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How to Keep a Shelby GT 500 Engine Cool - Keeping Your Cool
Excess heat is one of the few things that can hold back a GT 500, but Shelby Performance Parts has plenty of options for keeping heat soak at bay
GT 500 Competition Intercooler Tank
Here's an easy one. The GT 500 comes from the factory with an air-to-liquid intercooler, although one with a modest 1.5 quart coolant capacity. The SPP GT500 Competition Intercooler Tank (S7M-8080-C) is a direct bolt-in replacement for the stock plastic tank, and increases capacity to nearly a gallon. Additionally, this aluminum tank has a fuel-cell style cap, making it easy to add ice or dry ice to keep your air intake temperatures as low as possible. There's also a drain nozzle so you can release water once the ice melts and add a fresh supply.
Transmission Cooler Scoop
Hard-charging open track activities demand that you keep the temperature of all components under control. The engine and brakes get most of the attention, but your manual transmission needs to avoid heat stroke as well. For that, Shelby Performance Parts has the Transmission Cooler Scoop for the '07-'14 GT 500 and '05-'14 Mustang with manual transmission.
The scoop diverts maximum airflow across the body of the transmission. It is similar to the one used by Ford on the Boss 302 Laguna Seca, although with one big difference—you don't have to remove the scoop to change the oil.
The "CS" logo cut into the scoop also means that if you take an unplanned trip into the gravel, the stones can drain out on their own without having to remove the scoop. The part (S5M-5025-UMT) is made from high quality steel, and is available either powder-coated Shelby Blue or with a natural finish.
Ever take your GT 500 out for exercise and feel a noticeable drop in performance after, say, 15 or 20 minutes of driving versus when the car was first started?
Shelby Front Brake Duct Kit
Obviously, the engine isn't the only part of the car that is affected by high heat. In track situations, overheated brakes will lead to a fall-off in performance. One way to keep your brakes gripping as intended is to replace the brake fluid regularly, ideally every year if you're a track regular. Over time, the heat-dissipation of brake fluid breaks down.
Another way to keep brake fade at bay is to direct cooler outside air over the calipers and rotors. Shelby Performance Parts has a Front Brake Duct Kit that will do exactly that for the '07-'09 GT 500. The kit (S6M-2004-B) fits stock Brembo, Shelby Pro and Shelby Extreme brake calipers. The aluminum backing plates are powder coated black and feature the "CS" logo. (The Front Brake Duct Kit also requires using the GT 500KR lower grille and lower grille bezels or the brake duct/driving light bezels for the Shelby GT; shown here.)
As part of Shelby American's move to new headquarters near the Las Vegas airport, Shelby Performance Parts will be expanding its role. "We're going to be doing more in-house research and development," said Gervasi. Among other things, look for new Shelby parts for Ford Focus and Raptor applications.