The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is a downright mean performance car with outstanding track capabilities. Adding just another feature to its hard car performance attributes, Ford released some additional details today on the car’s launch control system.
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“Launch control is essentially a special mode of the traction control system that integrates the brake and engine management systems to keep the tires balanced on the peak of the mu-slip curve in order to achieve maximum thrust,” explains John Pfeiffer, senior engineer, SVT Vehicle Engineering. “With so much more power and torque on tap from the new 5.8-liter V8, launch control makes it easier for drivers to take advantage of the performance.”
Basically, when launch control is enabled, all the driver has to do is stomp on the accelerator pedal and then quickly release the clutch pedal. After that the electronics will kick and hold the engine steady and manage the rear brakes to allow the optimum amount of wheel slip for maximum traction.
“We recognize not every driver has the same style, and surface, tire and climate conditions vary,” said Eddie Khan, SVT Engineering supervisor. “Most of our competitors’ launch control systems have a fixed engine launch speed. We’ve given Shelby GT500 drivers the ability to adjust the engine speed to achieve best and most consistent performance, no matter where and when they drive.”
Refresher: Power for the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 comes from a 5.8 liter supercharged V8 making an outstanding 662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque. It weighs in at just 3,850. Prices start at $54,200 for the coupe and $59,200 for the convertible.
- By: Omar Rana