitement and glee about being back at the event and conversing with fans. The enthusiast community has always been a part of Mustang, and the new GT500 would usher in a new era.   Driving the GT500 is Jim Owens of Ford Performance; Aaron Shelby is riding in the passenger seat.   Once inside of the car, the GT500 lead the parade, followed closely behind by OVCs continuation 1965 G.T.350 Competition driven by Jim Marietta with Ted Sutton, two of Carroll Shelbys original employees. The GT500 pulled off to the side and let the parade continue, revving its engine as the cars passed by. Ford and Shelby American Inc. honored their heritage in bringing this car out to the private event, and as a gesture, it honored the past and the future in the two companies long and historic relationship.     The 2020 GT500 pulls aside as the parade continues around the track. The other cars rev in celebration. Owens and Shelby wave, honoring their fellow Mustang brethren. Source: Ford Motor Company Shelby American Inc. 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