The Ford lineup recently had some spectacular performance cars. The Mustang is an icon, and the Ford Raptor recently had a company competitor build their own off-road pickup. A new video pits the final versions of each in a pair of drag races to see which is king of the track.
Powering the Shelby is Ford’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine. It produces a staggering 760 horsepower (566 kilowatts) and 625 pound-feet (847 Newton-meters) of torque. The Coupe sends power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the GT500 is powerful, it’s also curvaceous, weighing nearly 4,200 pounds (1,905 kilograms).
The Raptor R also uses a 5.2 liter supercharged V8 engine. It wasn’t identical to the Shelby engine, with Ford using a different supercharger pulley in the truck. The engine produces 700 hp (521 kW) and 640 lb-ft (867 Nm) of torque. The 10-speed automatic sits between the engine and all four tires, and weighs nearly 6,000 lbs (2,721 kg).
The two competed in a pair of drag races. The Mustang got a star launch from the starting line-up in the first battle, leaving the Raptor to take second place. Its win is no surprise considering it is lighter and more powerful than a pickup. Not even the Raptor’s four-wheel drive can help it keep up with the Mustang.
In the second race, the truck takes a hit – a chance to move first. It went out of line ahead of the Mustang, making it about halfway before Mustang pulled it back. The coupe passed the truck with ease, crossing the finish line first.
Ford is discontinuing the GT500 for 2023, leaving Mach 1 as the Mustang’s top trim. The automaker will also be slashing production of the 2023 Mustang as it prepares to launch its next-gen Mustang later this year for the 2024 model year. Ford hasn’t mentioned whether we’ll see more Shelbys, but we do know the Blue Oval is exploding out of the gate with the 500-hp Mustang Dark Horse. (372 kW) which looks really scary.