Modern electronic systems have allowed for some serious changes in the way we live with our cars. Conveniences like over the air updates mean that we no longer have to head to the dealer for software updates, or even recall notices. However, the ECUs that allow for this trickery are also locked down with some serious cybersecurity measures. This has created issues for those looking to tune their performance cars. However, HP Tuners have just announced that the S550 Mustang Shelby GT500 is joining the list of vehicles covered by their tuning software.
HP Tuners made the announcement via their social media channels, which states that the S550 Mustang Shelby GT500 is supported by versions 4.5 and newer of the HPTuners software. In order to tweak the high-power muscle car however, you will need their MPVI2 scan tool. This piece of hardware allows you to edit parameters within the vehicles control modules, such as torque strategies, spark tables, fueling, RPM limits, fan activations, transmission shift points and pressures, and exhaust valve control among others.
Customers will also be required to purchase four licensing credits from HP Tuners in order to access the GT500’s ECU, with each credit listing for $49.99. A small price to pay considering the performance potential unlocked by this setup. Not that the 760 horsepower 5.2L Predator V8 is anything close to a boring powertrain in its stock form. Whereas C8 Corvette owners haven’t really been able to tune their cars effectively yet, the floodgates are now open for the mighty Mustang..
Whipple has already released an upgraded supercharger that fits the GT500, and we’re sure that some twin turbo kits are going to be put together by someone down in Texas. The era of four-digit power levels may have just arrived for this latest iteration of the Shelby GT500, a car that might just be ready for it.