Detroit – Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), unveiled today its new 850 horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake “Wide Body” as well as the new performance tuned Shelby Focus ST at the North American International Auto Show. The two cars represent bookends in the lineup of high performance vehicles available from Shelby American.
“Carroll Shelby’s innovative and aggressive hot-rodder spirit lives on at Shelby American today. ” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “His Cobra redefined the sports car genre and then Shelby turned what some called a ‘secretary’s car’, the Mustang, into the fire-breathing GT350. A few years later, Shelby practically invented the American ‘Pocket Rocket’ with the four-cylinder turbocharged, front wheel drive Shelby GLH. This year, we’re returning to our roots with a pair of game-changing cars that will rewrite the rules for American performance.”
Shelby American takes the stock 662 horsepower 2013 GT500 and boosts its performance to a street-legal 850 horsepower while keeping it 50 state emissions legal and tuned on 91 octane pump gas. Adding Shelby’s new “Wide Body” option puts all that power to the pavement, and the rest is history.
“Now with 13 inch rear and 10 inch front wheels that are wrapped in serious rubber, the car launches and handles like the super car it is,” added Gary Davis, vice president of production at Shelby American. “The optional wide body package isn’t just a cosmetic change, it now gives the Super Snake much more traction and makes it easy to exploit the Shelby’s potential right past the competition.”
Customers can choose between Satin Black, Gloss White, Silver, Blue and Red stripes. Offered now for the first time, wheel options include a rear-only or front and rear “wide body” packages.
Even though the new “Wide Body” Super Snake will have the chops to lead the muscle car pack, it is the return of Carroll Shelby’s beloved “Pocket Rocket” that may be the biggest news in Detroit.
“Carroll Shelby ignored critics who said the turbo four Omni couldn’t be an affordable performance car in the 1980s,” noted Gary Patterson, vice president of Operations/Sales. “He proved them wrong with an impressive, lightweight four cylinder performer. Ford Motor Company’s new Focus ST is the perfect platform for the rebirth of the front wheel drive turbo four cylinder Shelby. It is a car that Carroll wanted to build before his passing and is a worthy successor to his ‘Pocket Rocket’ GLH.”
Designed in the Shelby skunkworks and tested extensively at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the front wheel drive Shelby Focus ST is a driver-focused masterpiece of performance with a budget minded price.
New Ford Racing suspension pieces lower the car while the wheels and tires improve grip and traction. The bigger Shelby spec brakes with drilled rotors enhance the stopping power, while the sound of the Shelby/Borla exhaust makes it uniquely Shelby. Inside, the car has a complete Shelby branded custom interior, Shelby shifter and finished off with the unique Shelby CSM badge. On the outside, the Shelby is easily identified by its functional hood vents, hydro-carbon front and rear grille inserts, Shelby lettering and rear Hydro-carbon spoiler. Three visual graphics packages are offered, ranging from “traditional” Shelby stripes to more edgy Shelby checkered flag splash or competition graphics. Under the hood, Shelby American adds stylish hydro-carbon components and is developing an optional performance tune expected to significantly increase horsepower.
The post-title package for the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake starts at $28,995 (662 hp) and $39,995 (850 hp). The “Wide Body” option adds another $17,995, not including the base GT500. The 2013 Shelby Focus ST post-title package begins at $14,995 not including the Ford Focus ST and will be limited to 500 per model year.
Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition cars. Interested parties should contact the sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. Shelby American offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake, and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang, as well as the 2013 Shelby Focus ST. For more info, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Specifications
850 Horsepower Wide Body Street Edition
Shelby/Ford Racing Whipple 850 HP Supercharger – Black Finish (850 HP Package)
Shelby Performance Radiator
Shelby Performance Heat Exchanger
Shelby Performance Cooling Tanks
Shelby/Wilwood Front & Rear Brake Kit
Shelby Front Brake Duct Cooling Kit
20” Shelby Super Snake 3 Piece Billet Forged Wheels
Michelin Performance Tires
Shelby Upgraded Suspension Package
Shelby Rear Panhard Bar
Shelby Caster Camber Plate Kit
Shelby White Ball Short Throw Shifter
Shelby/Borla Axle-Back Muffler Kit
Shelby Super Snake Hood
Shelby Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
CSM Numbered Dash Plaque & Engine Plate
Super Snake Billet Aluminum Badging
Shelby Super Snake Fender Emblems
Shelby Faux Rear Cap
Shelby Deck Lid Lettering
Super Snake Stripe Kit (available in Gloss White, Matte Black, Silver or Azure Blue)
Shelby Super Snake Upper Mesh Grille Insert
Rear Quarter Window Side Scoops or Paint Matched Block-Offs
Billet Fluid Engine Cap Kit & Dip Stick
Interior A-Pillar Pod & Gauges
Super Snake Embroidered Headrest Covers (for non Recaro Seats)
Super Snake Lit Door Sill Plates
Shelby Wide Body Kit Conversion Kit (optional)
Shelby Wide Body Kit Rear Only Conversion (optional)
Shelby Aluminum Watts Link Rear Suspension (optional)
Shelby/Ford Racing Suspension Sway Bar Kit (optional)
Museum Delivery Program (Optional)
Shelby Focus ST Specifications
Shelby Spec Front Brake Upgrade
Shelby Spec Rear Rotor Upgrade
Shelby Wheels & Tires
Shelby Short Throw Shifter
Shelby/Ford Racing Suspension Package
Shelby/Borla Cat Back Exhaust
Shelby Engine Appearance Package
Shelby Premium Interior Package
Shelby CSM Numbered Dash Plaque & Engine Plate
Shelby Center Cap Emblems
Shelby Rear Lettering
Shelby Custom Hood with Heat Extractors
Shelby Exterior Graphics
NOTE – Additional Exterior Graphics Packages Available
Museum Delivery Program (Optional)
Shelby Performance Tune Option Coming Soon
Carbon Fiber Hood Option Coming Soon