Ford Mustang Shelby

Ford Mustang Shelby

If you needed any more reason to sweat out the wait for the new Need for Speed SHIFT 2 Unleashed video game, this trailer should drive up the anxiety levels a few notches higher.

The latest in a long line of trailers, this particular one features the game’s Autolog Drift Challenge being played by two of today’s most popular drifters, 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr and Team Need for Speed’s own, Matt Powers.

Powers took to the controls first, customizing a Toyota Corolla to suit his whims. Despite all the tinkering, Powers’ performance was anything but stellar and not up to what he’s capable of in the real world, racking up a pretty pedestrian score of 324. To Power’s good fortune, Gittin. Jr. didn’t fare a whole lot better despite using his usual Ford Shelby GT500 . In the end, the champ’s 337 score was enough to drift past Powers’ best efforts.

Do you think you have what it takes to post higher scores than our seasoned pros? Scoop up a copy of Need for Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed when it drops in stores on March 29th, 2011 and find out.

After being revealed at Barrett Jackson in 2010 as a celebration of the original 1965 Shelby GT350’s 45th anniversary, the 2012 GT350 made its world debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.

The GT350 model is based on the most current Ford Mustang GT and is priced at $26,995.00 (normally aspirated) and $33,995.00 (supercharged). The price, however, doesn’t include the base car which will tack on another $22,000 - $40,000 depending on your preferences.

A convertible version is a welcomed change for 2012 considering the last convertible to be offered was back in 1970. Red and blue will also get added to the list of exterior colors which will make the limited run of 350 models sell out as fast as water in the desert.

The most unique aspect of these powerful Mustangs is that Shelby has been such an integral part of Ford, but managed to remain a separate company. The Shelby Shelby Corporation designs parts and works in conjunction with Ford on some projects, but also designs and sells its own models like the legendary Shelby Cobra.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Shelby GT350 Mustang.

If you put a gun to our head and gave us five seconds to name the greatest American car ever built, we’d spill out the Shelby Cobra’ s name faster than even our minds can process it.

Sure, there are a lot of other vehicles that can lay claim to this subjective title, but we reckon that we’d have a lot of people on our side who agree with us when we say that no American car has been as universally loved and appreciated as the Carroll Shelby’ s masterpiece.

The question that we’d like to ask though is how a 427 SC Cobra – the grand daddy of them all – can hold up to one of its successors, namely the 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake and the ensuing mayhem that follows with that 750 horsepower engine.

To our good fortune, the folks from Hot Rod had the same thought in mind when they took the two Shelbys out on track for a road course and drag strip test to determine which serpent packs a more venomous bite.

Care to find out whose bite is more lethal? Check out the video and see for yourself.

Drew Barrymore has nothing on this little Firestarter. Apparently, some tuners decided to take this Ford Mustang GT500’s 5.4 Liter supercharged V8 engine to another level by getting it up to a dramatic 800hp. And during the dyno testing for this new engine, the tuners got a little more than they bargained for when the engine actually erupted into flames. Not satisfied with the work done, the tuners decided to try it again with the same crazy results. That’s right, these guys tried it again. Isn’t there something about a gas-powered car mixing with fire that should scare the crap out of these people? If not for fear of death, they should at least think about the amount of money that they have just burned to ashes.

You know guys, next time, it may just be easier to take the money out of your wallets and burn that. We’re just saying...

The 5,500 units of the 2011 Shelby GT500 (pictured above) are already sold out, so Mustang lovers best just move on to the next offering from the American automaker; it’s time to start talking about the 2012Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. We may not have any official details on it just yet, but the power of the Internet, and an untrustworthy auto employee, strike again with a leaked document revealing details on the 2012 model’s ordering guide. Guess that means the GT500’s heart will beat for at least one more year.

Nothing much is going to change for the 2012 model considering the Mustang was just given a little refresh for 2011. It will still see its usual coupe and convertible versions, with prices starting from $49,495 and $54,495 respectively. The list of new options only includes new Recaro leather sports seats, a glass roof, and two new packages.

Under the hood there will be the same aluminum 5.4 Liter supercharged V8, derived from the unit inside the Ford GT super car, that produces 550 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque.

It may still be packing the same gear as the last model, but who really cares? The 2012Ford Mustang GT500 will probably still sell out just as quickly as the 2011 model did.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012Ford Mustang GT500.

Mention a 1967 Shelby GT500 and right away the first car that comes to everyone’s mind is the star of Gone in 60 Seconds. No, we are not talking about Nicholas Cage or Angelina Jolie, we are talking about the beautifully sleek and sexy Eleanor. This is a car that needs no introduction, so it’s no wonder that people are wanting to try and recreate the spirit of this very car.

One of those people is RK Motors, who, in collaboration with Pro Touring Super Cars, have developed a 1967 Shelby Supercharged GT500 that is beyond any imagination. For starters, they took the body of a 1967 GT500 and then added a modern engine to create a perfect combination. After that the tuner added the rear cap and integrated spoiler, C-pillar and quarter panel scoops, nose cone with center-mounted lights, and a vented Shelby hood. After adjusting every detail of the body, RK Motors applied a spectacular Acapulco Blue paint combined with Shelby stripes.

This all may sound fabulous, but the most impressive changes were made under the hood. They used a 4.6 Liter Supercharged DOHC V8 Cobra engine that delivers 444 HP and 495 pounds of torque at the wheels. The package also includes a exhaust system featuring Magnaflow mufflers and tips, 12-way adjustable coil-over shocks, and 18-inch Coys wheels.

All of these spectacular details come together to create a wicked sweet ride which is priced at a reasonable $99,900. This may seem like a lot to some, but the lusciousness that is Eleanor is simply priceless. After understanding that, the price tag really doesn’t matter anymore.

As an American icon, the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 is a car that’s firmly entrenched as one of the true blue classics in Ford’s illustrious line-up of vehicles. The car’s bad-ass looks, not to mention it’s unheard of power at that time, has turned into what Memphis Raines so eloquently describes as the “unicorn” of all vehicles: a car that elicits wide-eyed gasps at first sight of it.

American tuner Classic Recreations is no stranger to the iconic muscle car, having brought their own tuned-up version to SEMA earlier this month. Calling it the G.T.500CR, the car’s recreation of the timeless classic combines the unmistakable look of the Shelby with modern sports technology.

"The G.T.500CR is meant to be driven," says Jason Engel, founder of Classic Recreations. "Although the overall look is vintage Shelby, essentially this is modern sports car technology wrapped in vintage Shelby GT 500 sheet metal. We had a blast watching the car do what it was built to do.”

Details and press release after the jump.

In 1968 Carol Shelby unveiled the Shelby EXP 500, a Mustang hardtop double prototype dubbed the “Green Hornet” that was powered by a fuel injected 428 CJ “X” engine and outfitted with a ‘68 Shelby custom hood and independent suspensions. Being a one of a kind model, this hot muscle car is a very valuable collector car, and one that deserves the honor of being paid tribute to in the form of a limited edition watch. MARCH LA.B has done just that with their Shelby EXP500 Timepiece

"This car is a part of the Shelby history," noted Jerome Mage, creative director of MARCH LA.B. "We designed the watch to celebrate one of Carroll’s greatest automotive creations. The timepiece includes the finest materials and craftsmanship that reflects Carroll’s car designs."

There will only be 200 Shelby EXP500 Timepieces available, each featuring a wood dial face that replicates the original dash of the muscle car along with Shelby’s signature and Cobra logo. The watch also gets a genuine leather buffle perforated style with green leather lining, an anti-reflective domed glass with sapphire logo, and a screwed case back with Glass encrusted Shelby logo.

Prices for this tributary watch have yet to be announced, but we highly doubt a timepiece that honors such a unique vehicle is going to come cheap.

Press release after the jump.

Hold on to your pants, gentlemen! What you see here isn’t your typical, garden variety GT500 . In fact, it’s so far for ordinary that you’re going to need a couple of trains and planes to get back to your everyday existence. The image before you is of a 1000+ rwhp Shelby GT500. You can go back and reread it, but it’s not going to change. Shelby Autos and Nelson Racing Engines teamed to put together this dream machine called the GT500 Code Red, and they’re going to sell them.

The Code Red package takes the 5.4-liter V8 found in the GT500 and overhauls it using Twin 61mm Turbonetics turbochargers and an electronic boost controller mated to a 6-Speed Tranzilla gearbox. A twin fuel system was then put in so that the vehicle could operate on pump fuel and a race gas blend. Stopping power will come from Shelby/Baer front brakes with 14" cross-drilled and vented rotors and 6-piston calipers.

As if the GT500 needed anything else to convince car enthusiasts of its sheer awesomeness, Shelby and Nelson went on to include an exterior package with this phenomenal modification. The exterior package includes a carbon fiber front splitter and side rockers, Shelby Code Red rocker side stripes, a vented custom Shelby hood, and 20" Shelby Super Snake Alcoa wheels. The inside of the vehicle brings with it a twin fuel pressure, boost, water, oil temp and oil pressure gauges, but more importantly, Mastercraft 6-point competition harnesses and a Shelby-designed, welded-in 10-point roll cage because, well, you’re going to need them.

You want a piece of this scintillating muscle car? Take about $150,000 to the dealer and make a deal.

Specifications after the jump, but check out the video featuring Tom Nelson and Shelby’s own Gary Patterson taking the GT500 Code Red out for a little spin first.

We can all agree that the ill-conceived remake of Knight Rider was one of the worst shows in recent memory. Instead of living up to the classic show starring the Hoff himself, the new version of Knight Rider featuring Justin Bruenig – who? – as “Michael Knight” was nothing short of a spectacular flop.

But even if we hated it, the show at least gave us one good thing: a black 2008 Ford Mustang that reprised the role of K.I.T.T in the TV show. Sure, the show sucked big time, but the car sure as heck didn’t.

Continued after the jump.


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