Ford, together with Shelby American, Ford Racing, and the friends of Carroll Shelby, have come together to build a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra as a tribute to the late Shelby.
"Even at 89 years of age, Carroll was an inspiration to us all," said Ford group vice president for sales and marketing Jim Farley. "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra. The one-off car we have created represents the very idea he had about making the 2013 Shelby GT500 into a true Cobra."
Based on the 662hp 2013 Shelby GT500, the power output of the wide-bodied 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra has been bumped up to more than 850hp with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger. Since that much power requires a lot of traction, the 13-inch-wide rear wheels are fitted with 345-section high-performance tires for extra grip.
Ford Motor Company teamed up with Shelby American, Carroll Shelby's company, for several key components on the tribute car. Shelby American provided a specially designed hood, 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 many of the Shelby Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s.
"Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever," said Shelby American president John Luft. "And while he was proud of Shelby American's achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we would build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build just as you'll find it in the rear wide-body kit and hood integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra."