Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
March 16, 2010
Photos By: Steve Turner

Fred Cook/Nelson Whitlock Jr.
The first '10 Shelby GT500 I drove was Nelson Whitlock Jr.'s for the KOTS. After driving Nelson's Shelby, a stock GT500 would probably be a bit like meeting Kobe Bryant after meeting Michael Jordan. A stock GT500 is cool (Bryant), but one with a Kenne Bell supercharger and almost 700 hp at the wheels (Jordan) trumps a stock GT500 any day. Making this much power with a mostly stock vehicle should be illegal in all 50 states, but that's where technology has brought us.

Thanks to the Kenne Bell, the GT500 is ready to go at the mere thought of hitting the gas. Once you do hit the throttle, you're gone. Like the throttle response, everything about the car was right on. In my notes, I had no complaints on the car. Everything worked like factory. Nelson's GT500 already had a cage, but it was equipped with swing-out door bars so entry and exit was easy. Since it was a '10 GT500, the brakes and handling were superb.

The car was a blast to drive, so it did well in the Ride & Drive category with a 9, but 689 hp scored it in the bottom half with a 4. Since the exterior and engine were mostly stock, the Fit & Finish and Engineering scores were on the low scale with 6s in both categories. With an 11.08/133-mph pass, Evolution Performance's Nelson Whitlock Jr. nestled it in with a 7 in the Drag Race category. It scored well with the Mustang public too-a 7 in the Popular Vote category.

Ride & Drive: 9
Horsepower: 4
Fit & Finish: 6
Engineering: 6
Drag Race: 7
Popular Vote: 7

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain

Block: Ford 5.4
Bore: 3.552 in
Stroke: 4.165 in
Displacement: 330 ci
Rotating Assembly: Stock GT500
Camshafts: Stock
Heads: Stock
Intake: Stock
Power Adder: Kenne Bell Mammoth
Throttle Body: Evolution Performance
Fuel System: Stock
Exhaust: Stock
Transmission: T6060 six-speed
Rearend: Stock 8.8

Electronics
Engine Management:
Stock computer, Evolution Motorsports-tuned
Ignition: Stock
Gauges: Stock

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Tim Bronchetti
A veteran of the KOTS, Tim Bronchetti came this year with his '07 Shelby GT500. Like the Fox GT he brought a few years back, his GT500 was black. Thankfully, the GT500 didn't have a red interior like his prior KOTS Fox car. Similar to Nelson's GT500, Tim's GT500 was pretty much stock, but with a TVS supercharger. We wanted to see how the TVS would stack up against the other power adders represented in the KOTS.

It compared well to its boosted brethren. In my notes I wrote that the car accelerated like crazy. I shouldn't have been surprised: Combine a positive-displacement blower with 3.73 gears and you're going to have crazy-like acceleration. However, the gears were a little on the noisy side, and the clutch was a little grabby coming out of First. That's to be expected, but it was also the only time you noticed the clutch's grab.

Like Jeff Schmell's GT500, Tim's Shelby sounded pissed at the world under throttle, but when just cruising around, it was a more subtle. Tim might be able to sneak through town back home in New York.

What's amazing about cars like Tim's is that other than the TVS supercharger, the exhaust, the 3.73 gears, and the tuning, the car's stock; yet it made 694 hp at the wheels on Modular Depot's Dynojet. There are not too many readily available, affordable cars capable of that.

Since the car was easy to drive, Tim's GT500 scored an 8 in the Ride & Drive; even with 694 hp at the wheels, that still put him in the bottom tier with a 5 in the Horsepower category. With its stock exterior, Tim's GT500 scored a modest 6 in Fit & Finish, but rebounded with an 8 in the Engineering category. With a 10.86 at 132 mph, Tim's GT500 finished with an 8 in the Drag Race category, but not too many were impressed with the car since it only earned 2 votes in the Popular Vote category. Tim's final score was a 63.5.

Ride & Drive: 8
Horsepower: 5
Fit & Finish: 6
Engineering: 8
Drag Race: 8
Popular Vote: 2

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain

Block: Stock GT500 iron
Bore: 3.552 in
Stroke: 4.165 in
Displacement: 330 ci
Rotating Assembly: Stock
Camshafts: Stock
Heads: Stock Shelby GT500
Throttle Body: Mono-blade
Mass Air Meter: Ford Racing Performance Parts
Power Adder: Ford Racing TVS supercharger
Fuel System: Stock
Exhaust: Long-tube headers and X-shape crossover pipe
Transmission: T6060 six-speed
Rearend: Stock 8.8, 3.73 gears

Electronics
Engine Management:
Stock Computer
Ignition: Stock
Gauges: Stock

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