| This shows the car's configuration
within just a few minutes before taking delivery. It couldn't have been
more than about three years less a few months ago (2008-09-01), but I
have found time and occasion to:
- Add the Steeda adjustable
front sway bar and bracket braces.
"...into the Shelby Terlinguafest..." |
the H&R 26mm rear sway bar from the V6 Canvertible, for much nicer turn-in.
- Add the Shelby two-bar, four-nuts-per-side
- Insinuate the very nice GT/CS
coupe into the Shelby
Terlinguafest at the eponymous West Texas community, 2008-09-25/29.
- Try that set of Saleen Parnelli
Jones Edition Minilite-like wheels (from eBaY: 19x9 for the front,
19x10 for the rear) (remember when we would kill for rims seven inches
wide?). Put on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 275-35 tires that
look, stick, and travel good (their $1,600 price tag brought this
little improvement up to about $2,600 total. Worth every penny). They
good on the High Performance White GT/CS, but ...
- Today's wheel/tire setup is:
SVT wheels (18x9.5) with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 285-40 tires
all corners; the GT500 uses 255-45 tires in front.
and install a K&N "Typhoon" CARB exempt cooler air intake. Special
tuning for "off-road" use is available through BamaChips Torque, Performance,
and Race tunes via SCT X3 re-assigned from the V6.)
- That intake has since been replaced
by the FRPP M-9603-GTB "Bullitt" cooler
air intake like the one on the 2008 convertible.
installed the Ford Racing Performance Parts M-5230-GTA axle-back mufflers, just
like on the Shelby GT, previously on the V6 convertible. They sound good, and
add a little to the shift-by-ear equation that was upset by "quiet"
stock rolled-tip mufflers. That made it just right. Not as just-right as it could
have been: swapped the "H-pipe" section for a new FRPP "X-pipe";
now it's just-righter as it can be ... maybe.
installed FRPP (Ford Racing Performance Products) differential gears: 3.73:1.
Strong change with relatively little increase in cruising RPM (2100 stock, 2400
installed GT500 brakes and stainless brake lines. Quite a noticeable difference
- In its
best configuration, this coupe did a 9.299-second eighth-mile pass at QualComm's
strip, MPH 78.94 on the stock original wheels and tires (2009-07-10).