Last week, Ford released a new photo of its 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. The sixth-generation Mustang, which was first teased earlier this year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, will have a 700-plus horsepower supercharged V8 engine, making it the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever. That means it will outgun both the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1, both in normal and 1LE form, as well as the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats.
Like the Ford GT350, the GT500 will make extensive use of composite materials. The photo alone reveals a CFRP front splitter and a massive CFRP rear spoiler.
According to automotive news outlet Autoevolution, the GT500 could likely also come with similar CFRP wheels the automaker produced for the GT350R Mustang. The wheels reduce rotational inertia by more than 40 percent, which positively impacts acceleration and braking performance. By using carbon fiber, Ford and Carbon Revolution were also able to cut the weight of each wheel nearly in half.
The official release date for the vehicle isn’t known yet, but most automotive pundits are speculating that with more and more of the car being revealed, it could be set for an official launch in Los Angeles later this year or in Detroit next January.