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2011 Ford Mustang GT500 at VIR – Click above to watch video after the jump

We know firsthand that both the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 and GT aren't just plenty quick – they're downright scary fast compared to their predecessors. It should follow, that the king of the heap 2011 GT500 should be similarly faster than the 2010 model. Let's just go ahead and call that one an understatement. Ford just dropped a tasty video on the interwebs showing the car lapping one of our favorite tracks – Virginia International Speedway.

Ford's engineers had it in their minds that the new aluminum block with its 120-pound weight savings should help the car click off the 4.1-mile Grand West portion of the track about three seconds quicker than the outgoing car. Thing is, the 2011 GT500 managed to lap the track in 2:58.5 – a full nine seconds faster than last year's version.

Progress is most definitely a good thing. Hit the jump to see the car do the dance.




[Source: Ford]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Its all smoke & mirrors with American car manufacturers. Spend a couple more K$ and
      drive a Sports car that will smoke any america car dollar for dollar, plus cover every dime in repairs or service for four years or 50,000 miles. The bare essential out of the box BMW M3 comes ready for the track or street. Then after a couple years and 30,000 or 40,000 plus miles you'll still reap at least 65% of your outlay and never spend a dime for any type of repair or service. Driving one makes you realize the big three are doing nothing but producing junk that looks real good, falls apart if you drive it hard every day then has the value of a used up street women of ill repute!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its all smoke & mirrors with American car manufacturers. Spend a couple more K$ and
      drive a Sports car that will smoke any america car dollar for dollar, plus cover every dime in repairs or service for four years or 50,000 miles. The bare essential out of the box BMW M3 comes ready for the track or street. Then after a couple years and 30,000 or 40,000 plus miles you'll still reap at least 65% of your outlay and never spend a dime for any type of repair or service. Driving one makes you realize the big three are doing nothing but producing junk that looks real good, falls apart if you drive it hard every day then has the value of a used up street women of ill repute!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everyone knows that after the BMW warranty is up they start to fall apart. As for performance dollar to dollar, the 2011 mustang GT 5.0 has basically the same numbers as an M3 and is 30k less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Ford. Hopefully by the time the z28 shows it will have dropped a few hundred. Love to see 'stock' car races between the 2.
        • 5 Years Ago
        By the time the Z28 comes along, the Boss will be out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would actually line to see this and the CTS-V Coupe have a duel. My money is on the V.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hold the phone - 2:58.5? That's faster than a 997 Turbo, the old SRT-10, Ford GT, and C6 w/ Z51. And it's only 3 tenths slower than a Z06. And 3 seconds slower than a GT-R.

      That's pretty ridiculous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, there's a ton of time that could be wittled off that lap and it was still pretty impessive.

      Seemed like the driver overcooked most of the big turns and then used the throttle like an on/off switch once he was straightened out. Just brake a little earlier and modulate that throttle better and I'd bet you could knock seconds off that time.

      It'll be interesting to see the lightning lap again this year with all 3 of the newly powered Mustangs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      142mph at 4500RPM. Nice. The driver looked scared or something though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      chayitian2

      Why don't you go away! You have been reported!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a good lap time for VIR. I would have thought that the car would have had a harder putting down power coming out of the corners. The turn-in characteristecs look good for the car, but it still seems to roll like it's pretty heavy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blah blee blaah of lateral acelarraation. Blahh blah blee
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does car and driver use flying lap times at VIR?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Comparing this time to others here: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201588
      it's very impressive, however, I wonder how much time a GOOD driver could get it to. It was pretty embarrassing watching this guy drive to be honest. Between the occasional line screw up (though for the most part his line choices were quite good), to him not down shifting before the turn and accelerating out the turn, to him being in too high a gear accelerating out the turn, and him accelerating then backing off, then accelerating and backing off again, this guy wasted a lot of time. I'm pretty sure we could see a savings of 2.5-3 seconds with somebody who knew the car well, knew the track well, and who was just a good driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      from the car and driver link someone posted.

      LL1: 2010 Ford Mustang GT > 3:13.3
      LL2: 2009 Nissan NISMO 370Z > 3:12.0
      LL2: 2010 Audi S4 > 3:10.8
      LL2: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS > 3:09.5
      LL2: 2009 Audi TTS > 3:08.4
      LL2: 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 > 3:07.4
      LL2: 2009 BMW M3 > 3:05.4

      look at just the plain 2010 GT and the 09 M3 numbers. Hmmmnnn Someone needs to put these two cars on a track!! It would be interesting to see just how much closer the 2011 5.0 GT is.
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      AUTO BLOG that would be a good article/blog.. So how about it?
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