Shelby American moving its HQ to Vegas, plans new Speed Shop

Article by Anita Panait, on June 26, 2013

Shelby American Inc. will consolidate its manufacturing site and Speed Shop tuning center in its new flagship headquarters and plant in near the Las Vegas Strip when it opens on December 1, 2013. The company's new flagship base will also feature a museum, gift shop and factory tours. The new 135,000-square-foot facility will be located near famed boulevard adjacent to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.

According to John Luft, president of Shelby American, moving to a more noticeable location will better prepare the company to go global. He said in a statement that the move is consistent with what Carroll Shelby "did many times in the past." He remarked the new facility will allow Shelby American to "be more nimble and accessible" to its customers, while "dramatically improving production and operational efficiency."

According to Luft, Shelby American expects the project to cost between $800,000 and $1 million. Shelby American's 185,000-square-foot site near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is consists of five buildings housing various operations.

Gary Davis, Shelby American's vice president of production and r&d, remarked that consolidating the company's manufacturing and Speed Shop facilities under "one roof" will accelerate production while will give it flexibility to "ramp up new vehicle models." He added that they carefully planned the move for minimal interruption of customer deliveries by setting up duplicate production lines in both facilities during the transition.

Ford’s beloved Mustang is about to reach new heights with its newest version – the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. With 662 hp of pure power output, track speeds that exceed 200 mph and a complete package for drivers, the new 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a stunning and enticing proposition that fans and enthusiasts couldn’t resist.

Hermann Salenbauch, director of Advanced Product Creation, remarked that SVT was able to keep the Shelby GT500 as advanced as possible in terms of technology, thereby taking muscle car performance to new heights. Salenbauch remarked that the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 encapsulates every aspect of performance – from 0-60 mph sprint, top speed to racetrack or quarter-mile times. Moreover, he noted, the Shelby GT500 is perfect to suit the daily needs of a typical driver.

Powering the new Shelby GT500 is a 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine that is tuned to deliver 662 hp of max output and 631 lb.-ft. of peak torque, which means that this mill is the highest-horsepower engine ever manufactured in North America. To squeeze more power from this engine, almost all of its components were optimized. In fact, it features a new supercharger, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and new cross-drilled block and heads. It also features updated camshaft profiles, upgraded head gaskets, as well as upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. The engine also has an all-forged engine rotating assembly.

The car’s 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine is able to deliver the massive 662 hp of output thanks to the larger and more efficient supercharger – a new Twin Vortices Series 2300 blower -- that helps flow more air through the mill with a displacement of 2.3 liters.

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