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Pebble Beach: Ford unveils Shelby Cobra with a monster 850-horsepower engine

August 17, 2012|By W.J. Hennigan
  • The one-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra is a tribute to car designer Carroll Shelby, who died in May at 89.
The one-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra is a tribute to car designer… (Shelby American )

Not far from the eye-catching vintage sports cars and immense luxury rides making up the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show, the auto company that bears the name of industry icon Carroll Shelby unleashed a monster.

Well, unleashed a Cobra, to be precise.

Shelby American Inc. and Ford Motor Co. unveiled a one-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra that kicks out a staggering 850-horsepower at Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Decked out in the guardsman blue paint with Wimbledon white racing stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s, the new car is a tribute to Carroll Shelby, who died in May at the age of 89.

“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” Shelby American President John Luft said in a statement. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build as found in the rear wide-body kit and hood that has been integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”

Already stocked with a rowdy 662-horsepower engine, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra got a boost from a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger. For traction, the car features 13-inch-wide rear wheels.

Times Auto Critic David Undercoffler plans to drive it in October and write a review.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which features about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world, takes place this Sunday.

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