2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Wide Body

DETROIT – Jan. 15, 2013 – Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), unveiled today its new 850 horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake “Wide Body” as well as the new performance tuned Shelby Focus ST at the North American International Auto Show. The two cars represent bookends in the lineup of high performance vehicles available from Shelby American.

“Carroll Shelby’s innovative and aggressive hot-rodder spirit lives on at Shelby American today. ” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “His Cobra redefined the sports car genre and then Shelby turned what some called a ‘secretary’s car’, the Mustang, into the fire-breathing GT350. A few years later, Shelby practically invented the American ‘pocket-rocket’ with the four-cylinder turbocharged, front wheel drive Shelby GLH. This year, we’re returning to our roots with a pair of game-changing cars that will rewrite the rules for American performance.”

Shelby American takes the stock 662 horsepower 2013 GT500 and boosts its performance to a street-legal 850 horsepower while keeping it 50 state emissions legal and tuned on 91 octane pump gas. Adding Shelby’s new Wide Body option puts all that power to the pavement, and the rest is history.

“Now with 13 inch rear and 10 inch front wheels that are wrapped in serious rubber, the car launches and handles like the super car it is,” added Gary Davis, vice president of production at Shelby American. The optional wide body package isn’t just a cosmetic change, it now gives the Super Snake much more traction and makes it easy to exploit the Shelby’s potential right past the competition.”

Customers can choose between Satin Black, Gloss White, Silver, Blue and Red stripes. Offered now for the first time, wheel options include a rear-only or front and rear “wide body” packages.
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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
released at2013 NAIAS
built atLas Vegas, USA
coachbuilderAutoAlliance
engineersJamal Hameedi
engineV8
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationWhipple or Kenne Bell Supercharger
ignitionCoil-on-plug
block materialAluminum
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
fuel feedElectronic Fuel Injection
displacement5800 cc / 353.94 in³
compression8.4:1
power633.8 kw / 850 bhp
specific output146.55 bhp per litre
bhp/weight486.27 bhp per tonne
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeShelby-designed 20-inch
front brakesShelby / Wildwood Discs w/Brembro 6-Piston Calipers
rear brakesShelby / Wildwood Discs w/Brembro 2Piston Calipers
steeringRack & Pinion w/Electronic Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Lower Control Armsm Stabilizer Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Coil Springs, Panhard Rod, Twin Gas-Tube Shock Absorbers
curb weight1748 kg / 3850 lbs
weight distro56 % / 44 %
wheelbase2720.3 mm / 107.1 in
front track1572.3 mm / 61.9 in
rear track1587.5 mm / 62.5 in
length4780.3 mm / 188.2 in
width1877.1 mm / 73.9 in
height1384.3 mm / 54.5 in
transmissionTremec TR6060 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.97:1, 1.78:1, 1.30:1, 1.00:1, 0.74:1, 0.50:1
final drive3.31:1
top speed~321.80 kph / 200 mph