2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake breaks cover

Article by Christian A., on September 20, 2012

Shelby American is offering two new tuning packages for the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. The coupe and convertible models could get the upgrades. However, the Super Snake packages will be given to only 500 cars. What Shelby American does is give the standard 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 some black or white stripes, either black or silver 20-inch Shelby wheels, a new fiberglass Shelby hood, and a smattering of red embroidered Shelby logos on the headrests and floor mats.

A two-tone leather interior is optional. Among the mechanical improvements are a short-shift kit, new suspension components, a louder Borla exhaust, and Wilwood brakes with six-piston front calipers and cross-drilled brake discs. The factory 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is already powerful with an output of 662 hp from its supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine. Still, it got an upgrade.

Consumers can decide to add a new Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger, together with improved radiators and cooling parts that raise the power to 850 hp. Shelby American said that this output is incredible but it wants to assure buyers that this vehicle can be legally driven on the streets and that it uses normal gasoline.

The package to get the 662-hp version is available for $28,995 while that of the 850-hp version costs $39,995. Of course, you still have to buy the new 2013 Shelby GT500, which could set the customers back by $54,995 for the coupe and $59,995 for the convertible. Destination charges are included in these prices.

Design improvements for 2013 include trademark lighting with LED bars that demand for attention in the back and front. The rocker panels flowing on the vehicle blends with the whole exterior as they are now in body-color, giving it a premium appearance. Also, the back end has the latest shiny black panel between the taillights and a diffuser that wraps around a new quad-tip exhaust.

Two new sets of forged-aluminum wheels are provided in the 2013 Shelby GT500. There’s also a unique wheel for clients who want to customize their cars. The 20-inch back and 19-inch front wheels come with Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires available for any configuration. Looking totally new with the dark finish and improved spoke designs, the wheels look even stronger and aggressive but provide the benefit of being super light.

To celebrate two decades of SVT, badging will be utilized all over the exterior and the interior of the vehicle to commemorate years of performance cars. The official release of SVT was in the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the launch of the SVT F-150 Lightning and 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra gave a 235 HP 5.0 L V8 engine, proving how cars have immensely evolved through the years.

Significant progress has been made in aerodynamics to guarantee that the Shelby GT500 has the right amount of downforce for efficient performance at any speed. Utilizing innovative computational fluid dynamics (CFD), engineers were able to identify perfectly where the air flows, to maximize cooling efficiency. The outcome is a vehicle that tracks better and feels more stable even at higher speeds.

Press Release

Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), is now offering the most powerful versions of the Shelby GT500 Super Snake for the 2013 model year in the company's 50 year history. With a base model rated at 662 HP and an optional 850 HP version, the limited edition 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake also features new styling cues, color options and optional performance upgrades at a lower base price. Only 500 total 2013 Super Snakes will be built; the car is available as a coupe or convertible in the entire color palette offered by Ford Motor Company on the Shelby GT500.

"When Ford launched the 2013 Shelby GT500, we were bombarded with requests for Shelby American to offer a Super Snake package for the car," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "Our team worked closely with Ford Racing and other key partners to develop our new fire breathing snake. The result is the most powerful base model Super Snake ever at 662 horsepower, which is available at prices lower than previous models. By checking off a few boxes in the series of optional equipment, you can take home a street-legal 850 horsepower version that runs on pump gas."
For the 2013 model year, Shelby American takes the stock Ford GT500 and kicks it up to the next performance level with new options and styling changes. Customers can choose between Satin Black or Gloss White stripes to be paired with new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic, along with new silver and blue stripes paired with limited base vehicle colors. Offered for the first time in Shelby American's history will be a choice of rear-only or front and rear "wide body" packages with an optional 14 inch rear wheel and tire package, as seen on the Carroll Shelby Tribute car developed by Ford and Shelby American that was unveiled in Monterey.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will make an appearance at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas, September 27 – 29.
"The Shelby GT500 Super Snake has been the big dog of the Shelby American lineup," added Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. "With Ford's new 2013 Shelby GT500 having 662 hp right out of the box, along with our new wide body putting 14 inches of rubber on the ground, this car will be a game changer when it comes to power to the pavement performance."

The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a post-title program based on the Ford Shelby GT500. The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake post title package includes:
• Standard base tune is 662 HP and 631 ft./lbs. of torque
• 6-speed manual transmission with 3.31:1 rear axle ratio and short-throw shifter with optional 3.73:1
• Upgraded suspension package
• Shelby Performance cooling package with a new radiator, heat exchanger and aluminum cooling tanks
• New spoked Shelby-designed 20-inch wheels and performance tires
• Shelby / Borla exhaust system
• Optional Shelby / Ford Racing 850 hp Whipple supercharger or 850 hp Kenne Bell supercharger
• Forged Shelby / Wildwood brakes with 6 piston fronts and 4 piston rear calipers and cross drilled / vented rotors
• Front brake cooling ducts and behind the door side scoops
• Unique fiberglass hood featuring classic Shelby Super Snake design
• Shelby signature Super Snake stripes in either satin black, gloss white, silver or blue
• "Super Snake" vehicle badges, and unique CSM number interior and engine plates
• "Shelby" lettering across the rear deck lid
• Optional two tone leather interior
• Shelby signature embroidered headrests, floor mats and other Shelby designed components
The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package starts at $28,995.00 for the 662 HP version and $39,995.00 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. Only 500 of these cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Customers can build their dream Shelby Super Snake online with the "Build-One" program at http://shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp. Those interested in a car can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.

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