There's a reason the speedometer on the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 reaches all the way to 220 mph. By all accounts, Ford poured a substantial amount of development resources into the supercharged creation by running it through the ringer at some of the world's most hallowed courses. Those include the infamous Nürburgring and Italy's massive Nardo Ring. The automaker has finally released a video detailing some of that work, specifically on the Shelby GT500's high-speed dynamics. In order for a production vehicle to safely operate at 200 mph, the machine needs to not only be able to achieve the speed, but also to maintain the velocity safely.

It also needs to be able to stop at a moment's notice. As such, engineers ran the 642 horsepower sportscar up to V-max and proceeded to induce a full ABS stop. That must have been an interesting moment behind the wheel. Check out the video for yourself by scrolling below.



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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the entire run so that we'd be able to establish how long it takes to get to 200mph.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        Same here. That thing's probably creeping at that point considering the huge frontal surface area it has.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 2 Years Ago
      My last ticket was for doing 55 in a 45. I wonder what 200 in a 45 would cost?
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      jack s.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome.
      Evan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure I'd feel too awful safe at 200mph in a car that was originally designed as a $20K pony car. Just a bunch of tacked-on power ups rather than a product designed from the ground up as a pure speed machine like the exotics are.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evan
        Evan, you need to start reading some Popular Mechanics mags to learn a thing or two about mechanics in general. Tacked-on power ups?? Alot more to it then just putting out crazy horsepower. Aerodynamics to materials used in parts to achieve this speed in a safe manor, if you can call 200 mph safe in any sense.
        shan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evan
        That like saying you wouldn't want to push the limits of sanity in a C63 Black, which was "originally designed as a" $30k sedan.
        Hanson Bro
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evan
        Moron. Guess that coffee-canned Civic of yours is your point-of-reference.
        Termin8
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evan
        That's an incredibly non-fact-based remark. What do you know about how this car was designed? Or that of the so-called "exotics" you refer to? I find it amazing how people who most likely have more knowledge of light beer than cars, have so little problem passing judgment on and minimizing such an engineering milestone. Thank-you internet!
      11fiveoh
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would take serious balls to do a full abs stop at 200.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      i would hope a car would be stable at 200 mph with a full cage, lol.. i hate videos like this because they make everyday people believe they can do it too!!! well, i guess that's why we have video cameras; to record people crashing because they thought they could handle 650 hp.
        Jack Nymus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        I'd really like to hear your explanation as to why a cage changes how stable a vehicle is. At those speeds, aerodynamics is what counts- and as I'm sure you noticed from the video, the cage was on the INSIDE of the vehicle.
          Soul Shinobi
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jack Nymus
          Chassis rigidity is critical to stability at any speed and is what gives a vehicle a 'confidence inspiring' feel, as well as allowing suspension and aerodynamic modifications to do their work.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      This video is proof that people buying cars because they can do 200+ mph is ignorant and ridiculous and just a pure waste of money, especially in America. Even if you could legally drive that fast and not somehow end up dead and wrapped in a ball, you can't do it anywhere except for a handful of places...maybe. When you think about it, it is absolutely insane to spend $2 million on a Veyron because it can go 250 mph and then you can't do that speed anywhere other than VWs private track which they probably won't let you use even after you bought the car. All these Ring numbers, track stats etc etc are really meaningless in the real world for 99% of people who buy these things. Forget 200 mph, do 100 mph and enjoy sitting in a jail cell.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Well obviously this car isn't what you're looking for. I hear Toyota makes this car called a Camry. That's probably more your style.
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      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing flying off at 200 is monumental, let alone not floating. Okay, maybe if they made a convertible version I might have considered it for two seconds...
      carboy55
      • 2 Years Ago
      GT500: Allowing rednecks to go way too fast in all 50 states.
        GT500AMG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        LOL
        TPL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        I'd take a Mustang over a Porsche, or any German car for that matter. "Carboy55", that sounds about right, you're a boy, not a man. Grow up.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cookin' with gas! What was the line in the song Hot Rod Lincoln about the dotted line looked like a solid stripe?
        karman876
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Now the boys all thought I'd lost my sense, them telephone poles looked like a picket fence. They said "slow down, I see spots," the lines on the road just looked like dots.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's cool! BD
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