Owners of the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are starting to take delivery of their examples of the most powerful street-going Ford ever produced. For owners who spec’d their car with the $1,500 handling package, an unlisted part is being installed by dealerships.
Motor1 reported that Ford is indeed throwing in an oil catch can as part of the package, despite not listing it on the website.
The oil catch can joins a wicker bill set-up for the rear wing, and what Ford is calling splitter wickers on the corners of the splitter as part of the dealer installed package. In fact, there is another way to get this upgraded piece of hardware as well, if you are willing to spend $18,500 for the GT500’s optional Carbon Fiber Track Package, per Motor1.
Despite the Mustang Shelby GT500 packing a beast of a 5.2L supercharged V8 that produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, the engine still suffers from the inescapable blowby of vapors and oil passed its piston rings. Back in the day an automaker would simply vent these vapors out of the engine, but that can’t happen in the age of strict emissions regulations. This is where an oil catch can come in to play, capturing oil mist before the vapors are routed back to the intake. This limits the reduction of airflow as a result of oil build-up in the intake, improving long term performance and efficiency.
While we are sure that no one is going to be upset with Ford for tossing this part in with the Handling Package equipment, it is a little odd that they made no mention of it before. Perhaps even stranger yet, it seems odd that an oil catch can was not included as standard equipment on Ford’s highest performing Mustang, especially considering the GT500’s $71,395 base price.