Edmunds U-Drags: The Shelby GT500 gives the CT5-V Blackwing a spanking!


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If you want to win U-Drags, you need a good start. Both cars required. The GT500 produces so much power it can be hard to accelerate without being consumed by tire slippage, and its 0-60 mph times of 4.3 seconds in race 1 and 4.8 seconds in race 2 reflect a slight initial touch. By comparison, the less powerful manual-transmission Blackwing hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds both times.

Once the tires gain traction, the GT500 is a superhero. It hit the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds and 12.0 seconds, respectively, at over 126 mph both times. The Blackwing hit the quarter mile in 12.0 seconds in both races, but was only going about 118 mph.

However, it’s not all about speed. Both cars quickly slowed down and plunged into the U-turn with aplomb, especially as each weighs more than two tonnes. As they swung around the corner and began to accelerate again, the Blackwing posted an impressive 1.07 lateral g, while the GT500 hit an even higher 1.11 lateral g. From there, the GT500 took advantage of the rolling start at full traction, reducing its massive power and crossing the finish line at over 143 mph in both races. The Blackwing rumbled behind at almost exactly 135 mph.


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