Continuing news from my friends at Shelby American….
New Ford Mustang EcoBoost version of the Shelby GT model available
335HP, sharper handling, robust brakes and Shelby styling to set the car apart
The package is available for both automatic and manual transmission versions of the car
Specifically designed for the new network of Shelby Mod Shops worldwide
LAS VEGAS – Sept. 10, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) is expanding its vehicle lineup for global customers by offering a Shelby GT version of the popular EcoBoost model 2015-2016 Ford Mustang. The new car will debut this fall, just after the Goodwood Revival kicks off the company’s official European debut.
“Ever since Ford announced that its terrific new Mustang would be available worldwide, requests for Shelby versions of the car have rolled in from across the globe,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Since the majority of Mustangs that Ford offers in many of those countries will be the EcoBoost model, our team has been developing a Shelby GT model for the nimble new turbocharged four cylinder car, as well as the V8 powered GT. This package was specifically developed for the recently announced network of Shelby Mod Shops that will stretch from Europe to South Africa, China and Australia. They will add the Shelby package to a Ford Mustang that a customer has purchased in that area.”
Like the manual and automatic transmission 5.0 liter model Shelby GT, the EcoBoost version of the car is far more than stripes and a badge. Shelby American spent significant time developing the car, putting it through extensive testing on the track. The car was refined with a Ford Performance handling pack upgrade, engine tune and a throatier Ford Performance exhaust. The result is over 335 horsepower on 91 octane fuel and significantly better handling.
“Shelby American has delivered a car that not only provides superior handling, it has smooth progressive power and great braking capabilities,” said Vince LaViolette, SAI lead designer and factory test driver. “Yet it doesn’t negate the EcoBoost’s outstanding fuel economy. And the car offers the aggressive styling of the new Shelby GT that enthusiasts demand.”
The $23,995 starting price (not including the base EcoBoost Mustang) includes performance upgrades to the suspension, a least 20 more horsepower, a new exhaust, bigger wheels and tires. Aesthetically, the car will also share some of the treatments from the V8 version of the Shelby GT including a carbon fiber front splitter, hood, rear spoiler and rocker panel. A list of additional performance options are also available including even more aggressive brakes, stronger half shafts, more cooling, brake ducts, etc.
“The Shelby GT EcoBoost is the perfect step into a Shelby Mustang platform for customers around the world,” said Akos Feher, Vice President of Operations. “We now offer Mustang owners everything from aggressive Shelby carbon fiber aesthetic touches to legendary tuning and performance for both the V8 and EcoBoost cars.”
Ford’s family of turbocharged, direct injection EcoBoost four-cylinder was designed to deliver power and torque consistent with those of larger displacement, naturally aspirated engines while achieving approximately 20 percent better fuel efficiency and 15 percent reduced greenhouse emissions.
“The Shelby GT EcoBoost is designed to appeal to a new Shelby enthusiast audience,” said Gary Schechner, Shelby American Vice President Marketing and Sales. “While we believe that Americans will embrace the car, we expect significant demand from this platform internationally where the availability of the V8 Mustang GT may be more limited or taxes and tariffs might prevent ownership of the V8 engine.”
The Shelby GT EcoBoost package starts at $23,995, not including the base car. More information is available at www.Shelby.com or by calling (702) 942-7325. Shelby American will be accepting deposits on a first-come, first-served basis.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car and Daytona Coupe component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2015 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck. For more information, visit www.shelby.com.
Shelby GT EcoBoost Key Features
SHELBY carbon fiber front splitter
SHELBY carbon fiber hood
SHELBY carbon fiber upper and lower grilles with SHELBY GT badge
SHELBY carbon fiber spoiler
SHELBY carbon fiber rocker panels
“Powered by Ford” emblem
SHELBY Rocker panel graphics
SHELBY GT striping & badging kit including c-pillar, rear deck lid, faux gas cap and taillight panel
SHELBY Registry CSM Serial Number Dash and Engine Plaques
SHELBY embroidery in headrests
SHELBY Logo Carpeted Floor Mats
SHELBY logo lit door sills
20″ Venice WELD Racing wheels (9.5”x20) in 3 choices: Polished, Machined Black and Black.
Michelin Pilot Sport 275-35zr20 Tires
SHELBY Tuned BORLA Performance Exhaust
SHELBY carbon fiber hood extension
SHELBY carbon fiber mirror covers
SHELBY 3-gauge dash pod with Boost, Fuel and Oil pressure gauges
SHELBY Katzkin interior upgrade
Sparco race seats
Convertible light bar
Short throw shifter
Ford Performance half-shafts
Willwood 6-piston front brakes, 4-piston rear brakes
Brake duct kit
Camber caster plates
Adjustable rear tow rod