Shelby is well known for tuning some of the fastest Mustangs on the planet, but the company founded by Mr. Carol himself also dabbles in trucks as well. Meet Shelby’s latest performance package for the 2011-2014 Ford F-150 Raptor.

Officially known as the Shelby Baja 700, the heavily modified Raptor will be extremely limited in number, with only 50 trucks slated for construction. What’s more than just its limited supply, is its ridiculous horsepower output.

Shelby takes the Raptor’s 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 and bolts on a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger within the V, along with a few other goodies to produces a whopping 700+ horsepower.

“In the best Shelby tradition, we took our already high-performance 575-horsepower Shelby Raptor and made it even more capable,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher.

Along with the horsepower upgrade, Shelby ups the ante with several other upgrades as well, so keep reading for the full run-down.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Shelby Baja 700.

  • 2016 Shelby Baja 700
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    700
  • Torque @ RPM:
    548 (Est.)
  • Energy:
    Supercharged
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    135 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    90000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626271
2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626272
2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626269

It’s easy to see this is no ordinary Raptor. The front bumper has been replaced with a tube frame unit with an opening for an LED lightbar. The corner sections feature mesh guards in front of two LED light pods protected behind. Around the sides, the wheels are upgraded to 18-inchers wrapped in BFGoodrich’s latest K02 All-Terrain tire with its redesigned tread pattern and upgraded internal structure.

Around back, the customization continues. The factory bumper makes way for this custom steel unit, complete with LED light pods and stainless steel rivets. A dual-tip chrome exhaust pipe peaks beneath the right quarter panel, giving a light indication as to what lies under the hood.

Beyond the bumpers, wheels, and tires, the Shelby gets a unique paint job complete with a base blue paint and twin, white racing stripes. The white stripes continue along the bottom of the doors, along with the Shelby name.

Interior

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626274

Shelby doesn’t leave the interior bare either. The leather seats are replaced with new hide featuring blue and black colors. The Shelby name is again seen here, embroidered into the seatback. The remainder of the interior is left the way Ford designed it. That still gives Raptor owners the use of Ford’s in-dash Sync infotainment system, a bank of auxiliary switches, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a red centerline marker.

Drivetrain

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626273

Like I mentioned before, Shelby took Ford’s already-capable, 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 and turned up the heat. The Whipple supercharger is combined with a larger throttle body, high-flow fuel injectors, a high-performance heat exchanger, and a free-flowing Borla exhaust system for an increase of 289 horsepower.

That means the truck now makes more than 700 horsepower. Though Shelby doesn’t say, I’d imagine the V-8 makes a bit more torque than its stock rating of 434 pound-feet. Even if increased by only 150 pound-feet, the Raptor would then kick out a stump-pulling 584 pound-feet of torque.

All that power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case. The T-case offers both 2WD and 4WD positions, along with 4WD low range for multiplied torque. Up front, a Torsen limited slip differential helps direct torque to both front wheels while an electronic locking differential out back equally yokes the rear tires together.

In addition, Shelby upgrades the suspension with stronger A-arms, steering linkage, and beefier remote-reservoir King shocks. When the optional tube-frame front bumper is ordered, a front skid plate is added that runs rearward past the transfer case.

Prices

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626268

Nobody would suspect throwing an extra 300 horsepower at a truck would be cheap, but since this is Shelby and since there are only 50 Shelby Baja 700s on the drawing board, the tuning company can charge what it wants. In this case, the price starts at $45,000 – not including the base Raptor! That means the truck’s price tag is nearly doubled. Ouch!

Conclusion

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626267

The Ford Raptor is an unstoppable force in the dirt. It’s Baja-ready suspension and race-proven powertrain offer a solid setup for any desert racer. However, adding nearly 300 horsepower to the mix certainly adds a new level of awesome. What’s more, the Shelby name and the Baja 700’s very low production numbers are sure to add exclusivity. It’s just hard to imagine someone pounding this truck through the desert with the risk of utter destruction a mere misstep away. Then again, that’s what the Raptor is made for.

  • Leave it
    • * Only 50 to be made
    • * $45k on top of Raptor cost!
    • * 2017 Raptor not far away

Press Release

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), today announced that it will offer a limited run of the most powerful truck in the company’s history. The new Shelby Baja 700, built on the 2011-2014 Ford SVT Raptor, features 700+ supercharged horsepower, competition suspension and the leading BFGoodrich Baja-proven K02 tires. Only 50 of these limited edition trucks will be built exclusively at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas.

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626267

“The Shelby Raptor became a star the moment we launched it at the New York Auto Show in 2012,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Carroll had a love for trucks and brought his high performance, ‘Texas style’ to the drawing board when he envisioned the Shelby Raptor. This special edition Shelby Baja 700 builds on that vision, as it was created to conquer any terrain.”

Powered by a 2.9 liter Whipple supercharger mounted on the massive 6.2L V8 engine and coupled with bigger throttle bodies and injectors, plus a more robust heat exchanger, the Shelby Baja 700 screams to life via the Borla exhaust system. Shelby American also takes the stock 411 horsepower rating of the Ford SVT Raptor and kicks it up over the staggering 700 horsepower mark with the Baja 700.

“In the best Shelby tradition, we took our already high-performance 575 horsepower Shelby Raptor and made it even more capable,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher. “Fifty lucky owners will have the baddest, best-handling and best-looking Shelby truck we offer. Not to mention, all of the interior fit-and-finish people expect from Shelby. It’s a truck that can thrive under the most extreme conditions.”

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626268

Outfitted with BFGoodrich K02 All-Terrain tires, the Shelby Baja 700 tackles any surface it faces. In addition, the special edition graphics, badging, classic Shelby striping, 18” custom wheels and optional Rogue Racing front and rear bumpers, will visually set it apart from any other truck on the road.

“The Shelby Baja 700 is striking in looks and most of all, its capabilities,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Senior Designer and Test Driver. “The off-road performance suspension system allows the Shelby Baja 700 to go most anywhere and stand out as it does so. We believe that we’ve built a truck with ultimate performance and off-road capabilities.”

The limited edition Shelby Baja 700 starts at $45,000, not including the base Raptor. Only 50 will be available and each will be numbered and documented with a unique Shelby CSM number and entered into the official Shelby Registry.

2016 Shelby Baja 700
- image 626269

Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition Baja 700. Those interested in reserving a truck should contact the sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: