Molly Wood gets behind the wheel at Ford's test track, where she takes the new 2013 Shelby GT500 for a fast spin around the course.
Ford certified the supercharged engine in the 2013 Shelby GT500, at 662 horsepower, as the most powerful V-8 in a production car.
Although excellent for showing off to friends and attending track days, it will be tough to live with the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 on a daily basis because of ride quality and gas costs.
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Like Delta Force, the Special Vehicles Team (SVT) at Ford have an elite mission, building cars that won't necessarily be mass sellers for the company, but will preserve and reinforce heritage. The latest SVT effort is the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, a limited production vehicle with 550 horsepower.
Annual production of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 has been limited to 5,500 units. So far, Ford has received more than 3,300 initial dealer and retail orders.
At the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, Ford has unveiled the next Shelby GT500 with an all new aluminum V-8.
Web video of a drag race between the Shelby GT500 and the Camaro SS.