Shelby American has launched the first global Shelby GT muscle car, which is based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT.
One of the most popular cars in Shelby history, the 618 bhp Shelby GT is scheduled for international delivery from the beginning of the second quarter of 2015.
“This 2015 Shelby GT incorporates all of the engineering lessons we’ve learned building high performance vehicles over the past 50 years,” said company boss, Joe Conway. “With the international distribution of the current Ford Mustang, we worked closely with our partners to develop a car that can be offered in both North America and overseas. It’s the first Shelby muscle car in our history designed from day one to be a truly global vehicle.”
In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing created the Shelby GT. Beginning as 4.6-litre Mustang GT’s assembled at Ford, they were shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas for transformation. Around 8,000 Shelby GT’s were built from 2007 to 2008 and the car dominated its SCCA racing class. In 2013, Shelby American returned the Shelby GT to its lineup after a five year hiatus.
“We took a new approach with the 2015 Shelby GT,” said Shelby American vice president of operations Akos J. Feher. “We had a lot of fun designing these cars and ended up building the most powerful Shelby GT ever offered without sacrificing reliability. All exterior parts were designed and developed in-house, with every component exclusive to Shelby. We only used lightweight carbon-fibre for all the aerodynamic components, including the brand new hood. The components were designed to allow a high level of customisation for our customers, like the new billet aluminium front grilles.”
Like its predecessor, the car features Ford Racing Performance Parts including a 618 bhp supercharger, performance handling kit and half shafts. Gearing has been upgraded 3.73 gears and paired with chrome-tipped Borla exhaust. Shod with Michelin tyres, the Shelby GT rides on a staggered set of WELD Racing wheels with Wilwood six piston front brakes.
The base car’s body is augmented with a new hood with functional air vents and other functional aerodynamic components like a 2-piece rear diffuser. All of the Shelby-designed exterior parts are made of carbon-fibre.
The car will come with either a manual or automatic transmission.
Source: Shelby American