2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra: Ultimate Guide

Celebrating A Legend

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra

Press Release

MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 17, 2012 – Friends of Carroll Shelby, including Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Ford Racing and many others have built a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra as a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby.

Ford is also announcing a renamed road at its Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich., as a tribute to Shelby as well. Cobra has been the consistent performance label as Shelby worked with Ford for most of the last 60 years, and Shelby was instrumental in the creation of Ford performance vehicles including Cobras, the GT40 and Mustangs since the mid-1960s.

The unique tribute car was unveiled by Ford Motor Company board member Edsel Ford II, Ford’s group vice president for sales and marketing Jim Farley, and Shelby American president John Luft at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion where Cobra is the marque of show for 2012.

“Even at 89 years of age, Carroll was an inspiration to us all,” says Farley. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra. The one-off car we have created represents the very idea he had about making the 2013 Shelby GT500 into a true Cobra.”

Using the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation, “Friends of Carroll” created the one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang that now generates more than 850 horsepower with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger.

Putting that much power to the ground requires plenty of traction, so the 13-inch-wide rear wheels are wrapped in massive 345-section high-performance tires for extra grip.

Ford Motor Company teamed up with Shelby American for several key components on the Carroll Shelby tribute car. Shelby American provided a specially designed hood, new rear wide-body kit, Shelby Wilwood brakes and new 20×13-inch rear and 20×10-inch front wheels. The bodywork is finished in the same Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s.

“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” says Luft. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we would build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build just as you’ll find it in the rear wide-body kit and hood integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”

“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.”

Before the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra hits the road, it will be shown at the Ford display in the expo area at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this weekend.

Specs & Performance

type Series Production Car
released at 2011 LA Auto Show
built at Flat Rock, Michigan, USA
coachbuilder AutoAlliance
engineers Jamal Hameedi
engine V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Whipple Supercharger
ignition Coil-on-plug
block material Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
fuel feed Electronic Fuel Injection
displacement 5800 cc / 353.94 in³
compression 8.4:1
power 633.8 kw / 850 bhp
specific output 146.55 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 486.27 bhp per tonne
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Forged Aluminum
front tires P255/40Z19 Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2
rear tires P285/35ZR19 Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2
front brakes Ventilated Discs w/Brembro 6-Piston Calipers
rear brakes Ventilated Discs w/Brembro 2Piston Calipers
front wheels F 50.8 x 25.4 cm / 20 x 10 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 33.0 cm / 20 x 13 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Electronic Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Lower Control Armsm Stabilizer Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Coil Springs, Panhard Rod, Twin Gas-Tube Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1748 kg / 3850 lbs
weight distro 56 % / 44 %
wheelbase 2720.3 mm / 107.1 in
front track 1572.3 mm / 61.9 in
rear track 1587.5 mm / 62.5 in
length 4780.3 mm / 188.2 in
width 1877.1 mm / 73.9 in
height 1384.3 mm / 54.5 in
transmission Tremec TR6060 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.97:1, 1.78:1, 1.30:1, 1.00:1, 0.74:1, 0.50:1
final drive 3.31:1
top speed ~321.80 kph / 200 mph
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