As executive director of Ford's SVT vehicles, Hau Thai-Tang introduced Ford's newest Mustang addition: the Shelby GT 500 Mustang convertible. Beginning April 1, Hau becomes a corporate officer and Ford's vice president of engineering and global product development. Hau was joined on stage by Tom Jones, Ford's SVT chief program engineer, who said: "With the new GT500, SVT engineers have developed a high-performance Mustang that has not only won the blessing of Carroll Shelby himself, but one that lives up to the best of what the GT500 badge represents to enthusiasts. The Shelby GT500 delivers on all the key ingredients expected of an SVT Mustang: big power, great handling, awesome brakes, and of course, a distinct look."
The convertible is the newest drop-top model and commemorative-lighted SVT door sill plate to celebrate the SVT's 20-year anniversary. There are two driving modes, a high performance driving mode and a daily driving mode, which the operator can choose with the switch of a button.
The 2013 Shelby Convertible has a supercharged V-8 engine which can reach a top track speed of more than 200 mph. Ford did not reveal any more performance estimates, only promising that it will be the fastest production Mustang convertible offered by the company.
Ford has continued to improve the performance of their vehicles for the past 20 years. From the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra to the brand new 2013 Shelby GT 500 Mustang, the SVT series has produced more than 210,000 cars and trucks during its impressive 20-year history.
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