760 Horsepower Is A Lot To Handle For Most Buyers

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Freedom doesn’t work very well without an individual carrying a sense of responsibility. So if one were to make the excellent decision of purchasing a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, featuring a titanic 760 horsepower from a 5.2L supercharged V8 engine, they should take it upon themselves that they’re not a public menace behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, America’s driver’s education system doesn’t call for audits or re-testing every couple of years. Nor does it have a tiered licensing system that calls for drivers to demonstrate various levels of ability, and allow drivers to purchase vehicles of certain capabilities only after they’ve passed more rigorous testing.

Instead we’re setting billions of dollars on fire in an attempt to remove the human element from driving completely. But that’s another hot take for another time.

All of this is to say that even though an American driver’s license might as well come out of a damn cereal box, some automakers have taken the initiative to make sure that customers are getting the most out of their products when it comes to using them properly, and to the best of their abilities. And that’s exactly what Ford is doing with the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.

The program is officially called the GT500 Track Attack, and represents the latest in a long line of similar owner programs offered by Ford Performance. Owners will be given a unique opportunity to learn just what their 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is capable of with the help of high performance driving instructors in a controlled environment. Training will happen in the classroom as well as on the road course. In this case, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The training course will consist of cornering, braking and launch techniques with a focus on the dynamics of the Shelby GT500, including its drive modes and launch control feature. Owners will have fun learning all about the performance attributes of this thrilling car and have the opportunity to improve their driving skills. The day-long driving event starts at 8:00 AM sharp, and will run until 4:30 PM, when graduates are recognized.

Best of all, Ford will cover costs of the driving school in its entirety. Owners simply have to find a way to get there on their own, as well as handle their own lodging. Options for owners to bring guests are also being considered. The schedule is also still being finalized, but owners are encouraged to check the official website, as well as sign up for newsletter updates.

A complimentary HPDE program for high-output muscle cars is a great way to enhance the customer experience, and we hope to see more programs like this in the future.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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