Tech: Shelby GT500 Clutch Upgrade

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Heavy Duty

Installing McLeod’s RXT1200 clutch in an 800-plus-horsepower GT500

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of VMP Performance

The Shelby GT500 presents a daunting challenge for a clutch. These are heavy cars that produce tons of torque. When you bolt on a set of sticky tires, raise the rpm to the moon and dump the clutch as many owners are wont to do, and the clutch is stuck between the rock we live on and a really torquey hard place.

VMP Tuning’s BJ McCarty puts plenty of street miles and drag strip laps on you 2007 Shelby GT500. When it was time for a clutch upgrade, he chose McLeod Racings’ RXT 1200 Twin Disc Clutch (PN 6918-07HD; $1,993.75), which is designed to support up to 1,200 horsepower while retaining streetable actuation.
VMP Tuning’s BJ McCarty puts plenty of street miles and drag strip laps on his 2007 Shelby GT500. When it was time for a clutch upgrade, he chose McLeod Racings’ RXT 1200 Twin Disc Clutch (PN 6918-07HD; $1,993.75), which is designed to support up to 1,200 horsepower while retaining streetable actuation.

That’s definitely the case when it comes to VMP Performance Business Manager BJ McCarty’s 2007 GT500. Since the day he bought it, this Shelby has split time between the street and numerous trips to the drag strip. Over the years it’s been upgraded with numerous parts, including VMP’s highly effective Gen2 TVS supercharger upgrade.

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