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How 3D Printing & Programming Helped Design the 2020 Shelby GT500 For Speed

March 29th, 2019

Borgman Ford is beyond impressed with the recently-unveiled 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 – due to start rolling out this summer. This is going to be the fastest, most powerful street-legal production Mustang ever, and a lot of science went into earning that achievement.

While it’s true that there’s no replacement for displacement (and the GT500 has plenty of it,) keeping it as nimble as it is in the corners requires some very careful study and tuning. The minds over at Ford Performance employed a mix of software and 3D printing to dial-in the aerodynamics, which is hugely important for speed and handling.

An article written for the Official Ford Media Center goes into more detail about their process. Here are some excerpts:

Supercomputers and 3D Printing Are Secrets To All-New Mustang Shelby GT500 High Performance

When the 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale later this year, it will be the quickest-accelerating, most aerodynamically advanced street-legal Mustang ever, thanks to virtual testing in supercomputers and 3D printing.

Borrowing best practices from more than a century of racing, Ford Performance designers, powertrain and aerodynamics engineers functioned as a virtual racing team to test hundreds of designs both digitally and physically. They used state-of-the-art digital and additive manufacturing prototyping tools (3D printers) as part of a mission to make the ultimate, most advanced performance street-legal Mustang of all time.

“We created and studied designs among the engineering teams and proved out different strategies long before we built our first prototype cars,” said Matt Titus, Ford Performance vehicle engineer. “Not only did this improve the effectiveness of the designs, it dramatically reduced the time it took to develop the GT500 – and the costs associated with that.”

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