Shelby Builds GT500SE to Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research

Apr 28, 2021

Shelby American has unveiled a one-off 2021 Shelby GT500SE that was commissioned by the non-profit Cruise for a Cause. Named the “Hope Edition,” the car will travel the United States and be given away in a sweepstakes to help raise awareness and funds in support of cancer research.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer, whether personally or through someone they love,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “We were honored to build this one-off car for Cruise for a Cause’s fundraising campaign. While every vehicle built at Shelby is special, we really poured our hearts into building a car that would inspire people to open their hearts and wallets to help eradicate this horrible disease.”

The car builds on the Carroll Signature Edition (SE) package for the 2021 Shelby GT500. It has over 800* horsepower and a host of upgrades ranging from a lighter dry carbon fiber performance hood with functional air vents to high flow cooling, suspension modifications and styling changes. Shelby American’s SE package takes the 2021 Shelby GT500 and gives it a sharper edge with even greater capabilities, without voiding the warranty. Only 98 SE package vehicles for this model year will be available in North America.

“Since a portion of the sale from each SE package benefits the Carroll Shelby Foundation, it seemed the perfect foundation for our one-off car,” said Dan Neve, founder of Cruise for a Cause. “Collaborating with Gary Patterson, Vince LaViolette and their team we chose the options that people want the most, like the Carbon Fiber Track Pack and stunning Anti-Matter blue color. Then we added bold ‘Hope Edition’ graphics in key places within and on the outside of the car, plus an official Shelby badge noting that it is one of one.”

The Hope Edition will make its public debut at the Shelbyfest event in Jefferson City, Missouri, on May 6. Click here for more information on the sweepstakes.