A couple of weeks ago we brought you footage and official times of the new Chevy Camaro Z/28 lapping the Nürburgring. With a 7:37.47 lap time, the Z/28 emerged as the fastest muscle car ever to lap the circuit. But what was missing from that picture was how fast the king of all Mustangs, the Shelby GT500, could manage to lap the Nordschleife.

Ford never released any information or footage of the GT500 on the Nürburgring that we were aware of – that is, until the guys at SVTPerformance.com put in a request for Mustang videos. Among the clips they received was never-seen, in-car footage of the Shelby GT500 lapping the circuit. And boy did it hustle.

Although not quite official, the video seems to show the GT500 lapped the venerated German track in a touch under 7:40. That would make it a tick or two faster than the Camaro ZL1 – but what of the Z/28? By Chevy's quoted time, the Z/28 is still faster than the GT500, but SVTPerformance suggests GM may have fudged the numbers a bit and scrubbed half a second or so off their lap time.

As the forum's administrator SID297 admits, judging lap times from video footage is not an exact science, so we'll leave final judgement up to you, the viewing public. But any way you slice it, these are some epically fast muscle cars. Check out the footage below to see for yourself.



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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not bad for a solid rear axle if it's true! The new IRS car should be able to trounce that if it's indeed lighter as well.
        Bernie Kressner
        • 3 Months Ago
        @4gasem

        4gasem - - -

        It's true.  And yes, usually IRS at about the same technology level will improve handling.  But don't rule out SRA just yet: a Mustang of any type equipped with Griggs modifications and Watts linkage can be wicked in the corners as well,---and still be able to put down gobs of power when acceleration demands it.

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        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        the new car will probably be at least 10 seconds faster.
      Number23
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will we get a Boss 302 N-Ring lap time?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Number23
        [blocked]
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe, but fact is, if someone was not going to buy this car because they are a Chevy fan, this figure is not likely to change their entire mindset.
      LBJ's Love Child
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford (AFAIK) has never published 'Ring times. The bottom line, as a Road & Track writer and car blog interim editor says, is that Nurburgring times are useless, 100% self-reported measurements, with no external verification... or even ISO certification. They are simply meaningless marketing tools when published (even though they can be useful engineering tools internally).
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's no information on this run. He says Ford send the video with no explanation. We don't know what's under the hood, we don't know what tires are on it, we don't know what they did to the suspension, we don't know the car configuration. If Ford really had something to crow about here, they probably would have released it themselves. I would suggest probably this video involves a car config they were testing, not the shipping one. It could be a difference as simple as testing with tires that your competitor (let's say GM) uses and you can't use due to an exclusivity. Or maybe they went the whole 9 yards and put Rs on, who knows? All we really know is that car was flying. I can't believe this guy is whining about 11 frames or whatever. The sun could go behind a cloud and change the track temp and make more than an 11 frame difference. Heck, GM took an official ZL1 time where the last portion of the track was wet.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        It helps a domestic look better... of course it will be ran front page as if news.
      voidaudio
      • 1 Year Ago
      At this level of performance, it's just down to the consistency of the driver and the conditions of track and vehicle. These are all seriously fast cars and I'd never get the chance to push them to such limits if they were the weekender in my garage.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty impressive.
      LAPD officer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, I reported this comment by accident. I thought I didn't put the " before the quote. :lol:
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol more people jumping on the nurburgring bandwagon.
      joseph
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm going to show my age here and it's for a reason. Born in 1950, it meant that in 1966 I acquired my drivers lic. From 1966 to 1970 Ford, GM & Chrysler spit out High performance cars left & right. Having lived 40 miles northeast of Detroit, I was lucky enough to live in a time period most today can only dream about. I sat on woodward ave. & gratoit ave. and let the clutch pedal go and discovered if that guy next to me doing the same could blow my doors off. My point here is this, It's 2013, not the 60's. These cars are $40 to $50 thou a copy. If you own one I really doubt you'll run into a z-28 or GT500 and let it loose like we did yrs. ago. And you sure aren't going to race your new car around some road course to prove your Z is faster than somebodies Stang. And it doesn't matter how fast Joe blow ran the quartermile or the Nürburgring loop, it's what "you" can do. Both of these cars are state of the art. They are both fast. To argue the merits of either car is a waste of breath. So if you own either car, enjoy what you got . And if you do run into some guy with a new Z & you are in your new GT500, stop at the nearest starbucks and enjoy each others company while sipping a latte. It's a wonderful thing to have 500 to 600 hp at the other end of that throttle!
      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to believe this!!!
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anything to help out a domestic.... Even if it's not a stock car or an official lap it gets mention if it sounds good. Meanwhile good handling cars that run just as fast from the factory like the GT-R, are never allowed to be ran with any mods or extra horsepower. Only their "official" times are ever mentioned. Kinda like how we haven't heard any info about those modded 1000awhp GT-R black editions and what times *they* would run. Where's the GT-R videos when they mod their cars to run damn near the 7:10 mark? Bueller? Or what about AMS's GT-R with all their sick track pack goodies? Does that car get a chance to brag about it's vastly improved ring numbers? Nope. Even though they filmed their 4 cylinder running 7:45. The whole thing reeks of favoritism.
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        AcidTonic = Nancy Kerrigan on the ground in the hallway screaming, "WHY?"
        Caarz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        What?? these cars are factory now it would be modified if they where called Shelby gt 500 Hennessy or Chevy camero Z/28 Roush
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        If you're upset there aren't enough videos of modded GT-Rs running the ring, then get a GT-R, mod it, run the ring and make a video. It's not anyone else's fault that the owners of these cars aren't doing what you want them to do. Crazy pariah syndrome.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
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        Andrew Ramos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        The GT-R doesn't handle as well as a Z/28
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