The new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is looking to be a very potent drag racing machine with the factory car able to hit 60mph in just 3.3 seconds. On the quarter-mile, it hit a record time of 10.6 seconds earlier this month, In fact, it’s so fast, Ford is giving new owners a day’s course on how to control the car at speed. Now, someone has broken its quarter-mile record with the car reaching even high speeds on the drag strip.
This orange GT500 is owned by Lee Dennis and was driven by Ken Bjonnes to glory in the video below. And yes while it is slightly modified, it boasts only a small amount of minor modifications. These include a higher performance pulley, a new Lethal Performance exhaust, a bigger fuel pump, and a tune that allows it to run on juicy E85. These fairly small modifications enable to muscle car to produce 877 hp and 832 lb-ft of torque… at the wheels.
Paired with some sticky Toyo R888 racing tyres, it surpassed ten seconds and hit 9.7 seconds at 144mph. That’s a world record for the 2020 GT500.
That Racing Channel told Road & Track that the car produced over 900 hp to the wheels with a different air induction kit, but it was too big to fit under the hood. Dennis eventually wants the car to hit 1,000hp, and with some weight reduction carried out, he’s hoping to hit an 8-second quarter-mile in the future. It’s safe to say that we’re very excited.