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One-off 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra is an 850-hp tribute to Carroll Shelby

Aki Sugawara
August 17, 2012

Amidst the deafening roar of vintage engines at the Monterey Motorsports Renion, Ford and Shelby American have unveiled the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra, a one-of-a-kind Mustang that delivers 850 horsepower to its massive, 345-width rear wheels.

"We combined two things Carroll Shelby loved: the two-seat Cobra and the 2013 Shelby GT500," said Jim Owens, vice-president of marketing and communications for Shelby Automotive. "What we did to connect this to the Cobra is that it's the real Cobra aluminum hood scoop."

The wide-bodied Shelby GT500 Cobra has six-piston Wilwood brakes up front, a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger that increases the 5.8-liter V-8's output from 662 hp to 850hp, and is finished in the historical Guardsman Blue paint with white stripes—a nostalgic throwback to the Shelby Cobras from the 60s.

On display at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion this weekend, the car will eventually be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson, according to Edsel Ford II, great grandson of Henry Ford and member of the board of directors at Ford Motor Company.

Ford also announced that it will will rename the street at its Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan to Carroll Shelby Way.