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RIP Carroll Shelby...
Friday, May 11, 2012 11:38 AM
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)
Friday, May 11, 2012 12:06 PM
Friday, May 11, 2012 12:09 PM
Friday, May 11, 2012 2:06 PM
... fully loaded, safety off...
Friday, May 11, 2012 3:54 PM
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Friday, May 11, 2012 6:38 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2012 2:38 AM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:28 AM
Quote:Originally posted by FREMDFIRMA:
He will be sorely missed - but you forgot his final project, Mikey!
Quote:With my car fitted with the optional "Track Pack" that increases cooling even further -- and bumps the sticker price to $65,120 from the $54,200 base number -- I took to the Road Atlanta racetrack. I braced for a punishing ride that would make me earn my lap time, and instead found a companion as calm and eager to reward as a day-care teacher. There was no understeer to speak of, and the rear was planted on power down. The gear ratios from the beefed-up Tremec six-speed manual were so long that the car tricks you into thinking you're going slower than you actual velocity. The car will do 60 mph in just 1st gear, and I was still in 3rd at 140 mph. It felt, dare I say it, tame.
And I didn't want it to.
2013 Ford Shelby GT500I wanted to manhandle the car, holding my breath every turn, praying I would emerge from the other side without bending metal or myself. I worried that in their drive to wrangle this herd of wild horses, the Ford engineers had actually done their jobs too well.
The same was true when I hit the country roads. The 242 additional horsepower in the GT500 over the upgraded Mustang GT barely made its presence known -- in part because the GT500 only makes its maximum when the car "over revs" from its normal redline of 6,250 rpm to 7,000 rpm in eight-second bursts, and the tall gear ratios prevent the chiropractic snap you'd expect when nailing the gas pedal. As a cruiser, it projects all the coolness a Shelby should, but I wasn't there to prance about. I brought spare boxer shorts and I expected to need them.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:43 PM
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