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2020 Shelby GT500 Blows 1,000 HP Motor During Street Race: Video

The world of YouTube is undoubtedly a strange place. While most of us would be devastated to blow an engine or wreck our beloved vehicle, this sort of thing is a boon to YouTubers, who have been known to stage crazy events or use clickbait titles to attract views and, subsequently, revenue. But when YouTuber StangMode blew up the built 5.2L Predator V8 in his 2020 Shelby GT500 recently, it certainly didn’t settle well with him.

Though the video might ultimately make him enough money to replace that blown motor, we can’t imagine StangMode was too thrilled that it happened in the first place. After all, it hasn’t been that long since he finally finished building it up to the 1,000 horsepower mark, adding a ported Kong blower and some bigger cams to his Ford Mustang in the process. Even worse, he just got it back from the body shop after hitting a deer, with fresh paint protection installed.

Regardless, these sorts of things happen when we begin adding serious power to stock engines and then race them over and over again, subjecting them to much more abuse than Ford ever intended. Even if the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a little beefier than most. It all went down after a meet, when a whole slew of cars hits the road for a little cruising. And, it turns out, a little impromptu racing as well.

After a little bit of “horsing” around, the 2020 Shelby GT500 comes upon a GT350 and decides to show off a little. The car takes off, predictably, but then disaster strikes. The motor lets go, a fact that’s confirmed by an excessive amount of white smoke billowing from its tailpipes. StangMode suspects that there’s a hole in the block, and subsequently finds a puddle of oil on the ground after pulling over.

It’s a sad and unfortunate end for a pretty awesome motor, but on the bright side, this just gives StangMode an excuse to come back with a fully-built replacement.

We’ll have more GT500 content to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news, Mustang Shelby GT500 news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Clam Juice

    Smh this would of never happen in a built GM LS motor wtf Ford

    1. The Gentle Grizzly

      It would have if the motor was flogged hard enough and long enough. ANY engine will. I’ve seen MoPar 383s let go under a lot of stress, and that was likely one of the strongest engines ever manufactured.

      Don’t get me wrong; I like GM motors. But, they are far from indestructible.

    2. Josh

      No, your right. If it was a LS(7), it would just drop a valve within the first couple thousand miles…

  2. Dave Mathers

    THAT will be very expensive to repair!!

  3. gareth

    No engine running at that power is going to last long no mater who built it a GM LS engine would still blow up at that sort of power!.

  4. Melmark93

    StangMode is another click baiter and you viewers have just been had. Mustang forum rumor mill says they didn’t upgrade the injectors. Hey GM guys, try adding 240 hp to your LS mills without adding more fuel and see how fast they grenade.

  5. Jim Judson

    Anyone who has been around modified vehicles long enough knows that any engine is only as good as the parts used, the installation of those parts and the validity of the tune to extract the right balance of longevity versus performance. With that said, there are many reasons a motor will blow, but more often than not it comes down to the tune regardless of the type of vehicle. That’s the risk you take when modifying vehicles to extract more performance than what the vehicle was made to provide. So this incident is not a reflection of Ford motors, but more so a lesson in tuning for high performance versus streetable performance. There is always a balance of the two.

  6. Roy Chile’s

    What an IDOT In what city does the police help you be a STREET RACING IDOT ? It couldn’t happen to a better person this guy and the kid who has the GT500 and Corvette has more money than SENSE Seeking attention on YouTube.

  7. StangChode

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. This is karma coming back to bite him in the a**. The dude was selling cheap knockoff N95 masks on his website for $8 apiece during this Pandemic, so he gets whatever is coming to him. The same clown never shows his Mustang losing when it gets gapped at the track. He’ll win one of four races, then say he smoked that car and only show the race he won. The dude is a total clown. He was even deferring his car payment on this GT500 back in March due to the Pandemic. If you can’t afford it don’t buy it. smh


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