There’s no denying that now is the time for fans of epic power and extreme performance. A host of Detroit-powered muscle cars easily eclipse 700 horsepower, and the Dodge Challenger Super Stock tops 800 horsepower straight from the factory. However, this video is not about Dodge – it’s a Ford battle where horsepower exceeds 900 horsepower. Better tie up for this one.
All things being factory stock, the Mustang Shelby GT350 stands no chance against the Shelby GT500. About 240 hp separates them, and in a straight line dash, the GT500’s supercharged V8 is a straight monster. However, the 2017 GT350 featured in this StangFashion the video is far from being stored. This is a Hennessey powered version with a Whipple compressor and a host of other mods, and it was further changed by current owner as it was still “too slow” with the only touch of Hennessey. It is now made up for drag racing and is estimated to have over 900 horsepower on the wheels. Yikes.
As such, it should dominate a production GT500, but again, we are not dealing with production vehicles. The green GT500 in this video is a work in progress that has improved cams, engine tuning and is rated at over 800bhp. In other words, this Shelby vs Shelby drag race should really be something.
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This is especially true since this is not a normal drag racing site. The action takes place at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, a tri-oval NASCAR track with a front straight nearly three-quarters of a mile long. A recent roller racing event took place there, with cars coming out of turn three and accelerating to 60 mph before hitting it for a blast down the straight. This time, it’s not about starting traction, but pure power.
With the GT350 having a power advantage, you’d expect it to be the winning car. We won’t spoil the result, but we will say this. The Shelbys line up twice and each race is extremely close, with both cars exceeding 150mph at the finish line. You can watch the full 13-minute video for each car’s backstory, or you can skip to 5:45 to see the racing action.