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Old 12-03-2015, 06:02 PM
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Default A GT500 can be fun ...

But showing off just ain't worth it.

I have nightmares about this happening to me:






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Old 12-03-2015, 10:31 PM
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Default Re: A GT500 can be fun ...

Somebody needs to take their gas away.
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Default Re: A GT500 can be fun ...

Ouch.

Dry pavement. No hazards. Shit happens.

Clearly these kinds of cars need to be handled with kid gloves...
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Gone in 6 seconds.
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:09 PM
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Well, that's slightly terrifying. It must take a lot of practice to ensure that you can control a beast like that.
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:22 PM
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Default Re: A GT500 can be fun ...

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Ouch.

Dry pavement. No hazards. Shit happens.

Clearly these kinds of cars need to be handled with kid gloves...
I actually lost control a couple of times (no damage) before I realized that there are very few circumstances under which it's safe to go full throttle. Even at 60 mph on the freeway, a romp on the skinny pedal can result in wheel spin.

I'm still surprised that Ford built and sold this car, from a liability standpoint.
They only made them for two years, but that's still around 11,000 of them, minus the ones already wrecked (I hope to never add mine to that group).

It is widely believed that the Trinity engine will never be built again, but you never know.



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Old 12-06-2015, 01:04 AM
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Default Re: A GT500 can be fun ...

I'm guessing that engine's about the same size as your old Smart car. Probably weighs more, too.
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Old 12-06-2015, 03:21 PM
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... Probably weighs more, too.
The engine is almost entirely aluminum, weighs in at a modest 620 lbs.

They're still available as a replacement part, complete engine is around $30,000. Some guys (not me!) are buying them as backups, worried that they won't be available later.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:52 PM
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Geez! No traction control on these? Too much power to the rear wheels. Reminds me of an old 2stroke dirt bike
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:11 AM
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Geez! No traction control on these? Too much power to the rear wheels. Reminds me of an old 2stroke dirt bike
It actually has a pretty good electronic traction control system. With it on it's just dangerous, with it off it's INSANE.

Part of the problem is the original tires (Goodyear Eagle F1), they're designed for the track and don't get good traction unless really hot.

Another part of the problem is the rear suspension (three control arms and a panhard bar). The high torque causes the rear axle to shift, causing the rear end to move one way or the other.

I'm in the process of replacing the tires with large diameter drag radials, replacing the panhard with a Watts link system and adding a torque arm. Hopefully, this will put more power to the ground while keeping the car in a straight line. Those who have made these changes say that it makes a huge difference.

From 2015 up, the Mustangs have independent rear suspension, so they're a whole different animal. I hear they do very well on the track, although they have a lot less power than the 2013/2014 Shelbys. Over all, probably a lot safer car.
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