The Raiders are ready to "just win, baby!"
The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 is the ultimate version of the Mustang. It is powered by a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 (called the Predator), producing 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque going out to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Such a high-powered performance car doesn't come cheap, with prices for the GT500 starting at $70,300 and going significantly higher with options and dealer markups.
But the GT500's sticker price should be of no consequence to a man like Jon Gruden, head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders (formerly the Oakland Raiders) football team. Gruden signed a lucrative 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders back in 2018, and as a welcome-to-Vegas gift, Southern Nevada Ford Dealers have decided to surprise him with a brand-new, custom GT500.
Ford Country posted photos of the car handoff on its social media channels.
"Southern Nevada Ford Dealers officially welcomes Las Vegas Raiders Coach Jon Gruden to the Ford Family! To mark this momentous occasion, Gruden was handed the keys to an all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500," the post reads. "The Coach's new GT500 is only the ninth model produced in a limited Shelby series nationwide and has been fully customized with racing stripes bearing the timeless Raiders colors plus a custom license plate inspired by Raiders legend Al Davis."
The plate on the back reads "JTWYN," which represents the famous quote of former Raiders owner Al Davis, "just win, baby." This GT500 perfectly matches the silver and black color scheme of the Raiders, using Fords' Iconic Silver Metallic paint and black racing stripes.
"That is Henry Ruggs III horsepower right there," in reference to the team's speedy rookie wide receiver who was taken in the first round of the NFL draft. The GT500 is "the best thing I will ever own, next to my Super Bowl trophy," Gruden added. This car also features the Carbon Fiber Track Package, with the massive carbon-fiber rear wing. On this particular car, the rear wing even says, "Raiders."