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Gone in 60 Seconds ‘Eleanor’ GT500 Up for Auction 8
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Eleanor GT500, Events, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds, Movie, News, Shelby, Shelby GT500 on 04 8th, 2013
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The 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 infamously known as Eleanor from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, is up for auction. You can have a genuine piece of automotive history and big screen action if you are the winning bidder of Eleanor during Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction in May 14th through the 19th.

Of course there were several Eleanor GT500’s used in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie, but this one was the ‘Hero’ car driven by Nicolas Cage himself during movie close-ups. The Vehicle, along with many other stunt vehicle creations in the movie, was built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the help of master designer Chip Foose. Powering this vehicle, as well as other on-screen Eleanors, is a 351/400 horsepower Ford crate engine.

Hit up the mecum.com auction site to get more information or register to bid on the vehicle at auction.

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Gone in 60 Seconds ‘Eleanor’ GT500 Up for Auction 8
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Eleanor GT500, Events, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds, Movie, News, Shelby, Shelby GT500 on 04 8th, 2013
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The 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 infamously known as Eleanor from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, is up for auction. You can have a genuine piece of automotive history and big screen action if you are the winning bidder of Eleanor during Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction in May 14th through the 19th.

Of course there were several Eleanor GT500’s used in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie, but this one was the ‘Hero’ car driven by Nicolas Cage himself during movie close-ups. The Vehicle, along with many other stunt vehicle creations in the movie, was built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the help of master designer Chip Foose. Powering this vehicle, as well as other on-screen Eleanors, is a 400 horsepower Ford crate engine.

Hit up the mecum.com auction site to get more information or register to bid on the vehicle at auction.

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Nurburgring in the USA: Car and Driver Intros 2013 Lightning Lap Contenders at VIR – Video 24
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Camaro ZL1, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, 2013 Camaro 1LE, audi, Audi RS5, Audi S6, Automotive, BMW, BMW 335i, BMW M5, BMW M6, Caprice, Car and Driver, Chevrolet, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Editorial, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Fiat, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Ford Shelby GT500, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Jaguar, Jaguar XKRS, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG, porsche, Porsche-911, Shelby, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, video, VIR on 01 24th, 2013
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Ever since lap times at the Nurburgring became a benchmark for a vehicle’s over-all performance, there has been a need to find a ‘benchmark’ track in the USA. Car and Driver, along with many other enthusiasts, think we already have such a track, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

Virginia International Raceway seems to be the ideal choice for testing a vehicle’s over-all performance dynamics. With the elevation changes, the Grand West Course’s 4.1 miles, 28 turns and proven effectiveness to challenge experienced race car drivers, VIR is the ideal home-grown Nurburgring. Car and Driver sets out to VIR for their Lightning Lap annual track torture test and brings us the official preview to the dueling test along with a run-down of the contenders. Enjoy the video below!



2013 Ford Shelby GT500 First Drive 6
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Shelby GT500, Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Shelby, Shelby GT500, Test Drives on 09 6th, 2012

Could you imagine the excitement when I had the chance to drive the all-new 2013 Shelby GT500 packing in a monstrous 662 horsepower and being the last Shelby production vehicle that the late Carroll Shelby was able to sample? It is like a non-stop road-going rollercoaster that only pauses when the gas tank is depleted of its premium fuel – always a big smile on my face.

You would be hard pressed to walk onto a dealership lot and find anything near 662 horsepower without a hefty 6-figure price tag. The all-new 2013 Shelby GT500 is the epitome of an American muscle tradition that has probably reached a paramount in a time when big V8 engines are at the end of their era. For now, we shall let the good times roll on and soak up as much of what the new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has to offer.

The new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, interestingly enough to say, isn’t a car for just any enthusiast. It is for the enthusiast who has a live self-conscious of piloting a fun-machine that can instantly turn into a nightmare if they don’t have a certain level of respect for what it can and can’t do. Speaking of respect, the new Shelby GT500 is the king of Mustangs sporting the most powerful production V8 engine around. The new aluminum block 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine is a masterpiece with a total of 662 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 631 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.

A $3,495 performance track package option, found on my GT500 test vehicle, allows all of this power to feed the rear wheels by means of a Torsen limited-slip differential. The performance track package also includes sportier springs aided by electronic adjustable Bilstein dampers with Normal and Sport select modes via cock-pit button, larger anti-roll bars, external engine oil cooler, rear diff cooler and transmission cooler.

The suspension setup is actually pretty remarkable rivaling the Camaro ZL1’s magnetorheological suspension system. In Normal mode, the GT500 has a civilized ride with excellent dampening over most driving conditions. In Sport mode, the Bilstein dampers are set to an aggressive dampening setting giving the GT500 a harsh and responsive ride but adapted specifically for those track days. Although I did not take the GT500 on a track, I could easily see it being quite a handful even with the Sport suspension setting and traction control left in the on position.

The new Shelby GT500 gets forged 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch out back wrapped in sticky Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires, built specifically for the GT500. To put it lightly, the new Shelby GT500 is on the verge of its limits of tire adhesion even with these remarkable tires. Disabling the driver-nannies completely will easily burn up the rear tires all through 3rd gear. Although, the traction control system puts forth its excellent programming as to not instantly sap wheel spin provided it detects the GT500 going in a straight line. A slight bit of lateral slip is allowed, but with 662 horsepower the system is apt to bringing things to a crawl when the slippery rear-end starts to oversteer.

The new Shelby GT500 is fierce in a straight line, however, its tracking ability is diminished by requiring the driver to continually modulate the throttle when hitting twisty roads or track turns. Unlike the GT500’s Mustang Boss 302 sibling, the GT500 has a tender spot with so much available power throughout the RPM band. I would not go as far as to say the GT500 is not a track-worthy vehicle. I would, however, conversely admit that it takes a “seasoned” race car driver to lay down consistent track times.

It may be a good gesture for Ford to give new owners of the Shelby GT500 some track lessons before letting them loose on public roads in this beast, which is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and run down a full quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 135 mph. One thing to note, 60 mph can be reached in just 1st gear and the coveted top speed of 202 mph can be reached in 5th gear. I would not recommend trying the latter yourself. Gearing ratios are pretty good with the slight exception of 6th gear. 6th gear is extremely tall, landing the engine at a low 1400 rpm when cruising around 60 mph. 6th is strictly a highway-cruising over-drive gear to help the GT500 achieve its 24 mpg highway figure. City mpg, as expected with a 600+ horsepower vehicle is estimated at 15 mpg but I saw a diminished 13 mpg all day long during my “spritely driving adventures.” At 100 mph, you will be sitting at a nice low 2000 RPM – don’t ask me how I know this, just go with it. In the end, 6th gear is basically keeping new buyers from paying a gas guzzler tax.

A new Launch Control system, enabled by a dashboard button, allows the driver to pre-set a starting RPM for a virtually effortless mad dash to 60 mph and beyond. With Launch Control enabled, you select 1st gear, lay on the throttle at a stop and dump the clutch letting the ECM unit modulate the throttle and rear brakes to limit wheelspin. The system works well but does require you to dial in the right RPM range for the best launch depending on your surface conditions. You will want to try the system more than once, twice, or maybe even three times selecting different RPM increments. Don’t worry, the beefed up (strengthen case, internal bearings and helix angle of gears changed for handling extra torque) TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission, the only transmission choice for the GT500, and dual-disk ZF clutch with increased clamping load and performance friction material, will stand up to the job just fine. Just be sure to check those 285/35ZR-20 tires in the rear after each run for enough left-over tread.

Just like the Shelby GT500 predecessors, the new 2013 GT500 gets proper interior treatment that basically revolves around the optional ($1,595 option) ‘Shelby Man Leather’ Recaro bucket seats. The Recaro seats provide excellent lateral support with appropriate bolsters surprisingly proving to be fairly comfortable on long hauls. The steering wheel is accented with leather and alcantara wrapping. Using Ford’s latest dashboard cluster with center color LCD screen allows the driver to display different live gauges, such as boost, oil temp, air inlet temp and other vehicle information. There are track apps within the LCD screen for timing 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, quarter mile and even 8th mile times. The track apps even let you record braking distance and g-forces, too. Setting position is a bit too high for my taste but over time you tend to get used to it after your back continually gets depressed to the seat-back after feeling the furry of the supercharged V8.

SVT engineers put forth their best efforts to make the new Shelby GT500 a contender in the performance world without bloating the vehicle with unwanted weight. The over-all vehicle weight is down to 3,852 pounds with a 56/44 – front/rear weight distribution split.

On all GT500s you get a light-weight carbon fiber driveshaft (to handle 200 mph and save weight), massive 15-inch Brembo vented brake rotors up front clamped down on by six-piston calipers, and 13.8-inch vented rotors using single-piston calipers in the rear. Pop open the aluminum hood of any new Shelby GT500 and you will take notice to the blue powder-coated valve covers, a large cold-air intake, a massive blower with its pulley wrapped by an extra-wide belt (no slipping here), and the signature of the solo engine builder.

When pitted against the competition, the Shelby GT500 fairs well in a straight line as mentioned earlier. Track affairs will basically come down to drive competency while the GT500’s less-powerful Mustang Boss 302 has more of a track aptitude in comparison. Nevertheless, the new 2013 Shelby GT500 is the most horsepower you can find in a new car at a starting price of just $54,200. Adding the highly recommended track package for another $3,500 still puts this 662 horsepower beast in a horsepower-bargain category.

The new Shelby GT500 may go down in history as we slowly start witnessing an era where massive horsepower numbers are no longer at the forefront of automakers agenda. EPA regulations and greenhouse gas minders will probably see to it that vehicles like the GT500 go the way of the dinosaurs. For the time being; get it while the getting is good, and it is good!

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Shelby GT500 $54,200 / As-Tested $63,475
  • Engine: 5.8-liter DOHC Supercharged V8 662 horsepower @ 6250 rpm / 631 ft-lbs. torque @ 4000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 107.1 inch
  • Total length: 188.2 inch
  • Total width: 73.9 inch
  • Total height: 55.1 inch
  • Track: f/r-61.9/62.5 inch
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/29.8 inch
  • Headroom: 38.5/34.7 inch
  • Turning circle: 33.4 ft.
  • Gas tank: 16 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,850 lbs.
  • EPA mileage: 15 mpg/city, 24 mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds


2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Video 20
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Camaro ZL1, 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevy Camaro, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Shelby GT500, Shelby, Shelby GT500, video on 06 20th, 2012

The ultimate modern-day pony car war starts and ends with the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. These two cars are the epitome of modern American muscle cars utilizing the best that automotive technology has to offer. What everyone wants to know, despite the Shelby GT500 having an obvious 98-rear-wheel horsepower advantage over the Camaro ZL1, which one is apt to take home the checkered flag.

What it all comes down to in finding a true victor, is the type of tests that you put these two American muscle monsters through. The Shelby GT500, sporting the most powerful production-car V8 engine, is the obvious victor when it comes to straight-line 60 mph or even quarter mile runs. After-all, it is over 200 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1. Of course you better be a good driver to be able to claim a win over the ZL1 in a straight-line, it isn’t much of a pushover. Straight-line performance is not the tell-all as you will have Camaro ZL1 fans tell you. When it comes to the handling department, it seems the Camaro ZL1 is more of the conqueror.

So, you have the Shelby GT500 with and slight edge in power and the Camaro ZL1 with an edge in handling attributes. Which one would you take to the track confident to walk away in 1st place?

Hit up the comparison video below and check out some of the hard numbers Inside Line gets from these two vehicles.



2013 Shelby GT500 Finally Pegs 200MPH: Video 7
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 200mph, 2013 Shelby GT500, Automotive, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, GT500, Shelby, video on 06 7th, 2012

We previously posted a closer look at the new 2013 Shelby GT500 where the engineers at SVT attempted to push the GT500 to 200 mph. In their enduring attempts on the hot desert, they fell short of 200 mph by only a few miles-per-hour. As a follow-up, Ford has released a video of the Shelby GT500 pegging the 200 mph mark on the Nardo test track in Italy.

It was always in the playing cards to actually hit 200 mph since the new 2013 Shelby GT500 is said to have the capability to reach such a speed. This means everything to the marketing team at Ford who now have a much easier task of touting their 662 horsepower pony car to finicky enthusiasts. Check out the exclusive video of the 200 mph GT500 run below.



Videos: A Closer Look at the new 2013 Shelby GT500 30
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Ford Mustang, 2013 Shelby GT500, Automotive, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500 on 05 30th, 2012

A few recent reviews of the new 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 have somewhat downplayed the vehicles over-all demeanor in terms of lacking inspiration. Whatever conclusion you may get from the new Shelby GT500, you cannot deny the massive 662 horsepower 5.8-liter V8 engine’s enthusiasm. With that much power on tap, and a decent 24 mpg estimated highway fuel consumption to boot, this makes for one of the best V8 engines to come off of a mass-production assembly line.

Another particular aspect about the new 2013 Shelby GT500 is its ability to reach a speed of 200 mph. The engineers at SVT, Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, show their faces in the exclusive videos below giving us a taste of what the new Shelby GT500 is all about. Not to mention, they show us the GT500 hitting a few mph shy of the 200mph mark in the middle of a hot Desert.



SPEED TV Wants To Give You A Custom Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Contests, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Kurt on 01 5th, 2012

If you’re a die-hard gear head, chances are good you’ll be tuned in to the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on SPEED. Even if you’re not lucky enough to be bidding by phone from the comfort of your yacht anchored in Monaco, it’s still entertaining enough to drool over the cars coming across the block, and to test your knowledge of collector car prizes.

If you’ve watched previous auctions, you know that Hagerty Insurance sponsors something called “Fantasy Bid,” which allows us unwashed masses to win prizes by guessing the correct selling price of selected cars as they cross the stage. It’s not your garden variety swag, either, since this year’s grand prizes include a 60-inch Samsung 3D television, a $500 Amazon gift card and a Kindle Fire Touch. And a tuned Shelby GT500 Mustang.

Here’s the good news: the winner of the Mustang will be chosen at random from the pool of registered Hagerty Fantasy Bid players, so you don’t need the same in-depth knowledge of car prices that you would to win the other prizes. That’s a good thing, because even those of us who work in the industry and know a thing or two about car prices don’t stand a chance of beating the ringers who can usually guess the exact price of a car by its description.

The Shelby GT500 up for grabs comes packing an upgraded Ford Racing supercharger, which boosts output from 550 to 750 horsepower. There’s a Ford Racing exhaust, a Ford Racing handling pack, a Wilwood braking system with added cooling ducts, a beefed-up cooling system from C&R Racing, a 3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft and assorted aero and body parts from the Shelby catalog. The car was designed with the help of 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., both of whom know a thing or two about going fast.

To get more details on how to enter, head on over to the SPEED website.







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