Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ford Honours Carroll Shelby with Tribute Car

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Ford Motor Company, Ford Racing, Shelby American and others have come together to build a one-of-a-kind Cobra in memory of Carroll Shelby. This 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang has a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger engine under the hood, capable of putting out more than 850 horsepower. That’s a lot of ponies! It’s also painted in historic trim in honour of the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary, looking sharp in Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes. The hood itself was designed specifically for this car by Shelby American, who also provided the Shelby Wilwood brakes and 20 inch wheels.
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The car made its first appearance last week at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. According to Ford’s vice president for sales and marketing, Jim Farley, “You might also know that Carroll was a philanthropist, noted for supporting causes that moved him,” adds Farley. “In that spirit, this car will be taken on tour around the country, and hopefully will be used in a special way at the end of its tour –  a way Carroll would appreciate.” That sounds to me like it will be auctioned off for charity at some point. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.


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