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Patents for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Reveal Elements of Design

February 26, 2019


According to Auto Evolution and, new patents filed by Ford offered some early clues about the highly anticipated 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 model, before it was unveiled on January 14, 2019.

Some of Ford’s recent patent filings, suspected to be linked to the new GT500 model, include:

  • active brake cooling system for optimal cooling, published on November 1, 2018 (publication number US 2018/0313418 A1);

  • active aerodynamic underbody shield, published on September 20, 2018 (publication number US 2018/0265142 A1);

  • active hood vent system, published on October 18, 2018 (publication number US 2018/0297650 A1);

  • system for speed control on vehicles with a vented hood and rain tray, published on August 23, 2018 (publication number US 2018/0238254 A1);

  • side splitter with dive plan feature, published on October 18, 2018 (publication number US 2018/0297649 A1); and

  • Strut-tower brace, patent granted December 4, 2018 (Patent number US 10, 144, 456 B1).

The 2020 Shelby GT500 will be manufactured at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. In 2018, the Mustang outsold the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro.

According to Bloomberg, this high-performance Mustang model comes with a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 engine and more than 700 horsepower and can get to 60 mph in just over three seconds.


Authors: Amanda Bertucci and Alexandra Murray


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