New Shelby American products will be presented this January at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. John Luft, the President of Shelby America and the business partner of the deceased Carroll Shelby, is working to ensure that The Shelby American name and its legacy will carry on. Luft said that he promised to Shelby that he will “keep Shelby American alive.”
When interviewed by Autoweek, Luft said that aside from the Detroit Auto Show, the new products will also be seen this February at the Chicago Auto Show and this March at the New York Auto Show. But then, He didn’t provide details of what these models will be.
Luft added that he and the company’s officials are now the face of Shelby American. He also said that they’re using Shelby’s playbook, which will be their guide for the next 50 years. Luft also mentioned the possibility of a tie-up with Ford’s EcoBoost brand and its turbo engines. What this brand is specifically remains unknown.
With the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford is taking the Mustang to where it has never gone before. With maximum track speed of at least 200 mph, it comes in a package that is for track-day fans as well as for those who appreciate a daily drive. Powering it is an aluminum-block 5.8-liter V8 engine that can deliver 662 hp with peak torque of 631 lb.-ft.
Clearly this is the engine with the highest horsepower to be made in North America. In addition, each component of this powertrain was optimized in order to be able to offer extra horsepower. These include a cross-drilled block and heads and an all-forged engine rotating assembly. New as well is the carbon fiber driveshaft and the supercharger.
Meanwhile parts that were upgraded include the transmission, clutch, and the axle. One reason why the engine is able to deliver that amount of power is due to the new supercharger. Made more efficient and larger, it allows air to flow to the engine. In terms of actual figures, the Twin Vortices Series 2300 blower is able to give out 2.3-liters of displacement and comes in a design that is exclusive for this engine.
It comes with four lobes that have a 160-degree twist. The supercharger also has a drive ratio that is able to spin 2.64 times faster when compared to the outgoing model. Boost is now 14 psi up from 9 psi with the inlet air volume increased by 33%.
The cooling system was also upgraded in order to be better utilized for the new engine. There are a number of new features like the high-capacity cooling fan and the charge air cooler, which has been made more efficient. There is also the intercooler higher-flow pump and the pressure-relief high-speed doors.
The intercooler heat exchanger meanwhile experienced a 36% increase for the volume. All of these parts work together in order to dissipate heat in a consistent manner, especially when undergoing extreme-use conditions.