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Gone in 60 Seconds ‘Eleanor’ GT500 Up for Auction 8
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Eleanor GT500, Events, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds, Movie, News, Shelby, Shelby GT500 on 04 8th, 2013
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The 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 infamously known as Eleanor from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, is up for auction. You can have a genuine piece of automotive history and big screen action if you are the winning bidder of Eleanor during Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction in May 14th through the 19th.

Of course there were several Eleanor GT500’s used in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie, but this one was the ‘Hero’ car driven by Nicolas Cage himself during movie close-ups. The Vehicle, along with many other stunt vehicle creations in the movie, was built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the help of master designer Chip Foose. Powering this vehicle, as well as other on-screen Eleanors, is a 351/400 horsepower Ford crate engine.

Hit up the mecum.com auction site to get more information or register to bid on the vehicle at auction.

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Gone in 60 Seconds ‘Eleanor’ GT500 Up for Auction 8
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Eleanor GT500, Events, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds, Movie, News, Shelby, Shelby GT500 on 04 8th, 2013
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The 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 infamously known as Eleanor from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, is up for auction. You can have a genuine piece of automotive history and big screen action if you are the winning bidder of Eleanor during Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction in May 14th through the 19th.

Of course there were several Eleanor GT500’s used in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie, but this one was the ‘Hero’ car driven by Nicolas Cage himself during movie close-ups. The Vehicle, along with many other stunt vehicle creations in the movie, was built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the help of master designer Chip Foose. Powering this vehicle, as well as other on-screen Eleanors, is a 400 horsepower Ford crate engine.

Hit up the mecum.com auction site to get more information or register to bid on the vehicle at auction.

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2013 Shelby 1000 Introduced at NY Auto Show with 1,200 Horsepower 28
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang, News, Shelby, Shelby 1000, Shelby GT500 on 03 28th, 2013
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You really have to ask yourself, at the point of 1,200 horsepower fed through the rear wheels, can you really drive such a machine on the street? Additionally, is 1,200 horsepower really necessary? Well, to sum up an answer, it is absolutely necessary! The all-new 2013 Shelby 1000 was revealed on the show floor in New York packing a monstrous 1,200 horsepower, which is almost twice as much as the Shelby GT500 makes (662hp). And you thought the Shelby Super Snake was a little over-kill with 850 horsepower, wait until you get a load of the new Shelby 1000.

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The new 2013 Shelby 1000 amazingly uses the same 5.8-liter V8 engine found in the Shelby GT500 and is able to make all those 1,200 ponies on pump gas. Of course this amazing power output comes at a price, about $154,995 on top of you providing a stock Shelby GT500 for $54,650. Of course you will probably need to stock up on several of the Pirelli P-Zero tires, they are going to go (burn up) like hot cakes with 1,200 hp flowing through the drivetrain.

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Hit up the full press release below for additional information on the new 2013 Shelby 1000

SHELBY AMERICAN BRINGS WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL STREET PRODUCTION MUSCLE CAR BACK TO THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

LAS VEGAS – March 22, 2013 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), will introduce the 2013 version of the most powerful production, street legal muscle car in the world on March 28, 2013, at the New York International Auto Show. The company will have on display its 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C version with 1,200 horsepower, which is based on the Ford Shelby GT500. Beginning with Ford’s new massive 5.8L V8 power plant, the 2013 Shelby 1000 puts unprecedented horsepower to the pavement, while running on pump gas.

“The 2012 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “We’re bringing back the Shelby 1000 to New York, but with Ford’s new 2013 Shelby GT500 as the base car. With its new engine, launch control, adjustable suspension and other new enhancements, we’ve created a car with even more capabilities. The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”

While the stock 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 offers 662 HP, Shelby American strips the 5.8 liter engine down to the block, strengthens the internals and then cranks up the power. Combining a finely tuned adjustable suspension with a performance cooling package, big brakes and serious horsepower, the Shelby can outperform exotics costing three-to-four times more.

“The 2013 Shelby 1000 is the most powerful production muscle car on the market,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s test driver. “But this car cannot be defined by just its amazing power. The steering provides wonderful feedback and the car tracks beautifully, giving it an athletic feel. It attacks corners, ripping through them with minimal body roll and tremendous grip. Yet the Shelby 1000 can be so docile that you can cruise it down the streets of Manhattan.”

The 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C track version runs on pump gas and is rated at 1,200 HP. The post-title package starts at $154,995, not including the base GT500. A limited production of 100 2013 Shelby 1000′s will be built and each will be numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry.

Shelby American will also unveil another vehicle at the New York International Auto Show. Like the Shelby Focus ST, it will not be Ford Mustang based.

Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition 2013 Shelby 1000. Those interested in reserving a car should contact the Shelby American Sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

About Shelby American, Inc.
Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. Shelby American offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake, and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang, as well as the 2013 Shelby Focus ST. For more info, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

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Shelby 1000 Specifications
*S/C Version
Shelby/Ford Racing 4.0L Supercharger with inlet pipe and MAF
Shelby Spec. Assembly Rods, Pistons, Rings, Oil Pump & Bearings
Shelby Blower Grind Camshafts
Shelby Spec. Titanium Retainers
Shelby Stage 3 Ported Heads
Shelby Spec Main Studs
Shelby Spec Head Studs
Shelby Spec High Capacity 8 qt. Oil Pan
Shelby Super Twin Clutch and Flywheel Kit
Shelby Billet Transmission Support
Shelby Performance Fuel Injectors
Shelby Performance 1000 HP Fuel System
Shelby Custom Aluminum Driveshaft
Driveshaft Safety Loop
Shelby Rear Suspension Upgrade
Shelby/Wilwood Brakes (6 piston front, 4 piston rear calipers)
Shelby/RR Belt Tensioner
Shelby Overdrive Pulley
Borla Headers*
Three-inch Catback Exhaust
Shelby Performance Cooling Package
Shelby K-Member with Control Arms
Shelby Billet Aluminum Watts Link
Shelby Water Pump
Shelby Carbon Fiber Coil Overlay Kit
Shelby MGW Short Throw Shifter
Shelby Billet Forged 3 Piece Wheels in Matte Black or Natural Aluminum Finish 20×9 (front) 20×11 (rear)
High Performance Tires
Shelby Custom Rear End with Cooler
Shelby A Pillar Gauge Cluster
Shelby Oil Air Separators
Shelby Caster Camber Plates
Shelby 1000 Custom Fiber Glass Hood
Shelby 200 Amp Alternator
Custom Rear Deck Filler Panel
Shelby 1000 Reflective Side Graphics
Shelby Custom Interior Upgrade
Shelby 1000 Custom Car Cover
Shelby Museum Delivery Included

Additional Shelby 1000 Options
Shelby/Kenne Bell Supercharger
Shelby Wide Body Conversion



2013 Ford Shelby GT500 First Drive 6
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Shelby GT500, Automotive, featured, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Shelby, Shelby GT500, Test Drives on 09 6th, 2012

Could you imagine the excitement when I had the chance to drive the all-new 2013 Shelby GT500 packing in a monstrous 662 horsepower and being the last Shelby production vehicle that the late Carroll Shelby was able to sample? It is like a non-stop road-going rollercoaster that only pauses when the gas tank is depleted of its premium fuel – always a big smile on my face.

You would be hard pressed to walk onto a dealership lot and find anything near 662 horsepower without a hefty 6-figure price tag. The all-new 2013 Shelby GT500 is the epitome of an American muscle tradition that has probably reached a paramount in a time when big V8 engines are at the end of their era. For now, we shall let the good times roll on and soak up as much of what the new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has to offer.

The new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, interestingly enough to say, isn’t a car for just any enthusiast. It is for the enthusiast who has a live self-conscious of piloting a fun-machine that can instantly turn into a nightmare if they don’t have a certain level of respect for what it can and can’t do. Speaking of respect, the new Shelby GT500 is the king of Mustangs sporting the most powerful production V8 engine around. The new aluminum block 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine is a masterpiece with a total of 662 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 631 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.

A $3,495 performance track package option, found on my GT500 test vehicle, allows all of this power to feed the rear wheels by means of a Torsen limited-slip differential. The performance track package also includes sportier springs aided by electronic adjustable Bilstein dampers with Normal and Sport select modes via cock-pit button, larger anti-roll bars, external engine oil cooler, rear diff cooler and transmission cooler.

The suspension setup is actually pretty remarkable rivaling the Camaro ZL1’s magnetorheological suspension system. In Normal mode, the GT500 has a civilized ride with excellent dampening over most driving conditions. In Sport mode, the Bilstein dampers are set to an aggressive dampening setting giving the GT500 a harsh and responsive ride but adapted specifically for those track days. Although I did not take the GT500 on a track, I could easily see it being quite a handful even with the Sport suspension setting and traction control left in the on position.

The new Shelby GT500 gets forged 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch out back wrapped in sticky Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires, built specifically for the GT500. To put it lightly, the new Shelby GT500 is on the verge of its limits of tire adhesion even with these remarkable tires. Disabling the driver-nannies completely will easily burn up the rear tires all through 3rd gear. Although, the traction control system puts forth its excellent programming as to not instantly sap wheel spin provided it detects the GT500 going in a straight line. A slight bit of lateral slip is allowed, but with 662 horsepower the system is apt to bringing things to a crawl when the slippery rear-end starts to oversteer.

The new Shelby GT500 is fierce in a straight line, however, its tracking ability is diminished by requiring the driver to continually modulate the throttle when hitting twisty roads or track turns. Unlike the GT500’s Mustang Boss 302 sibling, the GT500 has a tender spot with so much available power throughout the RPM band. I would not go as far as to say the GT500 is not a track-worthy vehicle. I would, however, conversely admit that it takes a “seasoned” race car driver to lay down consistent track times.

It may be a good gesture for Ford to give new owners of the Shelby GT500 some track lessons before letting them loose on public roads in this beast, which is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and run down a full quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 135 mph. One thing to note, 60 mph can be reached in just 1st gear and the coveted top speed of 202 mph can be reached in 5th gear. I would not recommend trying the latter yourself. Gearing ratios are pretty good with the slight exception of 6th gear. 6th gear is extremely tall, landing the engine at a low 1400 rpm when cruising around 60 mph. 6th is strictly a highway-cruising over-drive gear to help the GT500 achieve its 24 mpg highway figure. City mpg, as expected with a 600+ horsepower vehicle is estimated at 15 mpg but I saw a diminished 13 mpg all day long during my “spritely driving adventures.” At 100 mph, you will be sitting at a nice low 2000 RPM – don’t ask me how I know this, just go with it. In the end, 6th gear is basically keeping new buyers from paying a gas guzzler tax.

A new Launch Control system, enabled by a dashboard button, allows the driver to pre-set a starting RPM for a virtually effortless mad dash to 60 mph and beyond. With Launch Control enabled, you select 1st gear, lay on the throttle at a stop and dump the clutch letting the ECM unit modulate the throttle and rear brakes to limit wheelspin. The system works well but does require you to dial in the right RPM range for the best launch depending on your surface conditions. You will want to try the system more than once, twice, or maybe even three times selecting different RPM increments. Don’t worry, the beefed up (strengthen case, internal bearings and helix angle of gears changed for handling extra torque) TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission, the only transmission choice for the GT500, and dual-disk ZF clutch with increased clamping load and performance friction material, will stand up to the job just fine. Just be sure to check those 285/35ZR-20 tires in the rear after each run for enough left-over tread.

Just like the Shelby GT500 predecessors, the new 2013 GT500 gets proper interior treatment that basically revolves around the optional ($1,595 option) ‘Shelby Man Leather’ Recaro bucket seats. The Recaro seats provide excellent lateral support with appropriate bolsters surprisingly proving to be fairly comfortable on long hauls. The steering wheel is accented with leather and alcantara wrapping. Using Ford’s latest dashboard cluster with center color LCD screen allows the driver to display different live gauges, such as boost, oil temp, air inlet temp and other vehicle information. There are track apps within the LCD screen for timing 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, quarter mile and even 8th mile times. The track apps even let you record braking distance and g-forces, too. Setting position is a bit too high for my taste but over time you tend to get used to it after your back continually gets depressed to the seat-back after feeling the furry of the supercharged V8.

SVT engineers put forth their best efforts to make the new Shelby GT500 a contender in the performance world without bloating the vehicle with unwanted weight. The over-all vehicle weight is down to 3,852 pounds with a 56/44 – front/rear weight distribution split.

On all GT500s you get a light-weight carbon fiber driveshaft (to handle 200 mph and save weight), massive 15-inch Brembo vented brake rotors up front clamped down on by six-piston calipers, and 13.8-inch vented rotors using single-piston calipers in the rear. Pop open the aluminum hood of any new Shelby GT500 and you will take notice to the blue powder-coated valve covers, a large cold-air intake, a massive blower with its pulley wrapped by an extra-wide belt (no slipping here), and the signature of the solo engine builder.

When pitted against the competition, the Shelby GT500 fairs well in a straight line as mentioned earlier. Track affairs will basically come down to drive competency while the GT500’s less-powerful Mustang Boss 302 has more of a track aptitude in comparison. Nevertheless, the new 2013 Shelby GT500 is the most horsepower you can find in a new car at a starting price of just $54,200. Adding the highly recommended track package for another $3,500 still puts this 662 horsepower beast in a horsepower-bargain category.

The new Shelby GT500 may go down in history as we slowly start witnessing an era where massive horsepower numbers are no longer at the forefront of automakers agenda. EPA regulations and greenhouse gas minders will probably see to it that vehicles like the GT500 go the way of the dinosaurs. For the time being; get it while the getting is good, and it is good!

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Shelby GT500 $54,200 / As-Tested $63,475
  • Engine: 5.8-liter DOHC Supercharged V8 662 horsepower @ 6250 rpm / 631 ft-lbs. torque @ 4000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 107.1 inch
  • Total length: 188.2 inch
  • Total width: 73.9 inch
  • Total height: 55.1 inch
  • Track: f/r-61.9/62.5 inch
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/29.8 inch
  • Headroom: 38.5/34.7 inch
  • Turning circle: 33.4 ft.
  • Gas tank: 16 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,850 lbs.
  • EPA mileage: 15 mpg/city, 24 mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds


2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Video 20
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Camaro ZL1, 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevy Camaro, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Shelby GT500, Shelby, Shelby GT500, video on 06 20th, 2012

The ultimate modern-day pony car war starts and ends with the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. These two cars are the epitome of modern American muscle cars utilizing the best that automotive technology has to offer. What everyone wants to know, despite the Shelby GT500 having an obvious 98-rear-wheel horsepower advantage over the Camaro ZL1, which one is apt to take home the checkered flag.

What it all comes down to in finding a true victor, is the type of tests that you put these two American muscle monsters through. The Shelby GT500, sporting the most powerful production-car V8 engine, is the obvious victor when it comes to straight-line 60 mph or even quarter mile runs. After-all, it is over 200 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1. Of course you better be a good driver to be able to claim a win over the ZL1 in a straight-line, it isn’t much of a pushover. Straight-line performance is not the tell-all as you will have Camaro ZL1 fans tell you. When it comes to the handling department, it seems the Camaro ZL1 is more of the conqueror.

So, you have the Shelby GT500 with and slight edge in power and the Camaro ZL1 with an edge in handling attributes. Which one would you take to the track confident to walk away in 1st place?

Hit up the comparison video below and check out some of the hard numbers Inside Line gets from these two vehicles.



Ford Mustang Customizer Website: The Ultimate Friday Time Suck 16
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Boss 302, Ford, Ford Mustang Customizer, Kurt, Mustang, News, Shelby GT500 on 09 16th, 2011

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It’s Friday, signifying the end of one more working week. The odds of you being productive on the job today lie between “slim” and “none,” which is why we’re telling you to head on over to the Ford Mustang Customizer Website. What’s there? The chance to build your very own custom Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or Shelby GT500. You can choose custom paint, revised bodywork, unique wheels, custom stripe packages and even different backgrounds to view your custom ‘Stang against.

If you think you can beat Ford’s designers at their own game, you can even upload your completed Mustang to Facebook, where you can convince / bribe / threaten friends and relatives to pick your design over everyone else’s. What do you win if you rack up the highest number of votes? Nothing but bragging rights, and the opportunity to know that you’ve designed the baddest Mustang on Facebook.

If you fall in love with your creation and have to see it parked in your driveway, Ford will even supply a list of the Ford or aftermarket components picked to design your one-of-a-kind Mustang. Building just about any configuration is ultimately possible, but it certainly won’t be inexpensive.

If you’re a Mustang fan, the configurator site is guaranteed to take up at least a half-hour of your time, for each Mustang built. In other words, you have 16 Mustangs to get through before 5:00 rolls around, so you’d best get busy.

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