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The Shelby GT500 is faster than the McLaren F1 in a strange metric

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2020 The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, with its supercharged V8 and 760 horsepower, is claimed to be faster from zero to 100 mph and back to zero than the sacred McLaren F1. It's a silly calculation that hardly anyone uses or is familiar with, but I guess faster is faster.

The McLaren F1 LM, which was a lightweight, more powerful and aerodynamic version of the regular McLaren F1, achieved 0-100-0 sprints in 11.5 seconds. The GT500 did it in 10.6 seconds, according to a Ford press release.

I think it's safe to assume that you and I are both quite familiar with reading zero to 60 times. It's a calculation everyone uses, so we have a pretty good grip on where a car falls compared to everything else when we hear the number. But 0-100-0? Who even uses this? What is the context, apart from other stratospheric cars so often?

Whatever this was achieved, the company reports through the use of the car's power, greasy brakes (16.5-inch front rotors) and the dual clutch system. Dual-link transmissions are generally said to help cars change faster than humans themselves, and are thus integrated in setting faster speeds and acceleration sprints.

The GT500 will not have a manual option, which drew the ears of Mustang and Shelby fans. A Mustang with no manual? Feh! So this 0-100-0 stunt feels a bit like Ford trying to convince us that the double-clutch road was the right way.

But then I have to ask. Would you, a potential buyer, prefer to boast of rarely used statistics or drop the stats and calm your own gear?

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