Listen to the sage words of the late Carroll Shelby: "650 horsepower? Nobody else has it." We're guessing this footage was recorded a little while back, before the final certified rating of the 5.8-liter supercharged engine in the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 came in at 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.

Indeed, there isn't a single car anywhere near the sticker price of the 2013 GT500 – not even the stupid-fast Chevy Corvette ZR1 – that offers as many horses under the hood as the most powerful production Mustang in history. Suffice it to say, reeling in 662 galloping ponies and sending them to the rear tires isn't an easy conundrum to solve.

And that's where launch control comes into play. It's a cool system, allowing the driver to alter the RPM held by the engine with the clutch depressed. Drop the clutch and, instead of watching your Goodyear F1 Supercar tires go the way of the Dodo, you hook up and take off down the drag strip.

Or, ya know, you could turn the system off and smoke bomb your neighborhood. See examples of both launch techniques in the video below, because whenever a video starts off with a prominent disclaimer, you know it's going to be good.


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      Luke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mike Rowe said it best: "That'll put a tingle in your willy."
      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      We live in great times, gents. Pick either this or the ZL1 and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is just a monster. Imagine if you have a Carrol Shelby signed one? I imagine he must have signed some before he passed.
        DocRobot
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Yes, it was good to see Carrol again in the video, but sad for the loss of a true great one...
          davebo357
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DocRobot
          Shelby was great and everything but I never understood his obsession with beating Corvettes on a drag strip since that's clearly not what they're made for. I never got why he didn't produce a modern Shelby Cobra instead of just supercharging Mustangs. Put this beast of an engine in a 2 seater with a low center of gravity and get it in some races!
          Stuka
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DocRobot
          @davebo357: He did make a modern Cobra, it was called the Shelby Series 1. However this was back when he and Ford were still "enemies". So it was powered by an oldsmobile V8. It was a great car, but not as good as it could have been. Ford also went through partial development of a new Cobra, but it was plagued with problems so the project was scrapped.
      Indubitably
      • 3 Years Ago
      Growing up in the late 90s my dream car was always an NSX in particular the "r" -- and it still is. I've just added this GT500 to my list. Thank you Ford!
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great work Ford, this GT500 looks better and better with each passing day...I think I'll need to take a look at it in person very soon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Indubitably
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since when has a Corvette directly competed against a Mustang? Ever heard of the Camaro you know... pony cars? GO back under your bridge please.
        Sean
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Why buy a car that's entire aspiration is only "beat a Corvette at a light" when you can just buy a Corvete for less money." Because only narrow-minded idiots would buy a car for that reason. Just shut up.
        IOMTT
        • 3 Years Ago
        For a road car, a nicely set up solid rear axle will do. Don't you appreciate the beauty of simple things that perform?
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        One more thing, Mustangs and Corvettes aren't really meant to be direct competitors, and shouldn't be, so I don't know why you feel the need to keep brining up the Corvette.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its great until things start breaking from launching it.
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Perhaps you are unaware that its designed to keep you from breaking things. If you launch too hard by dropping the clutch it will just spin the tires to keep the stress off the driveline.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      you idiots can keep on arguing about your Camaro/Mustang muscle-car war. I'm happy and will keep on cruisin' in my vette. And for all the haters who say stop comparing the Mustang to the Corvette...well, stop revving your everyday, cat-less Mustangs in front of me and peeling out, when you know I'll smoke you any day of the week.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        In this case, unless you have a ZR1, I'd like to see you "smoke" the new GT500. Nothing against Vette's, but lets not get ridiculous and think they're more than they are. Although I see that happen a lot, especially with some old head Vette drivers.
        Adam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        You're cool. Need for speed? Test driver unlimited? forza?
      Adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      "They don't have the sophistication that we have" -- Shelby Really? With a live rear axle? LOL.
        DocRobot
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adam
        Drag Racers prefer a live rear axle, it is stronger and hooks better than an independant rear end. Besides Adam, Mustangs do so well with that antiquated technology; handling at over .9, in panic stops with little nose dive, etc... Another Car Mag put a 2011 Mustang GT up against an M3 at Willow Springs (google that if you dare..) and the Mustang GT lost the lap by a whole 0.07 seconds! Randy Probst only had ecellent things to say about the car and thought the only thing the 2011 Mustang GT needed to beat the M3 on the track was a better pair of shocks to reduce bounce... Now the ride isn't as smooth with a live axle; but hey, a Mustang and a GT500 are Muscle Cars, I can deal with some shimmy over train tracks, especially if I induce it with some power induced oversteer. So Adam, you can keep your Independent Rear away from my Live Axle, thank you very much...
          Kyle Potter
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DocRobot
          You're a badass, DocRobot.
          prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
          @DocRobot
          yea, but this isnt the 70s-80s. straight line speed isnt all that matters anymore
          AndrewH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DocRobot
          Lies! It was 0.09 seconds. ;-) And to me, the more telling thing from that review was the 0.55 second difference when the capable amateur drove it. That difference favored the Mustang!
          Brodz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DocRobot
          Yeah, the Mustang also had more power didn't it? The mustang was also using every inch of the track, crab walking it's live axle all over it. Mustang is going IRS soon, and will be a better car for it.
      Blizzak454
      • 3 Years Ago
      its cool, but that old guy is out of his mind. nobody has 650hp? nobody is as technically advanced at ford? lots of people have launch control - pretty much every high performance car actaully. Lambos, Ferrari's, turbo Porches, Bugatti, Zonda, Koenigsegg, heck even the Nissan GT-R. so while the Ford is cool, and launch control is nice. Its not magic, and its not excluvise to ford.
        Raphymartinez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blizzak454
        "heck even the Nissan GT-R." The GT-R is a super car.... if you wanna go extreme EVEN the VW GTI has launch control LOL
        Rexxer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blizzak454
        That old guy is Carroll Shelby, show respect son. Look at how terrible the launch control systems are on lambos and ferrari's. They do practically nothing.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blizzak454
        forgot the ZL1 and ZR1
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kinda eliminates the "nice driving" kudos to guys at the strip though and replaces it with a "nice purchase of an electronic launch system... do you have to be in the car for it to work?" LOL!
        DC Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        OK. Why don't you name cars that put up better times that DON'T have launch control. I'm waiting. Launch control is common in high HP cars now days. Quit living in the past.
        Luke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Did you ignore the part where they said you could turn it 'OFF'? Is that how you live your life? Ignore the parts that don't fit with your ideal image?
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a trillionaire and would buy 50 even though I hate them. I'd build a parking lot that I'd park them in and urinate on them at every given chance. I know a lot about cars and money doesn't cloud my vision. karz...
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