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Behind the wheel of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500—the most powerful car Ford has ever made

The most powerful Ford has better traction and response than you'd ever expect.
The bright green color is not subtle.
The bright green color is not subtle. (Ford/)

Braking into turn one at the end of the short pit straight on the 2.4-mile outside road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway feels like it could be a close-your-eyes-and-hope proposition. At the wheel of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, you’re stopping a 760-horsepower rocket that weighs 4,171 lbs., so slowing it reliably and turning in to the corner accurately seem like they could be exercises in wishful thinking.

Incredibly, lap after lap, turn after turn, the GT500 does exactly what it is supposed to do, despite the obvious challenges. Ford’s engineers created a machine capable of going 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and covering a quarter mile in just 10.7 seconds. Relying on the GT500’s launch control system, we scored back-to-back runs of 11.4 seconds at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s drag strip.

But the old GT500 was quick at the strip too. This new car seems best defined by what it isn’t, because it continually defies expectations based on

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