Engineering Explained is here to give you more details about the upcoming 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500.
We already know a lot about the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. We know that it will come with a 5.2-L supercharged V8 that produces 760 and 625 lb-ft of torque--more than any other Ford ever made. We know it'll have a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and be capable of racing from 0-100-0 in just 10.6 seconds. And we also know that it'll weigh just under 4,200 lbs.
But what you did not know is pretty much everything else that Engineering Explained details in his latest video. And there are a lot of things to explain.
If you're an automotive engineering nerd, then this is the channel for you. Engineering Explained follows his name and goes into the weeds about any new car, and it doesn't get any more exciting than the GT500.
First, there's the extra cooling. According to Ford engineers, the new engine on the GT500 produces enough waste heat to keep 12 residential homes nice and toasty, requiring the GT500 to have an entire extra radiator to keep itself cool. The upshot is that the GT500 can spend all day at the track without overheating, but the downside is that its an incredibly energy-inefficient engine.
Engineering Explained also has some complaints about the GT500's gearing. The new Mustang tops out in 5th gear, making the 6th and 7th gears overdrive gears for additional fuel economy. Nobody ever looks at the GT500 for fuel efficiency, but it's explained that Ford needed to comply with fuel economy regulations and thus made the top-most gears for highway cruising.
Mr. Explained is a novice driver, but even without practice he was able to get the GT500 to run the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds, and he has no doubt that a more experienced driver in better conditions would be able to hit the Ford-claimed time of 10.7 seconds. He was able to get from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds, so we have to give him some credit.
There are more tidbits to learn, such as the GT500's complete lack of supercharger whine (Dodge seems to have cornered the market on that), but you'll have to click the video above to find out about 'em.