Naming a car Code Red is ridiculous in the best way.
BY MACK HOGAN
AUG 23, 2022
Tuning company Shelby American has announced a 1300-hp monster called the GT500 Code Red. The upgrade package starts at $209,995 and no, that doesn’t include the car itself.
That means you’ll have to supply your own GT500—itself nearly $100,000 in base form—to start the conversion. And despite the confusing name, it’s important to note that this isn’t a factory Ford effort. While the Blue Oval uses the Shelby name as a Mustang sub-brand, Shelby American is a completely separate entity known for tuner cars and projects like the carbon-bodied Shelby Cobra.
The Code Red project is one of the firm’s experimental builds, which usually don’t see production. This time, however, Shelby American says it’s making 10 units per model year of 2020, 2021, and 2022 GT500s. Those cars will be upgraded with an intercooled twin-turbo setup for the 5.2-liter V-8, custom pistons, a new exhaust, competition valves, new oil pumps, a reworked fuel system, an anti-lag system, and more.
Output on E85 is 1300-hp and 1000 lb-ft of torque. Run the car on pump gas and the claimed output falls to “over 1000” hp and 780 ft-lbs of torque, big gains over the 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of the standard car. To cope with the power, Code Red cars get Ford Performance sway bars, wider bodies, performance half shafts, retuned MagneRide, and wider tires. There’s no word on when the first one will be delivered, but we imagine interested buyers will be motivated by the limited production to move quickly.