Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 lap time at Laguna Seca (post 1988)

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 completed a lap of Laguna Seca (post 1988) in 1 minute and 33.8 seconds.

Track Laguna Seca (post 1988)
Type flying start
Vehicle Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (Mk VI facelift)
Power / weight 771 ps / 1886 kg
Driver Randy Pobst
Time 1:33.810
Peak speed 225 kph (140 mph)
Average speed 138 kph (86 mph)
Submitted 10.01.2021 by Hoppelmoppel123
Source Road & Track magazine (United States)
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Reference:   Image of source Road & Track - 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 CFTP Hot Lap! - 2020 Best Driver's Car Contender

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DodgeHEMI426  1w ago

Almost as fast as a Viper TA! Seriously impressive time and also Randy Pobst's "Best Driver's Car"-pick. In the whole competition the car got second place only getting beaten by the Huracan Evo.

 

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Corvolet3  1w ago

My guess is because Laguna Seca is a track like Hockenheim GP, full of long straights. So it can use its sheer amount of power much better. That's probably the reason the 911 Turbo is so fast here as well


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196ss  1w ago

Impressive laptime indeed.
It's strange for me that they picked Huracan Evo first over this beast. May be they just don't wanted to repeat Motortrend choice?


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SpeedKing  1w ago @Corvolet3

Hockenheim(4.6km) is a faster track than Laguna Seca(3.6km) which has shorter straight sections as is evident by the Senna's lap times ie. 1:40(H) vs 1:27(LS)...


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Cocobe  1w ago @Corvolet3

Hockenheim is wayyy faster indeed. Considering you have a couple corners that you don't even need to brake for, then you have turn 1 which you can take at like 150kph, or the turn after the hairpin at 200+kph.

Laguna Seca has a lot of hills tho. There are a couple straights that are quite steep, and that's where powerful cars can make up 1-2 seconds. It also has 3 very tight corners.

If power was such a factor at Laguna Seca, the 991.1 500hp gt3rs, with so little power and so little torque wouldn't have beat this gt500 beast which has SO much more power, and stickier tires too.


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Corvolet3  1w ago @Cocobe

And still the 911 Turbo of that era was faster on the track, even if marginally. And I'm talking about a car that isn't even intended for track racing.

It could probably be the fact that the GT3 RS of that generation wasn't that fast to begin with considering even a Corvette C7 Grand Sport was faster on some German tracks even. Could be that this specific GT3 RS was a modified press car, because even with a weight difference of 400kg the difference can't be that big.