Michael Johnson Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
April 10, 2012
Photos By: Steve Turner

Brandon Yates
2007 Shelby GT500

We've known Broussard, Louisiana's Brandon Yates for a couple years now. We featured his Shelby a few years ago; his former GT500, which was totaled when Brandon was rearended, is now owned by Dan Schoneck. Disco Dan rebuilt the car and competed with it in the 2008 KOTS. When Brandon's first Shelby was totaled, he looked for another Vista blue/silver stripe GT500, but finding one without a ridiculous price tag proved futile so he picked up this Vista blue/white striped example.

Many of the same components that were on his first Shelby are on this car. He removed as many parts as he could before Dan bought it from him, and swapped them to this car. He steadily improved the car to the point where we shot it for a feature. Since then, the improvements have slowed a bit, but he's kept the car in top shape, enjoying and upgrading it along the way.

Showing Brandon does actually drive his GT500 quite often, the car drove quite well on the Ride & Drive. Brandon's GT500 was the sixth car I drove as part of this category. I noted the car felt the most stock-like up to that point. It drove like a stock GT500...just with a couple hundred more horsepower. The car featured ice-cold A/C, stock seats and seatbelts, and a nice stereo.

As we took off from Beech Bend Park, I noted the car's clutch was a little stiff but worked well. It also seemed like the steering wheel had a dead spot, which caused the car to wander a bit going down the road. It almost felt like a Fox Mustang in need of a new rag joint.

The clutch and the steering were the only two "drawbacks" I noted with Brandon's GT500. It was easy to drive once you got the hang of the clutch, and the steering wasn't a huge deal. Every GT500 should have 778 rwhp if it has the driveability of Brandon's GT500, but it should also wear M&H Racemaster drag radials, too. I noted these tires hooked really well on the street; with a 10.77 during the Drag Race portion, we trust they did well on the track as well.

Brandon says he wishes he had more testing time before the competition, but realizes it is what it is. The nitrous system on the car worked too well, causing tire spin at the track. Brandon also felt the nitrous caused the tires to spin on the dyno, but I didn't see any tire spin on Holley's Dynojet, and I was right behind the car in the dyno room. Brandon was hoping for 830 hp, but the car returned a best of 778 rwhp.

KOTS Score
Horsepower:6 (778 hp)
Ride & Drive:8
Fit & Finish:4
Drag Race:7 (10.77 e.t.)
Popular Vote:7
Final Score:62.5

5.0 Tech Specs

2007 Shelby GT500

Engine and Drivetrain
Block MMR Mod 1100
Crankshaft Stock
Rods Manley H-beam
Pistons Manley
Camshafts Stock
Cylinder heads Stock
Intake manifold Kenne Bell intercooled lower
Power Adder Kenne Bell 2.8H supercharger with 2-7/8-in pulley, 20 pounds of boost, Killer Chiller, and TNT 75hp dry nitrous kit
Fuel system Stock w/Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pump, and stock injectors modified to flow 74-lb/hr
Exhaust Stainless Works 1-7/8-in long-tube headers w/custom H-pipe, Stainless Works 3-in mufflers, and Dynomax Bullet mufflers
Transmission Stock TR6060 six-speed w/SPEC P-Trim clutch, and Midcoast Performance 3-in steel driveshaft
Rearend 8.8-in w/Eaton Detroit Truetrac differential, FRPP 3.55 gears, and stock axles

Engine management Stock w/SCT Livewire tune by Jon Lund
Ignition Stock w/NGK BR7EF spark plugs
Stock, Auto Meter Cobalt series boost in Roush Vent Pod