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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Lines Up For World’s Greatest Drag Race: Video

Each year, MotorTrend lines up some of the fastest vehicles on the planet, side-by-side, for what it calls the World’s Greatest Drag Race. The latest installment of this showdown features eight performance-oriented machines competing for glory – the Ram TRX, Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe, Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracán Evo AWD, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack, Acura NSX, and Porsche 911 Turbo S.

In this tenth anniversary edition of the World’s Greatest Drag Race, things are a bit different, as we’d expect for the year 2020. Instead of lining these eight vehicles up against each other on NASA’s space shuttle landing strip as it’s done in the past, MT was forced to head out to the desert. Unfortunately, the road just isn’t wide enough to go eight or twelve wide as has been the case in the past, so the rag just does an old-fashioned eliminator-style bracket to determine a winner.

In the first race, we see the Cayenne take down the Ram TRX, which isn’t a huge surprise. Then, it’s on to the most intriguing matchup of the day, or it is in our humble opinion – the Shelby GT500 versus its arch-nemesis – the C8 Corvette. Despite their inherent differences, we’ve seen these two go up against each other a number of times in the past, with mixed results.

This time around, the Corvette jumps out to an early lead before the GT500 begins to reel it in. Unfortunately for the pony car, however, it just can’t catch the C8 before both cross the finish line. It’s a very close race, and one that could result in a win for the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 nine times out of ten if they tried again.

Unfortunately, that isn’t in the cards for the World’s Greatest Drag Race, and MT moves on until only the Ferrari and 911 Turbo are left. In the finale, the Porsche leaves the F8 off the line, but eventually gets passed in the half-mile race for another photo finish. And despite the disappointing result for the Blue Oval’s finest Mustang to date, it’s an entertaining little video, regardless.

We’ll have more on the GT500 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and ongoing 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. Mark L Bedel

    I’ve got to admit…these are getting relatively dull for this guy.

  2. Roy Chile’s

    I call BS this is what happens when you make up your on rules as you go. 1st Why the Hell would you bring a GT500 to A FORD GT DRAG RACE? Which is rear engine also. 2nd All the Races was 1/4 mile so why was the last Race A 1/2 mile??

    1. Stalkbroker94

      Roy, I’m with you on this one. All, if not most, of the other drag races have been 1/2 mile drag races. The GT500 should have won a 1/4 mile drag race, so the results of this one have me stumped, but it would have won by a full car length if it had been a 1/2 mile.

  3. Brad

    Perhaps they could have gotten 12-year-old girls to drag these cars, as they would have picked up the same ETs. So, so, weak. Might as well bring on self-driving cars as we’re already there.

    1. Anthony

      I dont understand how the Dodge Demon wasn’t included in this drag race. When you think of the top drag ready cars straight off the lot. You have to put the Demon in your top 3. The GT500 is a nice car but doesn’t have anything on the C8 or the Demon.

      1. Stalkbroker94

        Because it’s not a dick measuring contest.

  4. Tim

    5 ft or 5 miles… 🤷🏽‍♂️


    I still think each car should have raced each other car. Like car #1 should have raced all 7 different cars that way we can see which place the car comes in.


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