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2010 Ford Mustang FR500CJ testing - Click above to watch the video after the jump

Testing is well underway on the 2010 version of the Cobra Jet Mustang, and from the looks of this new video released by Ford Racing, things are going very well. During a recent test of a development model with the new 2010 powertrain, the FR500CJ pulled a huge wheelie off the line in a perfect display of massive torque and traction. The ability to launch the front wheels off the ground is no doubt helped by the new aluminum-block motor underhood, which weighs far less than its iron counterpart. Will a version of this new lightweight motor make it into the 2011 Shelby GT500? We sure hope so. Watch the brief but awesome video after the jump.



[Source: Ford Racing]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      If its wheelies they want, its probably a lot easier in a Porsche!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Being rear engined probably helps but this is one of the few cases where a live axle is better than a fancy multilink suspension. Plus the only Porsches powerful enough have too much turbo lag for popping up the front.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have wet my pants. Holy crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      That first pic reminds me of that photo of a Mustang doing a wheelie
      and the words "No, your Honda can't do that" below, heheheheheh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clicking 'after the jump' brings you to the home page. D:
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the heads up. Fixed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just the new 2010 powertrain, not the whole car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lifting the front wheels on a purpose built drag car with 450+hp is simple. I'm not sure what the fuss is about. I don't have the parts list near me, but I'm sure the car has at least 4.10 gears, 90/10 front struts, traction/lift bars, slicks and a modified K-member. Add those parts to a dump truck and you'll lift the front wheels.

      Mentioning ZR1's and exotics says someone doesn't know much about drag racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But how does it handle the Nurburgring? Yes, I'm kidding, not everyone is completely taken by handling. I love drag racing, and this car is more of what I would want, even compared to million dollar exotics. Now they just need to toss that blower in the ocean and put a big single turbo on it.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think all GT500's should be built with the ability to wheelstand!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Your insurance company would love that :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      @why not the LS2LS7?

      The reason those other cars that you list won't do stands is because the tires lose traction before the torque builds enough to lift the nose off the ground.

      You need two things to do nose-stands like that... lots of torque, and lots of grip. Grip is usually what's missing from street-tired cars.

      Mount a nice sticky set of slicks on a ZR1 and a clutch that won't melt at a high-torque clutch-drop and a ZR1 will probably do stands all day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the ZR1 would require a lower rear end to raise the front wheels more than an inch or two. The amount of torque needed to raise the front of the car just isn't useful in day-to-day use because as you point out, you need drag slicks to use it for anything but spinning the tires. Even track tires will spin mightily with the stock gearing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that would be thoroughly TERRIFYING.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The wheel standing stang is not the 2010 model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes it is, thought it has the 05-09 body it is still considered a 2010 Cobra Jet. Weird I know
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a development model with the 2010 powertrain - so it's kind of in between. The CJ with the 2010 body style will debut at SEMA.
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