Lethal Performance 2020 Shelby GT500: Fit for a King
Here's what you can find below (click to jump ahead to that section):
- The Wait: From ordering to receiving, it was a hot minute.
- The Arrival: Donuts, burnouts, old man Jared & more from the dealership lot.
- First Photos: Some snaps from the team of the car before we get to work on it.
- Drive & Discuss: Ride along with Jared as he goes over the car.
- First Track Visit: Coming soon...
Ford put out the initial teaser for the new new Shelby GT500 in the beginning of 2018, marketing it as a 2019 model. We were excited, to say the least, having owned just about every generation of SVT/Shelby vehicles before this. What we didn't know at the time was that we wouldn't get the car for TWO YEARS. TWO LONG IMPATIENT YEARS (luckily we had Project Goldmember to keep us busy).
We placed our order with Phillip Weikert of Weikert Ford in June of 2019 the same day the order banks opened up. Fortunately Weikert Ford had secured a golden ticket for the model we wanted: the Carbon Fiber Track Pack. BAZINGA. Unfortunately we didn't know ordering the majestic CFTP would set us back even more time due to the harsh winters of Michigan and Ford not wanting those special rubbers sitting in the icy wilderness that is Michigan (I'm being sarcastic....or am I?).
Flash forward to March of 2020 and we get the notification that our car has entered PRODUCTION. Fireworks go off, bells ring and we are celebrating here at Lethal Performance, incredibly anxious to get the car. But then the Coronavirus pandemic reared its ugly head and Ford halted all productions... womp womp.
We packed up the camera gear and some extra outfits and headed over to Weikert Ford to pick up our new 2020 Shelby GT500. We lucked out and were joined by Ford racing driver & test engineer Billy Johnson, who was picking up another beautiful Carbon Track Pack car that day.
In true #teamlethal fashion, we couldn't just "pick up" the car so Phillip had the dealer lot cleared and we handed Billy Johnson the keys to give us some donuts for lunch. Oh and a healthy burnout departure from the dealer lot, too, joined by The Mustang King himself.
The car is definitely a beast, a blast and it will only get better as we get to start playing with it. Like we did with our 2018 Mustang GT, Project Goldmember, we plan to document every step of the way right here and across our social media platforms (speaking of which, have you followed the King himself on Twitter yet?).
Now that we had the car, we set out to get some good photos of it before we started messing it up.... I mean modding it. We hit up a few spots and snapped some shots. Even in stock form it's no doubt that this is one of the best looking Mustangs EVER (fight me).
DRIVE & DISCUSS
Sure the 2020 SHelby GT500 LOOKS good, but how does it feel driving it? Take a ride with Jared (aka The Mustang King) as he cruises around [Mexico] in our 2020 GT500 and goes over the different driving & exhaust modes. He may even punch it a few times...Maybe.
Check back for more updates, including a driving review & walkaround covering our favorite features on the car & more...