Shelby’s Sixth Generation Ford Mustang’s Wide-Body Concept Has Been Unveiled

The Shelby is a high-performance version of the Ford Mustang, built by Shelby from 1965 to 1968 and by Ford 1969 to 1970.

When Ford introduced the fifth generation Ford Mustang in 2005, the Shelby badge was revived as a new high-performance Ford Mustang model, this time being designed and built by Ford. With the introduction of the sixth-generation Mustang, Ford has brought the legendary vehicle closer to true sports car status. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R coming close to the performance of vehicles such as the BMW M3 and the Porsche 911 to name a few.

Based on the 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake the powertrain, a supercharged V-8 capable of 670 or 750 horsepower depending on preferred specifications was created. The new body kit adds approximately four inches to the Shelby’s rear and two and a half at the front. This extra width allows Ford to install wider wheels and tires front and rear, 12.5 inches on the back and 11 inches on the front adding a bigger footprint to the road surface.

Upgrades to the handling include fully adjustable coilover suspension, improved and upgraded spindle and control arms and huge Brembo brakes with 16inch rotors in front and 14 inches at the back. According to Shelby, there is more surface grip for late braking and early acceleration out of the corners, the vehicle also provides better feedback and improved absorption of track imperfections.

With the improved configuration, Company president Gary Patterson said in a statement “Instead of being optimized for straight line performance, the Super Snake widebody concept provides more grip on all four corners. It was designed to give drivers a serious competitive edge on the road course.”

In a further statement company president, Gary Patterson said that buyers of previous wide-body Mustangs chose the larger body because it allowed for bigger tires, thus giving the car a drag racing advantage. Shelby will officially reveal the concept alongside the new Shelby F-150 Super Snake performance pickup truck at its annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show at the company’s Southern California facility.