The Shelby Raptor was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show at the end of March by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc.
The muscle truck is a Ford SVT Raptor with “Shelby Magic” added. Air is forced through a 2.9-liter supercharger mounted on the massive 6.2-liter V-8 engine, then out of the Shelby Borla exhaust system. The upgrades kick the stock 411-hp rating up to 525 horsepower, according to Shelby American.
“As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Carroll connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity.”
A six-speed automatic transmission transfers power to all four wheels and features a manual mode to give the driver complete gear selection control. The vehicle is equipped with 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires and optional custom wheels to facilitate maximum performance on any ground. The off-road mode calibrates the transmission, stability and traction-control systems to operate in harmony under high-speed, no-pavement situations, the automaker noted.
“The Shelby Raptor was an absolute thrill to test across the Nevada desert,” said Vince LaViolette, test driver for Shelby American. “The suspension system allows the Raptor to go over, around or through just about any obstacle. When more power is needed, just stroke the gas to spool up the supercharger and make the big tires rip.”
A limited production of 100 Shelby Raptors will be built per model year. Each will be numbered and documented with a unique Shelby CSM number and entered in to the official Shelby Registry.