19 April 2014 at 15:33:36 MDT
2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The Shelby GT500 was first introduced in 1967 and was built by performance legend Carrol Shelby and his company Shelby American.
It was equipped with 428 police interceptor V8 motor that produced 335 HP.
His most powerful model was the Shelby GT500 KR (King of the Road) it still had the 428 police interceptor motor but according to the brochure the advertised HP rating was 335 the reason for such a conservative rating was an attempt to keep it's actual HP rating a secret to aviod paying insurance penalties because of it's power it's actual HP rating is rumored to be somewhere between 435 HP to 500 HP.
Under the hood the 428 motor had a 4.13 x 3.98-inch bore and stroke, 10.6:1 compression, special hydraulic lifters, dual branched headers, and one extra-big Holley four barrel.
The KR package included a finerglass hood and front panels, functioanal air scoops, hot air extractors, a big speedometer and tachometer, gauges on the console, vinyl bucket seats, thick carpeting, a wood look dash trim, suspension upgrades (including staggered shocks), E70-15 GoodYear Polyglas tires, a limited slip differential, engine dress up items, and special stripes.
Shelby soon ended production on his GT-350's and GT-500's 1969 and the last Shelby Mustangs rolled off the assembly line in 1970 which were left over 1969 models repainted and redone for the 1970 model year afterwards no more Shelby Mustangs were produced and in the late 1970's Shelby left Ford to follow his mentor Lee Iacocca to Chrysler where he worked on a line up of small turbocharged and normally aspirated domestic tuners he called pocket rockets and later built the Dodge Viper.
But in the 2000's Shelby returned to Ford and started work on a new Shelby Mustang a new GT-500, he installed a 500 HP 5,7 Liter (350 Cubic Inch) supercharged V8 motor.
The new GT-500 became a hit and as each year went by the GT-500 grew more powerful in 2008 Shelby introduced a new Shelby GT-500 KR that made 540 HP.
After the 2008 KR Shelby used the same engine from the KR model with same amount of horse power to power his next GT-500 model the 2010 GT-500 before increasing the engine size 5.8 Liters and adding more power to it.
His powerful GT-500 model was the Super Snake introduced in 2008 it had 427 supercharged V8 that made 725 HP.
But in 2012 he introduced his 2013 GT-500 model equipped with a 5.8 Liter V8 making 662 HP and only costing between $50,000 or $60,000 and can reach a top speed of over 200 MPH.
The new 2013 model lead to a roster of other different types of Shelby Msutang models including a 1,000 HP Shelby 1,000 model his fastest and most powerful Shelby Mustang ever created.
Sadly the 2013 Sheby GT-500 and his other models including the 550 HP 2013 Shelby GT-350 were the last Shelby cars the 89 year Carrol Shelby would make he died on May 10th 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
While Shelby had died his memories will still live on in all of the cars he created including this 2013 Shelby GT-500 model you see in the picture above Shelby was more than just a tuner and a former racer he was a force to be reconed with his impact on the American auto industry impacted the world for throughout his life he did more than just domestic cars he did cars for other countries outside the us but his Cobras and Shelby Mustangs will be the ones Shelby fans will favor and remember him by the most the world not only lost a legend or an icon the world lost a kindered spirit.
(above Shawn Skunk in his new car he christened White Knight II takes his rounds on the Nurburgring, a short while ago while he was doing try outs on the ring in this very car he hit a curd on a turn rolled it multiple times and severely injured himself.
He was okay and still alive but his newly bought GT-500 was totaled and had to be replaced this you see in the picture above is his replacement.
This photo was taken during the time trials event back in March 2013.)