Ford Motor Co. is celebrating the 20th
anniversary of SVT unit each of the more than 210,000 SVT vehicles produced
since the first one vehicle was unveiled in at the Chicago Auto
Show in 1992 has been designed and
developed with the four attributes in mind performance, substance, exclusivity
and value., Ford officials emphasize.
In honor of SVT’s
anniversary, a commemorative lighted sill plate will be used in the 2013 Shelby
GT500 to celebrate the many years of performance vehicles. The 1993 SVT Mustang
Cobra offered a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, which demonstrates just how
far the products have come in 20 years. The 2013 Shelby GT500 with its
650-horsepower V8 marks the latest offering from one of the oldest and most
successful automotive performance groups in the world.
GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is,” said Kerry
Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. “All of the
significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a
convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a
The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional
Performance Package is faster around a track than the outgoing model. The new
convertible shaved nearly 3.5 seconds off its lap time at Sebring International
Raceway compared to the 2011 and 2012 models.
Keys to the improved lap times are the power boost
from the new 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower, as well as the
SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers available on the
Performance Package and the all-new chassis tuning. The newest Shelby GT500 convertible
with the optional Performance Package is nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the
outgoing model at Sebring International Raceway. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8
with 650 horsepower, Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and new Brembo
brake system are key enablers for the improved performance.
Accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button, normal
mode gives customers a more comfortable ride over road irregularities. Sport mode
is all about performance, delivering improved response time on the track and
less body roll while cornering with reduced pitch under braking. The upgraded
dampers allowed SVT engineers to tune the convertible more aggressively for the
track, while still being able to maintain desirable on-road manners.
A new Brembo brake system also is a key enabler in
boosting the performance of the convertible. The new brakes offer drivers
enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, while new six-piston
calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors further improve
braking performance. More aggressive brake pads also help the car achieve high
deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence.
Similar to the coupe, the convertible will be offered
with a Performance Package that also can be upgraded to a Track Package,
complete with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and
transmission cooler for further durability.
Forld SVT unit has
now has produced during its 20-year
history, with more than seven different nameplates that include the Ford GT,
Mustang Cobra R, SVT F-150 Lightning, F-150 SVT Raptor, Shelby GT500KR and the
soon-to-be-launched Focus ST By Joseph Szczesny