Ultimate one-off Shelby Mustang revealedBy Philip Shoulder
August 31, 2012
Ford’s most potent Mustang yet – the GT500 Cobra - has been unveiled to commemorate the death of renowned automotive engineer and racer, Carroll Shelby, in May.
The new one-of-a-kind GT500 Cobra sports an 850-horsepower Ford Racing V8, Shelby American wide-body kit, and is finished in Cobra historical Guardsman Blue/Wimbledon White stripe paint.
The project was a joint collaboration of ‘Friends of Carroll Shelby’, including Ford Motor Company, Shelby American and Ford Racing.
Using the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation, “Friends of Carroll” created the one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang that now generates more than 850 horsepower thanks to a Ford Racing 4.0- litre Whipple supercharger.
Coping with such immense power requires plenty of traction, so the 13-inch-wide rear wheels are wrapped in massive 345-section high-performance tyres for extra grip.
Shelby American provided several key components on the Carroll Shelby tribute car, including a specially designed bonnet, new rear wide-body kit, Shelby Wilwood brakes and new 20x13-inch rear and 20x10-inch front wheels.
The bodywork is finished in the same Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s.
Since then Cobra has been the consistent performance label associated with Ford and Shelby was instrumental in the creation of Ford performance vehicles including Cobras, the GT40 and Mustangs since the mid-1960s.