One-off 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra debuts as tribute to Carroll

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MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 17, 2012 ? Friends of Carroll Shelby, includin
Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Ford Racing and many others hav
built a special tribute 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra. Ford is als
announcing a renamed road in Dearborn, Mich., at the Produc
Development Center as a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby. Cobra ha
been the performance label as Shelby worked with Ford for most of th
last 60 years. Shelby was instrumental in the establishment of For
performance including Cobra, GT40 and Mustang's performanc
credentials since its earliest days in the mid-1960s
2013 Shelby GT500 Cobr
This tribute vehicle was unveiled by Ford Motor Company board membe
Edsel Ford II, group vice president for sales and marketing Ji
Farley, and Shelby American president John Luft at the Rolex Montere
Motorsports Reunion where Cobra is the marque of show
"Even at 89 years of age, Carroll was an inspiration to u
all," says Farley. "This year marks the 50th anniversary o
the original Shelby Cobra. This car represents the very idea he ha
about making the 2013 Shelby GT500 into a true Cobra.
Using the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation
"Friends of Carroll" created a one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelb
GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang that now generates more than 85
horsepower with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whippl
supercharger. Putting that much power to the ground requires plenty o
traction, so the 13-inch-wide rear wheels are wrapped in massiv
345-section high-performance tires for extra grip
Ford Motor Company teamed with Shelby American for several ke
components on the Carroll Shelby tribute car. Shelby American provide
a specially designed hood, new rear wide-body kit, Shelby Wilwoo
brakes and new 20x13-inch rear and 20x10-inch front wheels. Th
bodywork is finished in the same Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon Whit
stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in th
"Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever," say
Luft. "And while he was proud of Shelby American's achievements
Carroll was far more interested in the next car we build. You wil
find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every futur
vehicle we build as found in the rear wide-body kit and hoo
integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.
"You might also know that Carroll was a philanthropist, noted fo
supporting causes that moved him," added Farley. "In tha
spirit, this car will be taken on tour around the country, an
hopefully will be used in a special way at the end of its tour, a wa
Carroll would appreciate.
Before the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra hits the road, it will be shown a
the Ford display in the expo area this weekend
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On Aug 24, 2:18 pm,
Impressive. 345's are Flintstone tires!
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