Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
May 10, 2013

Ever since Evolution Performance got its hands on a brand new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, records have been shattered all over the place. This time, they brought the Grabber Blue Shelby -- the cover car of our December 2012 issue (peep the 5.0 plate) -- to the NMRA Maryland International Raceway to see what it would bring to the table. It brought the house. Driver, Nelson Whitlock, smashed the previously held 2013 GT500 quarter mile record with an 8.94 second run at 159 mph!

The GT500 already comes well-equipped off of the factory floor to terrorize drag strips with its beastly 662 horsepower, but of course that wasn’t nearly enough for the Evolution team. The heart of Evolution’s super Stang is a built L&M Engine sporting Slawko-ported cylinder heads, with a Kenne Bell 3.6-liter liquid-cooled supercharger and a KB 168mm oval throttle body bolted on for good measure. Other performance modifications include a JLT True Cold Air 155mm intake dubbed “Super Big Air” and two-inch tube American Racing headers. With the driver, the car weighs a hefty 3,734 pounds but with all of the mods added, this monster is capable of an absolutely insane 1156 horsepower and 1058 lb. ft. of torque!

Despite all the incredible power packed under the hood, the Shelby still shifts with the stock Tremec TR6060 six-speed transmission! The Tremec is connected to a SPEC twin-disc clutch and aluminum flywheel with a Barton billet short-throw shifter to pump through those gears. A triple-pump return-style fuel system was added by Fore Innovations, and Dynotech Engineering provided the heavy-duty aluminum driveshaft. The interior features a 10-point roll cage installed by JRS Fabrication, and Evolution says overall handling has been improved thanks to Steeda’s Hardcore suspension system. Last but not least, a tune by John Lund of Lund Racing was added with Sunoco E-85R racing fuel.

To achieve that awesome amount of power, 22.8 pounds of boost was crammed through the engine by the Evolution team, with the car competed in just a week’s time for the Terminator vs. GT500 shootout at the NMRA event. While the car now sports a turn-down exhaust, with the installation of a cat-back exhaust setup, the Shelby could be driven on the street. With a bit more suspension work needed, and a 4.2-liter Kenne Bell blower in the works, the plan is for Atco to perform a test session and tune with a hopeful gain of 150 – 200 extra horses. You would think that the inside of the car would be down to the bare essentials, but it still features the full interior complete with air conditioning.

With new modifications lined up already, we can’t wait to see what kind of numbers the guys at Evolution Performance throw at us next!