The folks at Motor Authority snagged some spy video of the new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 hitting the Nürburgring. Unfortunately, rain hit the 'Ring first, so while there are still some potent exhaust noises emanating from the 662-horsepower 'Stang, there isn't a lot of tearing it up on the slick surface.

Let's talk nemesis, namely the 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1. The battleground established, the Chevrolet folks turned their verbal turrets on the Shelby and fired high-impact rounds – see Exhibits A and B – on their way to setting an 11.93-second drag time and a "Holy smokes!" 7:41 lap at the 'Ring. Since there's no reason to dawdle round the 'Ring, we have to expect that Ford's fly-by has some sort of recon purpose.

As many will bring up once the time is set, the Shelby has a mess of advantages on paper: more horsepower, more torque, less weight. No matter, for as Cormac McCarthy wrote, there will be blood. We still don't know whose blood it will be, but oh yes, one of these cars is going to bleed. Embedding of this video has been disabled, so follow the YouTube link to watch the Shelby in action.


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      Kinda slow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acid tonic you are the biggest ho-o I've ever come across in these posting your probably 12 and ride a vespa. Please leave the discussion to the big boys and head back to the ricer forums.
      Shayne Wolfe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely love this car but something that worries me are those skinny rear tires (in comparison to HP/TQ). Those are the same size I have on my 03 mach 1 with 330hp, couldnt imagine double the HP with the same size tires. Cant wait for this to come out.
      Michael Sexton
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Camaro felt far more composed on the track than the Mustang. "I can put this thing right where I want it!" barked Randy as he slid the car around with one hand. Although heavier than the Mustang, the ZL1 still changes direction easily and is capable of pulling higher g-forces mid-corner. The constantly variable damping rates make the Camaro feel as though its tires sink into the track. Bumps that shook the Boss simply disappeared and never upset the ZL1. More important, more of the track became usable since curbing wouldn't throw the Camaro into a tailspin. Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1203_2012_chevrolet_camaro_zl1_vs_2012_ford_mustang_boss_302_laguna_seca/viewall.html#ixzz1uffjBFJE
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll say this much, that motor sounds absolutely amazing.. but the car almost seems like the chassis can't keep up well with the power. I guess the fact that it's wet out might be exaggerating the effect.
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see what 1/4 mile and ring times this puts down. Finally put all the theoretical racing to bed.
      roy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mustang is a Icon and the most Important name in American History because it's the only car in America thats never missed a year of production since 1964,Shelby is the 2nd most Important name in History for being the 1st after market maker without knowing it and the Baddest Boy on the block with the GT350 And GT500 before Ford start making the Mach 1s and B0SS 302,351,and 429. This car has made Carroll Shelby and John Force rich and fameous,every name you put on it sells cars the 1st Bullitt didn't of pure till 2001 now it too has a following there are more models of Mustang than any car make to date.B Ware of the Pony....
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds great!
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mustang fan boy logic.......stat sheet and great sounding exhaust = Fastest car ever around the ring I think when and IF ford ever comes out with lap times i think it will put into perspective how incredibly fast the zl1 is on the track. The mustang should be very close to the camaro's lap time but its annoying to hear people cut down the camaro and think just because of the HP rating of the mustang it will automatically be faster. HP was never the gt500s problem....
        Rico
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        Chevy fanboy logic = GT500 loses: "Lololol way to suck with an outdated setup, IRS is the only way to go." GT500 wins: "Whatever, it's not a fair fight if you have 80 more horsepower."
          Mike McDonald
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rico
          I'm sorry, but even when Mopar does add a supercharger option to the 392, the cars will be slow compared to the competition if the suspensions aren't seriously sorted out and if there are no decreases in weight. I'll give the Cherokee SRT-8 credit, due to the fact that it really has no American competitors except maybe the CTS-V Wagon in dry conditions on the road. And maybe the new Ford Explorer Sport (not really though...). I'll also praise the new Viper for being perfect in every possible way. But the 300, Charger, and Challenger are very far behind in performance and far too heavy. They are good looking, though. I never got why Dodge didn't release a Challenger Convertible OR the SRT-10. I guess they still have time for the SRT-10, but a convertible based on the current design would look outdated.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rico
          Mopar fanboy logic = GT500 wins ZL1 loses: "You guys have blowers... Wait till I supercharge my HEMI/SRT8!" ZL1 wins GT500 loses: "You guys have blowers... Wait till I supercharge my HEMI/SRT8!" Anything else: "You guys have blowers... Wait till I supercharge my HEMI/SRT8!"
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is rain a problem? It's a real sports right? A Mitsubishi 4 door sedan ran an 8:11 time in the pouring rain with less than 300 horsepower. Surely the Mighty GT500 with twice the horsepower can best that time even in the rain. After all it's a much better car and much more practical right? It just seems so easily defeated.....
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Will you please STFU???? Is there a SINGLE article that you post in where you DON'T mention your Evo or the Evo in general? "ahh, well I don't understand why you'd ever want to buy that Fiat 500. Why wouldn't you buy a used Evo with 550AWHP instead?" Your garbage is annoying. Stop it.
        Mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        pouring rain? this is pouring rain to you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMimf1q7TxY&feature=player_detailpage#t=371s I hope you don't believe that even in bone dry conditions, a stock Evo IX will run 7:41 seconds....that would make you some kind of idiot. Ford's not trying to record some quick wet time, or come close to 7:41, and they're certainly not trying to pull an 8:11in damp conditions...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        [blocked]
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        "Pouring rain" my ass. It was a bit damp for the Evo IX, but no standing water at all. The GT500 on the track, you see more overcast skies, more standing water on the track, giving off reflections of the car and stuff. Water plumes behind the wheels. Also, with ultra high performance summer tires like on the GT500, any quick car (AWD or RWD, 300hp or 600hp) will lose a lot more grip than the higher tread depth tires on an Evo.
        Shayne Wolfe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I'd like to take big wet sh*t on your Evo right now, then sit there and laugh as you wipe it off with your hands. Take your rachet a*s Evo to a ricer forum. In the mean time, respectfully sir, shut the F**K up. You look and sound like an idiot.
        Pilotpit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Same reason NASCAR wont run in the rain but Formula One will?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pilotpit
          [blocked]
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This poker doesn't stand a chance. This Ford Compensation Device follows the same, tired/short-sighted Ford formula for truing to make a luke-warm car seem more appealing: Just add more power and call it a day. This thing will never put the power to the ground with it's mediocre/rudementary solid rear axle. Like all Ford's, the Mustang is stuck in the middle ages.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Well, then that doesn't say much for the Camaro and Challenger, what with their "up to date" independent rear suspensions and all. The current Mustang handles better than both of them.
          ngiotta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          ....and it's faster, has a better interior, better braking, costs less and on and on.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        I am sorry you are stuck in the middle ages and feel the need to compensate for your "confidence" problems by bashing Ford the same, tired, old way. F.uck off, fanboy.
      pasigiri
      • 2 Years Ago
      It never ceases to amaze me the tricks Ford can do with a solid rear axle. To be honest if they pull a good lap time on the 'Ring with that thing out back, all I can say is WOW (no, not world of warcraft).
        Rico
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pasigiri
        I'm convinced there's some legit sorcery going on at FoMoCo...
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      The title of this article is ALL wrong, it should read: "2013 Shelby GT500 caught opening a can of whoop ass at the Nürburgring"
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        It was raining, therefore the can remained sealed at the present time. Until next time...
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Oh how cute, you mentioned the Evo. Again.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Acid, Going by your logic, the only real sports car is something along the lines of a *FORD* Raptor pick up. Or a tank. Because I would like to see a stock Evo tackling extremely bumpy wildlife unpaved, or bashing 20 foot dunes, crossing rivers... After all, "Real sports cars perform well in all conditions if you ask me."
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Meanwhile, someone else in their AWD 4 door sedan ran 8:11 in the pouring rain on a tourist track day while this mighty GT500 with twice the horsepower and then some was rendered powerless and utterly neutered. Real sports cars perform well in all conditions if you ask me.
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