Road-Racing Shelby Super Snake Concept Car Unveiled
May 19, 2017
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Shelby American has introduced its 2017 Shelby Super Snake wide body study, the company’s first factory concept vehicle in over 10 years. The concept includes new suspension, brake, tire and wheel options designed to maximize the car’s wider track for road racing.
“The success of our 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake, Shelby F-150 and Shelby Cobra programs have fueled a desire to stretch our team in new ways. The wide-body Shelby Super Snake concept vehicle is a glimpse at our next generation track focused car, as well as a demonstration of Shelby American’s vitality,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American.
The concept car was also unveiled to the public at the 5th Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show on May 20.
“Shelby American’s wide body option for the previous generation Super Snake was very popular because it put more rubber under the car to improve traction for drag racing,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. “The current Shelby Super Snake emphasizes handling much more than the last model, which required a new approach with this concept. Instead of being optimized for straight line performance, the Super Snake wide body concept provides more grip on all four corners. It was designed to give drivers a serious competitive edge on the road course.”
The wide-body concept began with the popular 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake, according to Shelby American. Powered by a supercharged Ford 5-liter V8 engine, Shelby American added a fully adjustable coil over suspension system, bigger brakes, hardened wheel studs, stronger spindles and hubs, as well as a more aggressive wheel and tire package to put all 750 horsepower to the road.
“Adding approximately four inches to the car’s rear track and two-and-a-half to the front, opened up new opportunities to maximize handling,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American vice president of operations and chief test driver. “The fully-adjustable coil over suspension and the enormous Brembo braking system, along with wider wheels and tires significantly change the car’s driving dynamics. This provides more grip for later braking and earlier acceleration out of corners. It will deliver more communication to the driver and better absorb track imperfections. The wide body Super Snake concept is every road racer’s dream.”
The Lightning Blue Shelby Super Snake concept includes:
- Shelby spec track suspension
- Rear lower control arms
- Performance spindle & control arms
- Brembo Shelby brake system with 16-inch rotors and six piston calipers in the front 14-inch rotors and four piston calipers in the rear
- Front fenders with vents
- Rear quarter panels
- Rocker styling kit
- 12.5-inch by 20-inch rear and 11-inch by 20-inch front wheels shod with Michelin performance tires
- Hardened extended wheel lugs
The wide body Shelby Super Snake was designed and built at Shelby American’s facility in Las Vegas. If the wide body concept goes into production, it will be available worldwide with the package registered in the official Shelby Registry.
For more information about the 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake, visit www.Shelby.com.
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