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Kid Runs a 10.665 Quarter-Mile in His 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 5 days ago Connor Hoffman
a car driving on a highway: Watch this teenager's video of his first trip to a drag strip in his new Ford Mustang, in which he hit the mark at 132.96 mph.© Speed Phenom Watch this teenager's video of his first trip to a drag strip in his new Ford Mustang, in which he hit the mark at 132.96 mph.

The 2020 Shelby GT500 is quick, new, and attention-getting, and we will be testing it soon to tell you just how quick.

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Youtuber Speed Phenom posted a video today claiming that his GT500 is the first customer car on a drag strip. He blasted through the quarter-mile in 10.665 seconds at 132.96 mph. From the video, we can tell that this was probably the first time the Speed Phenom has driven on a drag strip, because he has the drag strip's staff there to answer his questions and concerns. He asks his copilot at one point: "Did I let off too early, do you think?"

The 2020 Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that pumps out 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Ford has claimed a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.7 seconds. Using Car and Driver's test procedures on clean pavement, we estimate the GT500's acceleration times will slide back to 3.5 and 11.0 seconds, respectively.

To achieve his fastest time, which took what seems like an entire day, Speed Phenom had near perfect conditions. He had the launch control system maxed out to 3200 rpm at launch, used the GT500's line-lock feature, had the rear tires set at 24 psi (the drag-strip staff is shown explaining to him how this works), and he had a well-prepared surface.

At least he admits that he is the biggest amateur we could imagine. We'll be testing one soon and will report back with our times with the most powerful production Ford to date.

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