Vaughn Gittin Jr. Goes Flat Out In New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Video

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How’s this for a combination – pro rally driver and star of the Gymkhana video series, Ken Block, pro drifting world champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., one of the most important automotive events of the year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and oh yeah – the new Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal series production Mustang ever produced. Sounds like a helluva time, no? Well, this 10-minute, 45-second video has ‘em all.

Coming to us courtesy of the Hoon Master himself, Mr. Block, the video is shot on location at the recent running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For those who may be unaware, Goodwood is an annual hill climb event that takes place in England every summer, playing host to all kinds of exotic and über-fast metal.

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Even among a selection of mid-engined ultra-mega-cars, the new Shelby GT500 feels right at home. As it should, considering the blown 5.2-liter V8 lurking under the hood doles out as much as 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. Routed to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic transmission, it’s enough giddy-up to propel the GT500 to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds and down the quarter-mile under 11 seconds.

And, as Gittin proves, the new GT500 is much more than a drag racer. In his run up the Goodwood hill, the pro drifter puts all the onboard handling goodies to good use, including the MagneRide suspension, 16.5-inch six-pot Brembo brakes, and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

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In addition to a look at the GT500 running up the hill, the video also gives us a walk-around-view of the star car, as hosted by Block and Gittin. Highlights include a look at the GT500’s optional 20-inch carbon wheels, which, in addition to looking amazing, are extremely lightweight as well.

Indeed, mixing all this goodness together into a single video is a surefire recipe for success, so hit play and watch the magic unfold.

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Written by Jonathan Lopez

Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  1. Fun video about the great new Mustang GT500. Did I hear Vaughn Gittin say 725 horsepower when he was showing us under the hood. I know it was a slip since prior he has said 760. They lit it up going up Greenwood with the extra weight of two passengers and all I can say is that car is a monster. Wow! Great Video!

    I know they are working for Ford, but another unbias video talking about the true experience of driving the GT500.

  2. Excellent video! Without a doubt, one of the fastest, most powerful, hottest ponies ever made, with a $74,000 price sticker approx. IMO, it just have a little problem: one mid engine high performance vehicle that has just been unveiled by GM at a price under $60K!

  3. I’m curious about what Ford will do in the future. Will they introduce a mid engine model . If so, I hope that they give you the option of front or mid engine cars.

  4. Ford already has a mid engine supercar. The question is whether Ford has an entry level mid engine supercar in the pipeline. I believe they do. Ford is very good at keeping secrets. Nobody saw the GT coming. But I read an article with pictures which stated Ford is considering other mid engine cars, less powerful than the current GT. So there may be surprises from Ford in the near future and the C8 might not reign alone for long

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