Mustang GT500 Gets 800-Plus HP With Shelby American Signature Edition
SHELBY AMERICAN LAUNCHES SHELBY GT350SE AND SHELBY GT500SE
LAS VEGAS – July 30, 2020 – Shelby American executives today announced their first Carroll Shelby Signature Edition post-title packages for the 2020 Shelby GT500 and 2015-2020 model year Shelby GT350SE, including ‘R’ model cars Vaunted. Shelby American will enhance the style, performance and exclusivity of the two iconic American sports cars and the Ford Shelby GT500SE will have over 800 horsepower. Limited to just 100 per model year, each Shelby Signature Edition car will receive a Shelby CSM number and will be documented in the official U.S. Shelby registry.
Cars will also include other ownership benefits, including entry into Team Shelby, donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation and more. A host of options including the popular Widebody package will also be available, including a “First 15” package.
“The Ford Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 are world-class sports cars with spectacular performance,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “Our limited edition Carroll Shelby Signature Edition packs are designed to leverage their amazing capabilities to deliver an even more aggressive, refined and exclusive take on the two spectacular cars. They are exceptionally good-looking and deliver dazzling performance mile after mile, lap after lap. Additionally, the Shelby GT500SE will be eligible for further upgrades by Shelby American in the future. “
The 2020 Shelby GT500SE will feature over 40 extra horsepower, a fully functional dry carbon fiber hood, new wheels, tires, suspension settings, interior, badges, stripes and more.
“We incorporated a new pulley and coolers to make the 5.2-liter V8 produce over 800 horsepower with a 93-octane fuel pump,” said Vince LaViolette, US vice president of operations and chief of research and development at Shelby. “We lowered the car with more track-oriented springs which correspond to an aggressive new suspension setup. Next, we cut 30 pounds off the top of the Shelby GT500SE with the ultralight dry carbon fiber hood, which is also much stronger and lighter. An optional widebody modification is even available for the serious driver.
While the Shelby GT350 and its “R” model stablemate have been available since 2015, this is the first program for the Shelby American car.
“The 1965 Shelby GT350 was the first Mustang-based car that Shelby American and Ford Motor Company created together,” Patterson said. “To celebrate 55 years of working together, we’ve created the Shelby GT350SE with a more aggressive handling package, sporty interior, stripes, special wheels, performance tires and several functional styling cues. 2020 car models will wear a unique anniversary badge, while 2015-2019 cars will have a standard one. The Shelby GT350SE package is affordable, distinctive, and includes the coveted Shelby serial number. “
The sale of each Signature Edition car benefits the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which was established by Carroll Shelby. The Foundation provides medical assistance to those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and for the benefit of the Shelby Automotive Museum.
“The Carroll Shelby Foundation was very important to my grandfather, so I am proud that the cars bearing his personal signature will directly benefit his charity,” said Aaron Shelby, co-chair of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Because Carroll cared so much about the enthusiasts, each car includes a membership to Team Shelby, the club he founded many years ago. We believe Team Shelby is the heart of the Shelby community and the Carroll Shelby Foundation is its soul.
Shelby American is offering a “First 15” incentive that includes special benefits if a current generation Shelby GT500 or Shelby GT350 owner books their Signature Edition car before August 14, 2020.
“As one of the ‘top 15’, an owner will receive an invitation to a special party for the group in Las Vegas, a signed photo of his car in Shelby, one of the top 15 Shelby serial numbers, l ‘official Shelby gear, one night stay at the casino and D Hotel Las Vegas to visit Shelby American and other great perks,’ Patterson said. “It will be a very exclusive group.”
Carroll Shelby Signature Edition post-title packages are available from Shelby American and will be built on premises in Las Vegas. A limited number will be built by certain Shelby mod stores and international distributors. Those interested in these or any other Shelby vehicle can visit Shelby.com.