Ford Mustang Shelby

Ford Mustang Shelby

The history of the SVT (Ford’s Special Vehicle Team) began at the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning and now, as a celebration of their 20th anniversary, Ford has unveiled the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

Just like with the coupe version , the GT500 Convertible is powered by a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 650 HP. When equipped with the optional Performance Package, the new GT500 Convertible is nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model at Sebring International Raceway.

"The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is," said Kerry Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. "All of the significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis."

UPDATE 02/08/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible.

Back in 1962, Carol Shelby built his first updated Mustang and now, as a celebration of their 50th anniversary, Shelby is offering a special edition Mustang in three different variants: the GTS, GT350, and Super Snake. Each model will be built in a limited run of 100 units, 50 white and 50 black, and will all be combined with gold racing stripes.

The most powerful version, the Super Snake, delivers a total of 750 HP and comes with a unique body kit, an upgraded interior, and a new set of wheels painted in matte black.

Prices for the new models are as follows: the Shelby GTS is priced at $19,995 for the V-6 and $24,995 for the V-8; the GT350 is priced at $59,995; and the Super Snake is priced at $59,995. All prices do not include the price for the standard 2012 Mustang GT or the Shelby GT500 for the Super Snake version.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary Edition.

The Hagerty Fantasy Bid has catapulted since its inception in 2005, with bids coming in at 10 times the amount of the original game, and its latest offering illustrates this popularity. At the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Scottsdale Auction, Speed TV will be on hand to give away a special edition Ford Racing Champions Shelby GT500 . All you have to do is make a bid during the Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game and you will be automatically entered into the drawing. The winner will be chosen by random drawing from the Fantasy Bid players.

But let’s get back to the actual car that’s up for grabs. The Ford Racing Champions Shelby GT500 Special Edition Mustang was given a few exterior aerodynamic and stylish upgrades, but it still features the standard 5.4-liter V8 engine. The engine, however, has been souped up with a Ford Racing Supercharger kit to take the standard 550 HP all the way up to 750 HP. This engine is then combined with a six-speed manual transmission that succeeds in sending the power to the rear wheels and a new, intense-environment C&R Racing cooling system and a 3.5-inch aluminum drive shaft.

The handling of power is achieved through a high-performance handling pack with Dynamic Suspension’s front-and-rear adjustable shocks, lowering springs, and stabilizer bars in the front and rear. Additionbally, stopping power will be acquired through the use of an upgraded Wilwood brakes package featuring 14-inch drilled, slotted rotors and six-piston forged billet calipers on the front, and 12-inch rotors and four-piston forged billet calipers at the rear.

Details on how to enter your bid during the Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game can be found after the jump.

Source: SpeedTV

Last year at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction Ford has managed to sell a Grabber Blue Boss 302 Laguna Seca for an impressive $450,000. At this year’s event the company will once again come with a special 2013 Shelby GT500 and they hope to raise the same amount of money. All the proceeds will go to the JDRF.

Its true Ford did not revealed any details just yet on this "special" Shelby GT500, but as no unit has been sold just yet we expect this to be the first production 2013 Shelby GT500. We will have the official confirmation in the upcoming weeks.

However, under the hood you will see the same 5.8 liters V8 engine that delivers an impressive 600 HP.

The auction will be held at approximately 8:30 PM January 21, 2012, so if you are interested you have to mark this date. But until then we expect the GT500 Convertible at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

The man may have been dead for 60-something years, but Adolf Hitler is still wreaking havoc these days, albeit in a different manner that what he used to do.

These days, Hitler has been reduced to a funny skit that involves him complaining about anything that wrinkles his mustache. The latest video involves his frustration regarding the better numbers the Ford Shelby GT500 has over the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 .

It’s not enough to incite another World War, but you could see the German dictator isn’t all too happy that Ford has one-upped Chevrolet in the race for muscle car supremacy.

The video is based on the 2004 film Downfall and it’s been on You Tube for a couple of years now, having been treated to accommodate a variety of hilarious scenarios where Hitler loses his lid over anything that irks him.

It’s a hilarious watch, especially when you see Hitler getting all too excited about the Camaro ZL1’s debut at the LA Auto Show only to see the GT500 do it one better. Seriously, the guys over at GM pretty much dragged the Camaro ZL1 through the dirt, picked it back up, stepped on it, and then dragged it again.

There’s some vulgarity in the subtitles so you best watch out for those. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show.

Source: You Tube

Its been a while since we last hear something about the Shelby GT500CR Venom by Classic Recreations . But now the car is back, carrying a different name: GT500CR 900S. The car is powered by a a 427ci V8 engine paired to a ProCharger F1-R centrifugal supercharger for a total output of 790 HP.

And just like with all the previous GT500CR models, with the 900S Classic Recreations did their best to keep the classic looks of the 1967 model. For this the changes to the car’s exterior have been minimal: it gets new authentic Carroll Shelby exterior fiberglass enhancements, sequential Shelby taillights, Carroll Shelby GT500CR emblems, and a Carroll Shelby Lemans racing gas cap. The interior gets Carroll Shelby signature seats, a woodgrain aluminum steering wheel and a 200 mph speedometer. A feature that you won’t find in the classic model is a new Pioneer CD player equipped with a customer subwoofer enclosure, four handmade component speakers and 1000 watt amplifiers.

Prices for the GT500CR 900S start from $199,000.

Some people really do have a twisted sense of imagination, don’t they?

We really don’t have any idea how somebody can dress up a Ford Cargo truck using the iconic Shelby Mustang as in inspiration. The people behind this piece of work, which was on display at the 2011 Fenatran Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, apparently thought that it would be a fantastic idea to do just that.

So, against seemingly every fiber of sense known to man, they went and dressed up this Cargo 1932 with an orange paint finish and matching black stripes as an ode to the Shelby Mustang. Imagine all the brain cells that were roasted during this build. Of course, a creation like this features more than just a sketchy color scheme; it also needs a special new body kit - check - a dressed up interior - check - and a new suspension set-up - check. Heck, even the rear of the truck was designed to look exactly like the rear of a Shelby!

Speaking of the interior, the people behind this Shelby-inspired Ford Cargo saw fit to add black decoration materials on the interior, as well as a new set of sports seats and a sports steering wheel.

Behind all the questions surrounding Optimus Prime’s bastard cousin of a truck, here’s one thing we do know: When Carroll Shelby started his line of special Mustangs, this wasn’t what he had in mind.

Galpin Auto Sports brought the rain, the pain, and a whole lot of noise to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show . With a total of 12 new customized models, GAS really did their homework for some aftermarket action in Las Vegas.

Leading the way was the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake , the modded super muscle car that was treated to an extensive aerodynamic facelift and, more importantly, some performance tweaking that blew the lid off of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

We’ll proceed the ceremonies and tell you about Galpin’s very own hand-made steel body panels that were fitted into the GT500 Super Snake, adding nine inches to the car’s width. To give the car a little old-school Super Snake touch, Galpin custom painted the exterior with a Black paint finish with Tungsten Grey racing stripes, giving that added touch of exclusivity that only a GT500 Super Snake can have. On top of all that, the one-off muscle car also received a new set of lightweight aluminum wheels with their own Super Snake center caps wrapped in Pirelli tires, as well as a set of electric exhaust cutouts.

But the biggest part of the whole Galpin program lies under the GT500 Super Snake’s hood. Already boasting of a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that spews out 750 horsepower, Galpin Auto Sports installed a Kenne Bell liquid-cooled 3.6-liter supercharger system that increased the output of the mighty GT500 Super Snake straight into the vicinity of 1,000 horsepower.

In so many words: wow.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

Electronic Arts is in a giving mood these days, isn’t it?

Days after we found out that the publisher of Need For Speed: The Run was giving away a brand spankin’ new Porsche 911 Carrera S , it has now been brought to our attention that they’ll be giving away another car, albeit in a slightly different manner.

EA, in collaboration with Shelby America, will be auctioning off a special edition 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake "Need For Speed" Edition. The car is the same one that will be gracing the cover of the highly-anticipated NFS: The Run video game and even better, it’s going to be a playable car in the game.

Just in case you need a brush-up on the car, the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 that can produce upwards of 800 horsepower. As far as the special edition muscle car is concerned, the word is that it’s going to come with an output that’s in the 750-horsepower area with a special Wimbledon White paint finish and custom gray stripes. The model will be equipped with a Ford Racing handling pack, including dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars, and front strut tower brace. These features will be combined with a unique fiberglass hood, "Shelby Shelby " lettering across the rear deck lid, official "Super Snake" vehicle badges, and a customized two tone Black interior.

As for the auction, the event is still a long ways from today - late 2012 was the date we heard - but nevertheless, expect it to garner a truckload’s worth of attention from Mustang aficionados everywhere. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, an organization that helps kids and young adults with serious illnesses to gain higher education.

Save up your money, folks. You have a year to replenish your ’bidding funds’ and we suggest you start putting in some of those greenbacks in your piggy banks now.

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In the gear head community, the arrival of a new Shelby GT 500 Mustang is always eagerly awaited. The 2013 Shelby Mustang is no different and this anticipation has been exaggerated because of rumors of a new power plant.

Car and Driver points out that, initially, a turbocharged engine was rumored to be under the hood, but Ford has confirmed that the 2013 Shelby Mustang will keep its supercharged V8. This supercharged V8 will reportedly put out 600 horses. There’s been no word on the price of this top-end pony car, but it will most likely remain in the $50-60K range.

This latest Mustang will face stiff competition from its muscle car rivals from Chevy , Dodge , and Chrysler . The list of rivals from these manufacturers include the Camaro ZL1 , and the Dodge Challenger and Chrysler SRT-8 , if they get the addition of a supercharger.

This is another example of the renewed Detroit civil war and this "conflict" is pushing innovation and engineering to the forefront again in a cut throat competition for the toughest crowd of all: automotive enthusiasts.

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