Video: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 laps VIR faster than 2010 model

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 laps Virginia International Raceway

Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) recent hit the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) to do some track testing on the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.

Vehicle Dynamics engineer Gene Martindale piloted the 2011 Shelby GT500 coupe equipped with the new aluminum 550-hp, 5.4L engine and the optional SVT Performance Package. Martindale brought in a lap time of 2:58.48, over eight seconds faster around VIR than the 2010 model. Ford says that the lap time is comparable to six-figure supercars.

Refresher: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe and Convertible are powered by a 5.4L supercharged V8 making 550-hp (an increase of 10-hp) with a peak torque of 510 lb-ft. The new powertrain weighs 102 pounds lighter, resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel-economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision. Buyers can also opt for the SVT Performance Package to further enhance performance. For 2011, the Shelby GT500 gets an EPA-projected fuel-economy of 23/15 mpg (city/highway).

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– By: Kap Shah