Cobra tribute to Shelby – the muscle-car man
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.