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Ford’s New Shelby 350GT Gets Upgrades

New street-legal, track-ready racer hits new performance level.

by on May.06, 2015

Ford stiffens up the new Mustang's body and gives the GT350 a heavily modified 5.2-liter V-8.

Ford’s Global Performance team has been busy churning out new products, like the Focus RS, as well as upgrading the new Shelby GT350 Mustang making it the best performing version of the street racer yet.

“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes, and at the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

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“Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.” (more…)

Shelby GT350 Just a Start, Says Carroll Shelby’s Grandson

A “night-and-day” difference.

by on Nov.18, 2014

Henry "Sonny" Ford III, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, and Aaron Shelby, grandson of the legendary Carroll Shelby, admire the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Returning to the suburban Los Angeles garage where racing legend Carroll Shelby kept his personal car collection and tinkered with some legendary performance cars over the years, Ford Motor Co. rolled out the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The 500-horsepower brute is the first high-performance niche model to debut since the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang earlier this year. But don’t expect it to be the last, suggested the grandson of the late legend. And don’t be surprised to see the Shelby name grace more of those future spinoffs.


“This is exciting to see the first iteration (of the Mustang) since Carroll’s passing,” said Aaron Shelby, referring to the death of his grandfather in May 2012 at the age of 89. (more…)

Return of the Shelby GT350 Mustang

Most powerful, naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever.

by on Nov.17, 2014

A legend returns: the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Only months after launching the all-new 2015 Mustang, Ford is turning the pony car’s performance quotient up a notch, confirming reports that it will bring an all-new version of the Shelby GT350 Mustang to the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week.

And, as recently reported, the Shelby will get a unique new 5.2-liter V-8 featuring a high-revving flat-plane crankshaft that can deliver up to 500 horsepower. That, it turns out, will make it the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine the Detroit maker has ever produced.

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“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Ford’s global product development czar Raj Nair. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.”


Spy Shot: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby 350GT

Working a little Voodoo?

by on Nov.13, 2014

Under the camo, the Shelby GT350.

Ford’s new Mustang has been receiving rave reviews, and for good reason considering the new design, the shift to a long-awaited independent rear suspension and all the improvements in its powertrain mix.

For serious muscle car fans, the 435-horsepower 2015 Ford Mustang GT is the only option to consider – unless they want to wait for something bigger and better to come along. Members of the Mustang team have done nothing to hide the fact that they’re not finished with the pony car line-up – something made all the more obvious by this spy shot of what appears to be the next-generation Mustang Shelby 350GT.

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Powered by the new Voodoo engine, it will be aimed at the likes of the new Camaro Z/28

You don’t see many of the changes in this view of the high-performance version being tested at Ford’s proving grounds in Michigan, but a few revisions are evident.


Ford Revving Up to Celebrate Mustang’s 50th

But will an all-new pony car mark the upcoming anniversary?

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new Mustang logo marks the countdown to the pony car's golden anniversary.

Ford Motor Co. is saddling up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that original “pony car,” the Mustang.

And it’s going to get plenty of help, with 50 different companies planning to join in for the celebration by producing a wide range of products meant to commemorate the special occasion, everything from Mustang-emblazoned jackets to watches to videogames.  They’ll use a new black-and-white logo featuring the familiar galloping horse over the words, “50 Years.”

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The Mustang is “a timeless statement,” contends Ford’s Chief Creative Officer J Mays, who oversaw the creation of the new logo – and who is playing a crucial role in the development of the next-generation Mustang expected to come to market sometime next year, closer to the official golden anniversary.


New Shelby 1000 S/C Set to Shake up Big Apple

At 1,200 hp, modified Mustang charges into Bugatti territory.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Shelby pushes into Bugatti territory with the new 1000 S/C - at barely a 10th the price.

While the legendary Carroll Shelby may be gone, but the Las Vegas-based tuner house he launched some years back is determined to make sure his name lives on, as we’ll see at the New York Auto Show this week.

Just a year ago, Shelby American rocketed out its 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, but apparently that isn’t enough power for some of its fans. So, this year, its heading for New York’s Jacob Javits Center with an updated version of that modified Mustang designed to push into Bugatti Veyron territory.

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Shelby claims its new, $154,995 version will now make a fiery 1,200 horsepower out of its rebuilt 5.8-liter V-8, making it “the world’s most powerful street production muscle car.”

Declares John Luft, the president of Shelby American, “The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”


Carroll Shelby Dead at 89

Among auto legends he was one tall Texan.

by on May.14, 2012

Carroll Shelby with the Mustang that bears his name.

Slow was not part of his vocabulary.  Carroll Shelby operated at one of three speeds: fast, faster, fastest, and even a serious heart ailment failed to keep him down for very long.

The legendary automotive racer and raconteur passed away over the weekend after a lingering illness but, at 89, the tall Texan in the black hat lived far longer than he ever expected to — after getting a new heart and a variety of other transplants occasionally comparing himself to a battered old car.

Though he was many things in his nine decades – from winning racer to pilot to chicken farmer – the son of a Texas mailman was likely best known for lending his name to some of the fastest “pony” cars ever built, transforming the Ford Mustang into an icon of American muscle.


Shelby American Offering Special Edition 50th Anniversary Mustangs

Begins tour celebrating 50 years.

by on Jan.11, 2012

The distinctive 50th Anniversary Shelby Mustang.

Carroll Shelby is the Energizer Bunny of the automotive world.  He’s had his heart and any number of other vital organs replaced over the decades but keeps on ticking – his car company, Shelby American, continuing to roll out new products.

A half-century after making a name, first as a race driver, and then as the producer of the legendary Shelby Cobra, Shelby American is getting ready to celebrate with a 50th Anniversary Tour – and the launch of three new versions of the Shelby-tuned Mustang.

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It is, the maker noted during an appearance in Detroit, the first time it unveiled a new product at a conventional auto show.

“The golden anniversary is a remarkable milestone,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American, “many people did not think this company would make it that long.”


New Shelby Mustang Will Be 1st 200 MPH Pony Car

Updated Mustang debuting at LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.15, 2011

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will break the 200 mph barrier normally reserved for high-performance exotics.

Ford will break the 200 mph barrier with the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, the first time a Detroit muscle car has ever reached that limit – a speed normally reserved for the most exotic and expensive sports cars.

The GT500 will be one of several versions of the updated 2013 Ford Mustang making their debut this week at the L.A. Auto Show.  The debut is critical for the number two U.S. maker which has seen its long-dominant pony car slip behind its arch-rival, since the return of the Chevrolet Camaro in 2010.

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The changes cover a range of features, from sports seats to performance packages, as well as modest tweaks to the basic Mustang styling.   But the star of the automaker’s L.A. Show will undoubtedly be the Shelby GT500, the package now putting out an awe-inspiring 650-horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.


Dodge Brings Back 392 Hemi in Challenger SRT8

New engine adds 65 horsepower, 90 ft.-lb. of torque

by on Nov.04, 2010

For 2011, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a bigger, more power engine, revised interior and exterior styling and an upgraded suspension.

The news coming out of Chrysler HQ in Auburn Hills is almost relentless these days. There are new engines, completely new SUVs and crossovers and revamped sedans.

Add to the mix a new Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a huge power infusion.

While Dodge has already announced that the base 250-horsepower V-6 will be replaced by a 305-horsepower version of the new Pentastar V-6, it hadn’t said anything about the Challenger’s other engines. Dodge still hasn’t announced numbers for the R/T, but it is expected to maintain its 5.7-liter Hemi, but it will likely make slightly more power.

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Just as Ford has done by bringing back the hallowed 5.0, the Challenger is bringing back a reverred name of its own. The new SRT8 now adds the numbers 392 to its name, as in 392 cubic inches.

Now 6.4 liters, the top dog in the Challenger lineup is rated at 470 horsepower, 65 more than before. Torque rises to 470 as well, 90 more than before, compared to the old 6.1-liter Hemi.