Twin-Turbo Shelby F-150 Picks a Fight with a McLaren, Teaches Supercar a Lesson

Respected for assets such as one of the best power-to-weight ratios in their segments, McLarens have become sort of a yardstick for drivers who mod their vehicles—stand up to one of these British supercars and you know you’ve built your machine well. And the challenge gets even more exciting when the opponent of the Macca is a Ford F-150, albeit one that’s received Shelby assistance and then some.

Yes, McLaren ended production of Sport Series models like the 600LT back in December 2020. However, assets such as the 592 hp (600 PS) of the twin-turbo 3.8L V8, the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox or the 2,989 lbs (1,356 kg) kerb weight (partially owed to the Longtail track-specific approach) mean the Brit remains a force to be reckoned with.

What is the spec of the Hank Shelby F-150?

YouTuber itsjusta6 (Gavin Trace Simon) has been working on Hank, his modded Shelby F-150 for quite a while and we’ve previously seen the bed-gifted machine doing battle with a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody.

However, the pickup truck seems to be getting meaner and meaner as the vlogger keeps adding parts, as, for instance, he recently installed a set of Weld beadlock wheels shod in Mickey Thompson ET Street SS (radial street-to-strip tires) on the AWD truck.

Using these smaller 17-inch wheels that allow the higher-sidewall tires to put the power down also involved installing smaller Ford brakes, as the new rolling hardware didn’t clear the large Shelby brakes (the vehicle used to ride on 22-inch wheels). As a result, the truck is lower, which should help with aerodynamics.

In its Shelby form, this F-150 sports a Coyote V8, and the 5.0-liter N/A unit churns out 395 hp (this is the base motor for the Shelby truck). However, the engine has been gifted with a Hellion twin-turbo kit, a custom fuel system that allows it to sip on ethanol, and a Lund tune.

A previous dyno session showed that the engine now delivers up to 805 hp at the wheels on E85—that’s north of 900 hp at the crank. For the record, pump gas will see this bad boy sitting at around 600 ponies.

It’s also worth noting the thing still features the stock ten-speed automatic transmission, torque converter included.

The vlogger also weighed the vehicle, so we know that, in its current form, it tips the scales at 4,633 lbs (2,100 kg). Sure, this is a regular cab, small bed F-150 with an aluminum body, but, as the aficionado aptly points out, it’s still impressive to see the twin-turbocharged pickup sitting just, say, one heavy passenger (200 lbs/90 kg) above a Challenger Hellcat.

Twin-Turbo Shelby F-150 vs McLaren 600LT

Based on some previous street testing, Hank can pull low-11s quarter-mile runs, albeit with a passenger on board. Now, the McLaren 600LT Coupe can go as low as 10.8 seconds in the 1/4-mile, so Gavin wanted to see how the two beasts stack up against each other in a rolling race.

Before we move any further, we’ll remind you not to use such street fights as an example and head over to the track when you’re feeling competitive.

The twin-turbo Shelby F-150 and the McLaren 600LT duked it on multiple occasions, as shown in the video below. While getting an even start didn’t come easy (another reason to hit the drag strip), it looks like the pickup truck can stand up to the supercar.

And with Gavin promising to hit the drag strip in the future, we’ll get the chance to see how the TT Shelby F-150 behaves on the prepped surface.



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