At this year’s edition of the Pebble Beach event, Shelby SuperCars brought the Tuatara, which promises to snatch the title of the fastest car in the world from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The car will come with a huge V8 7.0-liter twin-turbo engine that should output 1,350 hp!
The design of the car was created by Jason Castriota, who is Saab’s design director. The car was styled around a new exclusive carbon fiber monocoque chassis and rides on one-piece carbon fiber rims.
The automaker plans on producing only 16 units per year starting with the beginning of 2013 and it will carry a price tag of approximately $1 million. As a reminder, Shelby’s previous hyper car was the Ultimate Aero which at some point was the fastest production car in the world, a title which was taken later on by the aforementioned Veyron SS. Shelby plans on taking the Tuatara to the Nurburgring to destroy the current lap record.
The Oklahoma-based American tuner Classic Recreations brought back to life “Elanor” – the 1967 Shelby GT500, at the 2010 SEMA show earlier this month. Dubbed “G.T.500CR”, it is a recreation of the original car, not a restoration. Recreation means that it has all the modern technologies available in most cars on sale now, like a coil-over suspension or an overdrive transmission, but keeping the original look of the automobile that made it famous.
In Las Vegas at the SEMA Show, CR brought two exemplars of the car; one was displayed at Cobra Electronics while the other was available at the Ford booth. Both cars have a massive hand-built 7.0-liter (427 cubic inch) engine, capable of producing 406 kW (545 bhp). The car is offered with a Tremec manual gearbox, Shelby 427 17-inch rims and Carroll Shelby signature gauges and seats for the interior.
To maintain the original look of the 1967 model, Classic Recreations equipped the car with 1967 door panels, an aluminum steering wheel, dash and trim along with the woodgrain. This 545 bhp monster is available for sale at a starting price of $119,000. The American tuners promised a more powerful Venom variant for 2011, capable of outputting 780 bhp. Prices start at $199,000 for this model.
Traditional Ford Mustang tuner Shelby has begun polling customers about what other types of tuned and upgraded models they might like to see in the future.
Among the options listed we see a monster Shelby GT500 (pictured above), based on the last generation performance model (2007-2009). This ugpraded muscle car would get a special variable twin-turbo system on the 5.4-liter V8 which will take output as high as 1,000 HP, all sent to the rear wheels. As you can imagine, upgraded suspension, a new wide body kit and plenty of other upgrades are also included. Sadly, the estimated price of $100,000, without the cost of a stock Shelby GT500, is a bit of a downer.
Luckily, Shelby is also considering a tuned version of the Mustang V6, presumably badged as a GTS model. The main upgrades will be made to the insides, including a revised suspension, braking system and a new exhaust. The exterior will also be treated with a special body kit. Pricing for the Shelby Mustang V6 GTS package is a bit more plausible, ranging from $9,000 to $12,000.
There are also two other concepts, based on the 2011 Mustang GT, which include most of the upgrades already revealed for the GTS. Still, those that want extra power from their GT can already choose from superchargers made by Ford Racing or Roush Performance.
If you like your Ford Mustang models to come with a bit of customization, then you certainly know of the biggest names in the business, Shelby and Roush.
Given their rivalry, the two companies haven’t exactly seen eye to eye over the years, but now, for a special charity project, both Caroll Shelby and Jack Roush have teamed up to build a unique ‘Stang model.
The 2011 Ford Mustang GT SR-71 Blackbird, as its name suggests, started out as a regular Mustang GT, but was customized with elements borrowed from the iconic SR-71 Blackbird airplane.
Among the modifications made to the model, we find things like a black and gray matte exterior paint job, special SVT wheels, a roll cage, as well as a Ford Racing supercharger coupled with a new high-flow exhaust system. On the inside, the sports Recaro seats boast the signature of both Shelby and Roush.
This unique Ford Mustang will be auctioned off at the EAA AirVenture, benefiting the Young Eagles charity program. It will be showcased on July 27 in the Ford hangar of the AirVenture, and sold on July 29 to the highest bidder.
One of the most iconic muscle cars in America, the Ford Mustang, is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014, so for traditional Mustang tuner Shelby, it’s never too early to start thinking about that special occasion.
In a recent interview with MotorTrend, Shelby American’s current CEO, John Luft, said that the company is working closely with the Blue Oval to release something extremely special, not just a Mustang with a few badges on it.
According to the exec, tuning legend and founder of the company, Caroll Shelby, has been spending some time at the Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters of Ford, in order to really straighten out the celebrations for the ‘Stang’s half century birthday.
Until then though, Luft also hinted that track-ready ‘R’ models might be resurrected, seeing as how the 2011 Mustang is moving beyond its muscle car, drag-ready image, to a more balanced, racing persona. If you want to celebrate the Mustang’s birthday early, don’t forget that the 2011 Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 are already up for sale.
A few months ago, after the 2011 Ford Mustang was revealed, traditional Ford tuners Shelby decided to showcase the 2011 Shelby Mustang GT350 package at the Barrett-Jackson auction event.
For those who forgot, the car used the same 5.0-liter V8 engine as the 2011 ‘Stang, but added a supercharger that took the output to 500 HP. Besides that, a plethora of performance and handling upgrades were also added, from Ford Racing suspension to the Baer brakes, Borla exhaust or the six-speed manual gearbox.
Now, Shelby revealed that new versions of the GT350 will be made available, sporting a naturally aspirated version of the 5.0-liter V8, capable of 412 HP but also an automatic gearbox. Why the new options? Because the company wants to enter the car into the SCCA racing championship, where superchargers aren’t allowed.
Another big reason, one would assume, is to reduce the price of the Shelby GT350 package. The supercharged one costs $33,995, while the naturally aspirated one around $26,995. As you could have guessed, you still need to buy your 2011 Ford Mustang and ship it to Shelby for the performance package install.
The 2011 Ford Mustang, with its new 5.0-liter V8 engine has certainly made plenty of muscle car fans anxious to get their hands on it, but now, traditional Ford customization company, Shelby, has presented the 2011 GT350 Mustang, its own upgraded take on the upcoming sportscar.
Available as a post-order upgrade, customers will be able to ship their new Mustangs directly to the Shelby plant in Las Vegas, or drive the cars there themselves. At that location, the models will receive a wide array of upgrades, including a new Ford Racing supercharger, which boosts power to around 500 HP, a Ford Racing suspension, a Baer braking system, Borla exhaust or Cragar wheels.
A new bodykit (a bit on the chunky side) will also be added, which features a redesigned front fascia, a splitter, functional hood scoop, rear deck lid filler panel, and a revamped rear fascia with a center exhaust exit. The paint finish will only be available as white with blue racing stripes.
What’s the cost for this aftermarket goodness? Shelby says $33,995, but before you place your order, the price doesn’t include the base car, which will also cost around $30,000. Put them together and that’s a lot of cash for a customized American muscle car.
In order to justify your purchase, check out the gallery below.
Renown coachbuilder Shelby has is iconic to many muscle car fans due to the great work it did with various Ford models, with the biggest attention going to the Mustang, which has seen many different editions appear, with one of the most impressive being the Super Snake-badged ones.
But at this year’s SEMA show, Shelby also revealed a performance version of the Ford F-150 pick-up truck, which besides the custom paint scheme in red and black stripes on the inside, has received a 5.4-liter engine which outputs 475 HP.
Besides the increase in power, the performance kit also includes a 6-piston braking system, a lowered (by 3 inches/76mm) and stiffened suspension but also a new body kit. The latter is constituted from a new front fascia, a mesh grille, a carbon fiber splitter, fender vents and new ducts to cool the brakes.
Of course, Super Snake and Shelby badges have been spread all around the custom pick-up, to make any fan proud of his purchase.
While the current generation Ford Mustang is quite attractive for muscle car fans, many can’t deny that the classic 1960s Mustangs were some of the most beautiful cars ever made, with the cherry on top being the special editions released by performance companies like Shelby.
Now, in order to bring back those classic times, coach builder Classic Recreations has announced that it has secured the licensing deal with Shelby to commence building the classic GT500CR based on the 1967 and 1968 Ford Mustang models.
“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to work with a legend like Carroll Shelby,” said Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel. “We pride ourselves on building the finest coachbuilt muscle cars in the world, and I’m thrilled that this new opportunity will allow us to build some of the fastest and coolest supercars on the road today. Other shops build cars. We sit down with a client, listen to their fantasies, and then turn those into reality.”
What’s even more interesting, especially for purists, is that each model built by Classic Recreations will feature a unique serial number in the Shelby database. Each car will be made with performance parts, guaranteeing the best satisfaction.
This is certainly great news for Mustang fans, but no other details or prices were given yet, so you’ll have to wait a few more weeks.
With the new 2010 Ford Mustang unveiled about two months ago, it was just a matter of time before we got to see the new Shelby GT500. With its debut scheduled for the Detroit Motor Show next week, the most powerful car to come out of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is powered by a supercharged and intercooled 5.4-liter dual overhead cam V8 engine which is expected to deliver 540 hp and 510 ft-lb of torque.
Among the new features the 2010 Shelby GT500 sports are: nww gearbox enhancements which allows the car to deliver improved acceleration performance and better highway fuel efficiency, aggressive new exterior design with new functional details, such as the hood extractor to remove heat from the engine and “Gurney Flap” spoiler to tune rear downforce and a new exclusive interior featuring genuine materials such as real leather in all seats, real aluminum on the instrument panel and Alcantara inserts on the seats and steering wheel.
Built at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, the 2010 Shelby GT500 will be available in dealerships this spring.
After a lot of speculation, Jalopnik dropped the bomb today and announced what will be the mystery car to play K.I.T.T. in the next Knight Rider movie and that is the Shelby GT500 King of the Road, based on the Ford Mustang. Frankly, I’m not that thrilled about the Mustang, because I don’t know if its ‘fierce’ looks is right for K.I.T.T. I mean, I can’t imagine a Mustang saying “Hello, Michael!” as good as the original Pontiac Firebird did. And here are also a few Photoshopped pics of a GT500 KR to get a better idea how the K.I.T.T. will look like. What do you think about it? Is it a good choice? Feel free to leave a comment here. (more…)
It’s been 40 years since the first Shelby “King of the Road” Mustang was released, and Ford and Shelby decided to celebrate this by presenting the new Shelby GT500KR. The Mustang will be powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack that boosts engine output to an estimated 540 hp.
Produced in a limited edition of 1,000 units, the Shelby GT500KR coupe comes with a custom carbon composite hood with scoops and stainless steel twist-down hood pins, a lower front air dam with chrome-trimmed functional brake ducts and large 14-inch Brembo front brakes. The suspension has been modified with an emphasis on race-inspired handling.
Drawing inspiration from the classic 1968 KR model, the Shelby GT500KR also features 40th Anniversary exterior badging, unique striping and a distinctive interior with Carroll Shelby-signature embroidered seats and a 40th Anniversary numbered dash plaque. Click for more pics. (more…)