From 1964 to 2014, nearly every single Mustang that rolled off the assembly line shared the same general solid live axle rear suspension design. The rather archaic layout wasn’t without its virtues – low weight, low cost, simplicity, and drag racers tended to prefer the Mustang’s solid axle over the more finicky fully independent rear suspension setups. But when it comes to handling, it never won many arguments.
By the time of the refresh for the 2011 mode year Ford had refined the solid axle well beyond anyone’s expectations, but earlier S197 Mustangs – like the one in this video – still had snap oversteer tendencies and proved to be quite a handful, even in typical GT trim.
Compounding the issue for this particular driver is the fact that the car in question is a Shelby GT500, dishing out 500 horsepower from a supercharged 5.4-liter DOHC V8. While that makes for a lot more fun in a straight line, once the steering wheel starts turning, it ramps up the pucker factor considerably.
And the multitude of bystanders gawking from the unprotected sidewalk? Let’s forget about them for a minute, too. Let’s just focus on the fact that flooring anything with 500 horsepower while the steering wheel is at near full lock is a recipe for a loss of control, and then contemplate the potential results.
Bonus points to this guy for nearly running over additional people at 5 mph because he apparently forgot that the brakes existed, and then even more points for taking off as if nothing happened whilst the passenger inner fender well cover scrapes along the ground. Don’t be this guy.