2011 Shelby GT500 improves lap time at VIR by eight seconds

VIR GT500 Track Test

VIR GT500 Track Test

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For those who like videos today is your day as I have another good one for you.  Engineers with Ford's Special Vehicle Team were out doing some track testing with the new 2011 Shelby GT500 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) recently.  The track tests included pushing the new Shelby GT500 with the SVT Performance Package and its aluminum block to its ultimate limits on one of the most technical and grueling road courses.

Behind the wheel of the 550 horsepower Shelby GT500 is Vehicle Dynamics engineer Gene Martindale who looks like a seasoned pro racing around the track at VIR.  Compared to the 2010 model the 2011 Shelby GT500 had a lap time of 2:58.48 which is a whole eight seconds faster showing us the weight savings from the aluminum block and the SVT performance package really helped the GT500 around the track.  According to Ford the lap time at VIR is comparable to six-figure supercars, not bad for the Blue Oval.

The GT500 reached speeds of over 140 MPH on the straight aways along with pulling 1.1 g's.  Check out the video below.

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