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Series 2 to be introduced

Shelby will introduce a 2003 US certified Series 2 in March of this year, which will also be available supercharged to deliver the same knee-trembling performance as the legendary Cobra. The car will be sold worldwide and Shelby American Inc is now taking deposits for this unique, limited production sportscar.

How about 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds and a standing quarter mile of 11.3 secs at 126mph from the forced induction, quad-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder, 4.0-litre V8. The delivered 450bhp and 406lb ft torque are impressive figures, although not the highest outputs by super-car standards, yet the car accelerates off the line like no other. Part of the reason for this lies in the supercharger system, the installation of which goes way beyond simply bolting on a Vortec blower, and part in the chassis construction and weight distribution of the car.

"We wanted to maximise blower performance to engine longevity while maintaining clean running and uncompromised handling," says Shelby American’s Marketing Director, Gary Patterson. Predictably, the increased performance demanded higher flowing fuel injectors and an uprated fuel pump that could deliver increased pressure on demand.

Careful attention has been paid to blower bearing lubrication to ensure long-term reliability. The clutch plate has been changed to a ceramic item to cope with the extra power and the radiator shroud is modified to accept an intercooler heat exchanger. Finally, the engine management system is reprogrammed to optimise the power curve. Once the Shelby team are happy with the way each engine performs, it is put on a rolling road to verify that it is making a genuine 450bhp. Under-bonnet, the result is a beautifully engineered and packaged system, which delivers raw power the way only a supercharged power unit can.

Americans are legendary for making cars that go fast in a straight line, but when it comes to cornering prowess, it has often been said that the Europeans can show them a thing or two. The Series 1 and the soon to be introduced Series 2, however, are clearly a class act that Europeans could learn from.

Through the use of lightweight materials like aluminium honeycomb and carbon fibre, Shelby has been able to produce possibly the world’s most advanced production car chassis. It has twice the torsional strength (52 hertz) and stiffness of most sports cars, and is also incredibly light (2850lb kerb weight for the existing Series 1, compared with, say, an Aston Marin Vanquish at 4045lb), endowing the car with an extremely favourable power-to-weight ratio.

Shelby has brought all of his racing experience to bear on the specification of the car’s suspension, steering and brakes, which is carried over from Series 1. Main features include forged aluminium upper and lower A-arms for the independent rear suspension, race-bred, inboard-mounted, coil-over shock absorbers and 12-inch ventilated discs. At the front, rocker arms activate inboard-mounted, coil-over spring/damper units, while stopping power is generated by 13-inch diameter ventilated brake discs clamped by powerful, four-piston callipers (60-0mph deceleration in 105ft). Like its predecessor, Series 2 will roll on 18-inch diameter wheels and tyres, with power-assisted, rack-and-pinion steering and just 1.6 turns from lock to lock for ultra-quick response. It is capable of generating a neck-stretching 1.05g lateral acceleration.

Clothing the advanced chassis of Series 2 is an aggressively styled, carbon fibre body (subtly different internally to Series 1) that possesses all the drama of the original Cobra, but in a design penned for today. Air is sucked through the familiar, Cobra-style, oval-mouthed grille, and forced out over the low-slung bonnet to produce downforce and thereby aid stability at speed. Sculptured air vents faired in behind the front wheels serve to relieve air pressure and aid brake cooling in conjunction with circular ducts set in the front air dam. The swoopy body "kicks-up" over the rear wheel arches before ending, in true fastback style, with an abruptly cut-off tail – all in the interests of effective aerodynamics.

The Series 2 will come fully equipped with a hand-crafted leather interior, body- hugging sports seats, power windows, air conditioning and CD player – in fact, everything you would expect in a top-level sports car. In performance terms and layout, the Supercharged Series 2 stacks up favourably against the Ferrari 456, which costs over £170,000 new. By comparison, the Supercharged Series 2 will be priced at around $155,000, representing what Shelby believes is a notably more cost-effective performance package as well as a more thrilling and communicative driving experience. For those for whom ultimate performance isn’t a requirement, the normally aspirated Series 2 will cost around $125,000.

Shelby Series 2 production will be limited to just 500 cars, adding exclusivity and long-term value to the marque. Fifty supercharged versions of Series 1 have already burbled away from Shelby’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway-based premises, emphasising the appeal for an ultimate performing spiritual successor to the Cobra.

The Series 2 is available direct from the factory with a number of options, including racing suspension, custom paintwork, roll bar and interior packages.
 

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Punk Boy said:
Series 2 to be introduced

For those for whom ultimate performance isn’t a requirement, the normally aspirated Series 2 will cost around $125,000.


Is that all. ;)
 

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BIG LAW MAN said:
Blah blah blah...who gives a rat's ass...it's still a FORD!:down:
and what Ford is the Series one based off of? hummmm....NONE it doesn't even have a ford motor in it...the motor is based off the Olds Aroura V-8 ... so if anything its a GM product:nuts:
 

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Patrick96LT4 said:
Can I get the cliff notes?

Or, post a picture so I don't have to read that.:thumbsup:
sorry no pics right now..looked on shelbyamerican.com the offical website and no pics or news yet on there website....i'd expect to see pics in the next months magazines if this news is true
 
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