Co­bra trib­ute to Shelby – the mus­cle-car man

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

FORD Amer­ica and friends of Car­roll Shelby have made a one-off Shelby Co­bra to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the ul­ti­mate two-seater mus­cle car, the Shelby Co­bra, and the pass­ing this year of its cre­ator. The base car was the 662-horse­power 2013 Shelby GT500.

The group “Friends of Car­roll” cre­ated the one-ofa-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Co­bra wide-body Mus­tang that now gen­er­ates more than 850 horse­power with the help of a Ford Rac­ing Whip­ple su­per­charger.

Putting that much power to the ground re­quires plenty of trac­tion, so the 13-inch-wide rear wheels use 345-sec­tion high-per­for­mance tyres for ex­tra grip.

Shelby, a Le Mans win­ner, was a gi­ant in Amer­i­can mo­tor sport. For more than half a cen­tury, he in­spired de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers throughout the ex­tended Ford fam­ily. As a teenager, Ed­sel Ford II worked for Shelby do­ing a va­ri­ety of jobs in­clud­ing clean­ing trans­mis­sion parts.

Up un­til his death, Car­roll Shelby re­mained com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing great per­for­mance cars. Even at the age of 88, he spent more than five hours driv­ing the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion Mus­tang ever dur­ing engi­neer­ing val­i­da­tion ses­sions at Se­bring and the Ari­zona Prov­ing Grounds in late 2011.

ONE-OF-A-KIND: The 850-horse­power 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Co­bra.

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