Late last week, we caught a glimpse at the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 in Grabber Lime. We also have some real-world photos of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 in Race Red marking the first time we have seen the 2020 GT500 in that hue. One key difference between this Race Red GT500 and the Grabber Lime car we saw last week is that the Race Red ride has stripes, which are optional on the GT500 traditionally.
Starting at the front of the car, the bulging fenders cover the wide wheels and tires. The large front double grille opening gives the car ample space to slurp up air to keep the supercharged, hand-built 5.2-liter aluminum engine cool. One thing notable about the stripes is that while they skip the black section in the center of the large grill, they are added on the bottom of the front bumper directly above the splitter. Just as we spied on the Grabber Lime car, the Race Red car has a heat exchanger peeking out under the driver side turn signal that we presume to be the oil cooler. We also get a glimpse at the heat extracting hood.
Blowing up the front image to larger proportions appears to show the tell-tale hump of a backseat headrest indicating that this car the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 with the available Handling Package that adds adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with a Gurney flap. The available Carbon Fiber Track Package adds in exposed carbon fiber 20-inch wheels that are 11.5 inches wide in the rear (a half-inch wider than the Handling Package wheels), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing with splitter wicker and integrated dive planes. In that Carbon Fiber Track Package, the rear seat is deleted.
Looking down the side of the Race Red 2020 GT500 you can see the side skirts helping to direct airflow down the flanks of the car leading up to the larger flares over the 11 inch wide rear wheels. The end plates of the large rear wing are in clear view. Dual stripes are fitted on the side of the car along the bottom a couple of inches above the side skirts. It’s unclear if there will be stripe colors other than white, traditionally blue stripes and black stripes are an option on some GT500 colors.
The rear of the Race Red GT500 shows the uprights of the spoiler and the stripes continuing to the bottom of the rear bumper right above where the rear diffuser starts. Ford also fits the rear of the car with a large striking Cobra.