MUSTANG GOES WIDE
- Mar 12, 2018
- In News, Shelby South Africa
THE BIG NEWS FOR 2018 FOR FORD’S LEGENDARY PONY CAR IS THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SHELBY WIDE BODY CONVERSION FOR THE SUPERCHARGED SUPER SNAKE
Riding on the back of Mustang’s ongoing strong local sales performance, Shelby South Africa has introduced a new concept in Ford’s legendary pony car’s 52-year history – the Wide Body. Based on the Shelby Super Snake, the Wide Body conversion is aimed at increasing grip and handling of the supercharged 5,0 V8 Mustang, and includes new suspension, brakes, tyre and wheel equipment.
Shelby American has been pushing the performance envelope since 1962 and the Wide Body concept is designed to optimise the car’s already exceptional performance by providing more grip at all four wheels to help create the ultimate Mustang driving experience.
The Super Snake already offers a fully-adjustable coil-over suspension system, bigger brakes, hardened wheel studs, stronger spindles and hubs as well as a more aggressive wheel and tyre package over other Mustang models. Adding approximately 4 inches (101,6 mm) to the car’s rear track and 2,5 inches (63,5 mm) to the front has opened up new opportunities to maximise handling. Together with uprated brakes, wider wheels and tyres, the Wide Body upgrade significantly changes the car’s driving dynamics allowing for later braking and earlier acceleration through corners.
The basic package consists of Shelby-spec track suspension including upgraded performance spindles and hubs and new rear lower control arms. Brakes are Shelby Brembo 16-inch ventilated discs with six-piston calipers up front, and 14-inch ventilated discs with four-piston calipers at the rear. Forged aluminium wheels are 20×11-inch shod with 305 tyres at the front, and 20×12,5-inch with 345-section rubber at the rear. The wider body kit comprises new front fenders with vents, new rear quarter panels, and new rocker mouldings, all of which are bonded to the body shell – no drilling of the existing shell is necessary.
Super Snake engine options remain the same, namely the basic 670 hp (500 kW) upgrade of the supercharged V8, or a range-topping 750 hp (560 kW) version.
“Since the launch of Shelby in South Africa, the brand has gained great traction and we have sold in excess of 45 complete Shelbys, of which 36 have been delivered,” says Shelby SA CEO Peter Lindenberg. “We see Shelby as a sought-after, niche-market supercar and the interest in the brand continues to amaze us. Now, with the release of the spectacular Wide Body derivative, Shelby SA looks forward to further enhancement of the brand with this exciting development.”
Orders are now being taken. The price of the basic 670 hp Super Snake Wide Body conversion is R1 372 491,30 (excl. VAT) and for the 750 hp kit R1 487 351,30 (excl. VAT). There are a host of interior trim and body accessories available as options. All Shelby SA Mustang conversions are covered by a 3-year/60 000 km warranty.
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