GT versus SVO

Lets take a look at the handling of the GT versus the SVO. The following two pictures were taken from the exact same spot at the 1983 event, within a few minutes of each other.
This is a GT going through a turn. Note how it's tearing up its outside front tire - rolling over like a FWD car! It's average speed around the track was significantly slower than that of the SVO.This is the SVO in the exact same spot: obviously the handling is considerably better and the SVO is going through the turn far faster. The improvements were obvious - the SVO was far superior due to the lower weight of it's engine, it's suspension tuning, standard KONIs, and the entirely different front suspension (unique K-member, control arms, and geometry). This resulted in considerably less weight over the front wheels and a much better weight balance.

Ford enthusiasts wouldn't see another major improvement in handling until the SN-95 Mustang Cobra was introduced many years later!

The Mustang GT entered by Ford in the prototype class, complete with the 4-barrel Holley carburetor that would debut in the 1983 Mustang GT.
The GT prototype was quick, shown here passing one of the numerous Pintos, but not at all as quick as the SVO.
And of course they had their brake issues, requiring frequent changes of the complete system.
 
 
 
 
 
At dusk: the 1982 Mustang GT entered by Myers Ford dealership.
1982 Mustang GT entered by Myers Ford dealership.

 

1982 Mustang GT entered by Myers Ford dealership.

 

1982 Mustang GT entered by Clinton Ford dealership.