Speed limiters have a number of reasons for existing but in the case of the GT500 it is put in place to maximize the overall performance of the vehicle. That may sound counter intuitive to people who simplistically think that performance is defined by a top speed. You have to look at the car as a whole. The base GT500 is targeted at the drag strip crowd. The “track package” version of the new GT500 is designed for the guys who want speed around a track to get low lap times. There isn tmuch difference going from 50 to 75, or from 75 to 100, or even 100 to 125……..but when you go from 175 to 200 that is a big leap in terms what is required of the aero and horsepower on a car.
Most stock 2013/14 gt500s ran in the 11 to 12 second range with top speeds of 120 to 130 mph. The new base stock 2020 GT500 will probably be a little faster but it isn’t going to do anywhere near 180, so again the engineers want the car most aerodynamically efficient and planted below 180 to reduce drag strip time slips.
So then the weak argument is….. well, what if I want to do 180 plus at the drag strip?......
Unless you go twin turbo and go up to ridiculous 2000+ hp plus specialized drag cars that do 7s and top speeds of 200+ you have already spent tens of thousands of dollars and modified the hell out of the car engine wise and aerodynamically so a speed limiter is long gone anyway.
In regard to the track package version. Most people weekend warrior tracking their GT500 track package cars in the American Circuits will not see top speeds in excess of 180 and they want the car planted well for cornering to reduce lap times. If they designed the car to be stable at 200 mph+ it would not be planted as well in corners for a track and would not be as aerodynamically efficient. Thats the tradeoff. Again of you want to get in to the 200 mph track time then you are talking spending huge dollars on hp adders and aero anyway and again the speedlimter is long gone anyway.
Ford knows thier market well and they realize way more people are going to drag race and track their car……… and those drivers could care less about a “top speed”. They want low drag time slips and low lap times.
For the few that want to go out and try join the 200 mph club, They are just going to do a quick tune to eliminate the speed limiter. It’s a tune, its not rocket surgery. People who want to go 200+ mph are going to find a way to do it, and Ford for the time being is going to let you do that on your own dime and at your own risk. They aren’t going to lose any business because of it.
All the argument that Dodge does this, or GM does that, doesn’t mean squat and it also doesn’t mean Ford has to “answer” it. Dodge and GM keep fighting imaginary “horsepower wars” or imaginary “top speed battles”….meanwhile Ford focuses on it market and provides purpose built performance vehicles based on that data………….if some people think Ford is so “wrong” in doing so, then they need to ask themselves “Why does the Mustang keep outselling the Challenger and Camaro combined?”………...