So you’ve got a Ford Mustang Shelby 500 GT, and you figure the 500bhp its 5.4-litre V8 develops isn’t enough. What do you do?
Take it to an aftermarket tuner? Or lobby the Ford Motor Company or Shelby Automobiles for a solution?
Well, the Blue Oval and Shelby have already moved to ramp up the GT500 (pictured on these pages), offering an additional 100 or 225 horsepower.
You can have the 600bhp car with a warranty or take your chances on the 725bhp beast without warranty.
Shelby Automobiles will use newly-developed Ford Racing GT500 performance packs to help transform a limited number of 2007 and 2008 Ford Shelby GT500s into, what it terms, “fire breathing” Super Snake coupes.
The Super Snake package will include enhancements to the Ford Shelby GT500’s handling, styling and power.
Tuning options will range from a warranted 600bhp V8 to more than 725 (unwarranted).
Only a limited number of Super Snakes will be built per model year at the Shelby Automobiles headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning later this year.
“My team at Shelby Automobiles is always working on new ways to build better performing cars,” says Carroll Shelby.
“I told them that I wanted to build a vehicle that could blow the doors off of almost anything on the planet.”
“By partnering with Ford Racing, we’re giving enthusiasts a Mustang with that level of performance.”
Working together at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and in Dearborn, Ford Racing and Team Shelby developed the aggressive suspension and engine package specifically for the car.
“Mustang enthusiasts are demanding more from both Ford Racing and Shelby Autos,” said Jamie Allison, manager of Ford Racing Performance Group.”
“The GT500 Super Snake package, with its higher horsepower levels and balanced, track-inspired tuning, satisfies those demands and then some…in a uniquely Ford/Shelby way.”
In 1967, Shelby American built one 427 V8-powered GT500 Super Snake for Mel Burns Ford.
Carroll Shelby drove it at the Goodyear test track for tyre promotion film production. That car reached lap speeds of more than 150mph and a top speed of 170mph.
Shelby says the new Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake will be equally potent.
“The name Super Snake is legendary because the one that Shelby built was the pinnacle of muscle cars in 1967,” says Shelby Automobiles president, Amy Boylan.
“We’re bringing that concept forward 40 years for customers who own a Ford Shelby GT500. We’ll give their car amazing new capabilities.”