2015 Shelby GT unveiled, can offer more than 600 hp

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 20, 2015

Shelby American officially unveiled its latest muscle car, the 2015 Shelby GT based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Just like the previous model, the 2015 Shelby GT can be easily distinguished and some of its key features are the carbon fiber hood with customizable hood vents, the carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels, carbon fiber 2-piece rear diffuser, carbon fiber rear deck lid as well as a trunk spoiler.

Moreover, the vehicle gets a carbon fiber hood extension, modular customizable billet aluminum upper and lower front grilles, Shelby GT stripes as well as badges on front grille and on C-pillars, but also a Shelby faux gas cap and “Powered by Ford” front fender badges, Shelby lettering on the trunk lid and a washer relocation kit. Inside, the 2015 Shelby GT features Shelby branded custom headrests, CSM dash plaque and engine plate, a carbon fiber dash pod with 3 gauges, Shelby GT door sill plates and Shelby branded floor mats.

Under the hood, there is a 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine equipped with a Ford Racing supercharger as well as a new Ford Racing by Borla exhaust system with Shelby oval tips, in order to develop a staggering 627 hp (467 kW). Moreover, the vehicle gets Ford Racing half-shafts, a Ford Racing handling pack with upgraded shocks, springs and sway bars. A Ford Racing short throw shifter is available fo the manual cars.

Power is transmitted via the 20-inch Shelby Venice wheels by Weld Racing, which hide the Wilwood performance front brake upgrade. If you want more, Shelby offers the 700+ hp performance upgrade, painted carbon fiber options, rear brake upgrade, a Shelby custom interior on both stock and Recaro seats, front brake cooling system and carbon fiber air intakes.

Furthermore, the fog lights can be re-located, Shelby can also ad an air injection plate with channeling, an adjustable track suspension package, engine dress up package and a Shelby Extreme Cooling system. The price of the base Shelby GT modification, is $39,995 but it doesn't include the 2015 Mustang GT.

Press Release

SHELBY AMERICAN LAUNCHES 2015 SHELBY GT MUSCLE CAR FOR ENTHUSIASTS WORLDWIDE

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), 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 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT was unveiled today at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Ford Motor Company's booth. Shelby is now taking orders with delivery of cars planned for 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 Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American "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 4.6L 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 wildly popular 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 fiber for all the aerodynamic components, including the brand new hood. The components were designed to allow a high level of customization for our customers, like the new billet aluminum front grilles."

Every aspect of the Shelby GT is enhanced to create a potent all-around performer. Like it's predecessor, this car features Ford Racing Performance Parts including a 627 HP supercharger, performance handling kit and half shafts. Gearing has been upgraded 3.73 gears and paired with chrome-tipped Borla exhaust. The Shelby GT rides on a staggered set of WELD Racing wheels shod with sticky Michelin tires.

This car loves the twisties and can handle the curves thanks to the new performance handling kit. The Wilwood six piston front brakes ensure the car can stop on a dime. The base car's good looks are enhanced by adding a new hood with functional air vents and other functional aerodynamic components like a 2-piece rear diffuser. All of the Shelby exclusive exterior parts are made of carbon fiber; they are not only functional but also look great either painted or unpainted. Shelby exclusive front grilles, made entirely out of billet aluminum highlight the already aggressive nose of the car.

A Shelby GT can be built based on either a manual or automatic Mustang GT, is 50 state emissions legal in the USA and runs on pump gas. Shelby's most demanding customers can order a '15 Shelby GT with a long list of options including a 700+HP performance upgrade, adjustable suspension, upgraded big brake kit, and a number of interior upgrades.

"The 2015 Shelby GT is a nicely balanced muscle car that does everything well, whether on the track or on the drag strip" said Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. "This post-title program takes performance to extreme levels. At the same time, the styling is sleek yet uniquely American with touches from Shelby history. Based on the fantastic new Ford Mustang platform, the Shelby GT can easily double as formidable daily driver and then run rings around the competition at track events."

This is a post-title program; Ford dealers worldwide can contact Shelby American to build a Shelby GT based on a car owned by a customer or one of their 2015 Mustang GT fastbacks or convertibles. Each car will be issued a Shelby American CSM number for documentation in the official Shelby American Worldwide Registry to maximize potential collectability.

"The demand for Shelby vehicles, parts and products around the globe continues to skyrocket," said Neil Cummings co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. "In addition to a superb facility in Las Vegas, Shelby is establishing mod shops worldwide. This will allow enthusiasts worldwide who have access to a Ford Mustang to transform it into a Shelby GT locally."

The price of the base Shelby GT modification, not including the Ford Mustang GT, is $39,995. Customers can build their Shelby GT online at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/2015shelbygt.asp or call (702) 942-7325/ (844) 974-3529.

About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2015 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

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