Mustang Shelby GT500 Drag Races Ferrari 458 and It’s Just as Delicious As You Think

Ever tried to do the same job with a hammer and a scythe? That would probably be a good way to describe a drag race between a Mustang Shelby GT500 and a Ferrari 458.
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The footage below brings us just such an event and we have to admit the battle is delicious.

From the very beginning, the driver of the Prancing Horse acts in a fair manner, as he seems to offer the ‘Stang a bit of a head start. Moreover, it doesn’t appear the supercar is using its launch control feature.

Even so, the Maranello machine starts threatening the 2014 Shelby GT500 as soon as the driver of the muscle car switches into second gear. From that point on, the mid-engined car keeps enlarging the gap between itself and the slab of America.

The race takes place on an airport runway, so the two have no care in the world, other than making it to the finish line as quickly as possible.

The numbers tell a different story than the footage. And the race is closer than you might think

Despite the footage appearing to show the Ferrari as the crushing winner, the speed track results show a different situation. The Shelby GT500 managed to run as fast as 146.98 mph (that’s 236.7 km/h for all you reading this across the pond), with the Ferrari climbing to 150.20 mph (242 km/h).

As you can imagine, this wasn’t the only run the two speeders performed on the day of the race. However, while the velocity mentioned above marked the Ferrari’s best run, the GT500 managed to work his clutch-dumping and shifting magic in a way that sends the car flying to 149.11 mph (240 km/h).

P.S.: The combined soundtrack of the two is something you don’t get to listen to every day.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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