Shelby GT500 Reincarnated with 1,000 RWHP Is Pure Terror
Back in 2013, the Shelby GT500 Mustang was scary. Thanks to its 1,000 rear-wheel horsepower, this modified one is terrifying.
They say time heals all wounds. The logic is that as days, months and years go by, you feel the pain of a defeat or personal loss less and less. In a way, you become desensitized. Car enthusiasts get desensitized over time, too. Back in 2013, Ford did something outrageous when it introduced a Shelby GT500 Mustang with 662 horsepower. Not too long after that, Dodge brought out the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat and stunned the world. These days, what used to be eye-popping amounts of power that’d get a quick “Oh, cool” or “Nice.” So what does it take to make an impressively potent car these days? The quick answer is more power.
A lot more than you’d need in the past. Factory horsepower – no matter how high it is – is only a starting point. The 2013 GT500 that David Patterson (aka ThatDudeinBlue) drives in this video has that kind of output. Its modified V8 cranks out 1,000 horsepower – at the rear wheels.
How did the owner of this monster get to that magic number? Patterson says the car “still has the 5.8-liter supercharged V8 using the stock supercharger” and six-speed manual gearbox. They modified pretty much everything else. The big V8 is topped with built heads and runs hotter cams. E85 flows through the larger injectors. A smaller pulley helps the blower stuff 20 psi into the combustion chamber.
According to Patterson, this GT500 has “fully upgraded suspension, Bilstein shocks … lowering springs.” The rear end is fully built to handle all of the firepower that’s shot through it.
Despite the fact that it has 1,000 rwhp and a live rear axle, the GT500 hooks up surprisingly well. The gearing is so tall that Patterson can hit 60 mph in first. At WOT, the road ahead runs out in a hurry. The expression on Patterson’s face when he blasts away from stops is a mixture of grim determination, absolute fear, and childlike excitement, then soon changes into a big smile.
The car enthusiast community may not be as easy to impress with horsepower stats as it once was. However, 1,000 still seems to be…1,000. After one hard pull, Patterson says, “As soon as the [supercharger] whine kicks in, the temples get pulled back. Best feeling in the freaking world.”