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2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake Wants To Drag

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Shelby American has a slick car that is sitting in the Ford booth at SEMA 2019 called the 2020 Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake. The name Dragon Snake comes from a version of the Shelby Cobra that Shelby offered in the ’60s called the “Dragonsnake” that was meant for drag racing. Drag racing is exactly what the 2020 Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake wants to do.

Shelby American has taken the car, which Ford has claimed will run deep into the 10-second range box stock and revised it specifically for drag racing. The first thing that the Shelby team did was up the power that the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8 makes. From the factory the GT500 makes 760 horsepower, Shelby is mum on the exact power numbers but has said that the car has “800+” horsepower. Ford has already hinted that the 2020 GT500 will be pushed by Shelby to 1000 horsepower.

The suspension in the car has been revised for maximum grip and straight-line acceleration. The car has also been lightened with specialty equipment, exotic materials like carbon fiber, and the DCT is retuned. Shelby American says that modified bodywork is added along with unique wheels. A widebody version is being considered.

Shelby also fits high-flow catalytic converters, lightweight glasswork, and other items to the car for the best quarter-mile times possible. Shelby American doesn’t mention pricing or availability. Modifications include:


  • Shelby suspension system
  • MagneRide enabled
  • Front and rear springs
  • Front and rear sway bars
  • Shelby Supercharger upgrade
  • Windshield and glass package
  • Performance Half-shafts
  • Full exhaust system
  • Catalytic converters
  • Mufflers + exhaust tips (Cat back system)
  • Emissions complaint 50 state legal


  • Carbon fiber hood
  • Drag style carbon fiber spoiler
  • One-piece forged aluminum wheels
  • Hardened and extended wheel studs
  • Performance tires
  • Wide body option
  • Shelby hood pins
  • Striping and badging


  • Custom Shelby leather interior
  • Serialized CSM numbered engine plate
  • Serialized CSM numbered dash plaque

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Sign me up! I just have to take out a hefty with drawl from my local bank. This is one bad ass Shelby. TAKE THAT C-9 vette!!

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