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Shelby American Revives Legendary “Pocket Rocket” and Ups It’s Muscle Car Game


- note - this press release was posted numerous times, however, we wanted to break it out as its own topic.




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DETROIT – Jan. 15, 2013 – Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), unveiled today its new 850 horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake “Wide Body” as well as the new performance tuned Shelby Focus ST at the North American International Auto Show. The two cars represent bookends in the lineup of high performance vehicles available from Shelby American.


“Carroll Shelby’s innovative and aggressive hot-rodder spirit lives on at Shelby American today. ” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “His Cobra redefined the sports car genre and then Shelby turned what some called a ‘secretary’s car’, the Mustang, into the fire-breathing GT350. A few years later, Shelby practically invented the American ‘pocket-rocket’ with the four-cylinder turbocharged, front wheel drive Shelby GLH. This year, we’re returning to our roots with a pair of game-changing cars that will rewrite the rules for American performance.”


Shelby American takes the stock 662 horsepower 2013 GT500 and boosts its performance to a street-legal 850 horsepower while keeping it 50 state emissions legal and tuned on 91 octane pump gas. Adding Shelby’s new Wide Body option puts all that power to the pavement, and the rest is history.


“Now with 13 inch rear and 10 inch front wheels that are wrapped in serious rubber, the car launches and handles like the super car it is,” added Gary Davis, vice president of production at Shelby American. The optional wide body package isn’t just a cosmetic change, it now gives the Super Snake much more traction and makes it easy to exploit the Shelby’s potential right past the competition.”


Customers can choose between Satin Black, Gloss White, Silver, Blue and Red stripes. Offered now for the first time, wheel options include a rear-only or front and rear “wide body” packages.


Even though the new Wide Body Super Snake will have the chops to lead the muscle car pack, it is the return of Carroll Shelby’s beloved “Pocket Rocket” that may be the biggest news in Detroit.


Shelby Introduces 850 HP Wide body Monster and New Pocket Rocket (2/2)

“Carroll Shelby ignored critics who said the turbo four Omni couldn’t be an affordable performance car in the 1980s,” noted Gary Patterson, vice president of Operations/Sales. “He proved them wrong with an impressive, lightweight four cylinder performer. Ford Motor Company’s new Focus ST is the perfect platform for the rebirth of the front wheel drive turbo four cylinder Shelby. It is a car that Carroll wanted to build before his passing and is a worthy successor to his ‘Pocket-Rocket’ GLH.”


Designed in the Shelby skunkworks and tested extensively at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the front wheel drive Shelby Focus ST is a driver-focused masterpiece of performance with a budget minded price.


New Ford Racing suspension pieces lower the car while the wheels and tires improve grip and traction. The bigger Shelby spec brakes with drilled rotors enhance the stopping power; along with the sound of the Shelby/Borla exhaust makes it uniquely Shelby. Inside, the car has a complete Shelby branded custom interior, Shelby shifter and finished off with the unique Shelby CSM badge. On the outside, the Shelby is easily identified by its functional hood vents, hydro-carbon front and rear grille inserts, Shelby lettering and rear Hydro-carbon spoiler. Three visual graphics packages are offered, ranging from “traditional” Shelby stripes to more edgy Shelby checkered flag splash or competition graphics. Under the hood, Shelby American adds stylish hydro-carbon components and is developing an optional performance tune expected to significantly increase horsepower.


The post-title package for the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake starts at $28,995 (662 hp) and $39,995 (850 hp). The wide body option adds another $17,995, not including the base GT500. The 2013 Shelby Focus ST post-title package begins at $14,995 not including the Ford Focus ST and will be limited to 500 per model year.


Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition cars. Interested parties should contact their sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit.


Click here to build your own Shelby Focus ST


About Shelby American, Inc.

Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. Shelby American offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake, and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang, as well as the 2013 Shelby Focus ST. For more info, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

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would rather have seen the Terlinqua come back with the eco-boost V6 instead of this Focus... especially if its just an appearence package! Also Why? Don't see Roush or Saleen going to pocket rockets. Maybe do what Saleen did and use the Shelby package on Camaro's and Challenger's at least its still a muscle car

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would rather have seen the Terlinqua come back with the eco-boost V6 instead of this Focus... especially if its just an appearence package! Also Why? Don't see Roush or Saleen going to pocket rockets. Maybe do what Saleen did and use the Shelby package on Camaro's and Challenger's at least its still a muscle car



Actually Saleen did do a Focus in 2005.



Roush has been working on a Focus project for a couple of years. Here's their SEMA car last year.


Here's the story on the Roush:



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Steeda has also reworked the Focus for several years now.


There will not be an EcoBoost Shelby Mustang until Ford offers the EcoBoost in the Mustang. If you thought a Shelby Focus was pricey then you would love the price of a 2013 Mustang with an entire engine swap, not to mention all the techno wisidry to make a turbo 4 or 6 work.



I'll say it again, I love the Shelby Focus, price be damned. They may not sell many but they will surely sell lots of speed and handling parts for those who don't take their Focus to Shelby for post-title.


Way to go Shelby!

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It is not just an appearance package. It has all the appearance items but also suspension, brakes, short throw shifter and exhuast. Also, they mentioned they will have a tune set for it soon, which I do believe will boost it to 300+ hp.

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We picked up a Focus ST in November. It's a great car. I can't even imagine better brakes on it. Unless the factory ones fade. Since it is winter here, I have not had a chance to drive it real hard but the brakes work very very well in normal driving A Shelby ST would be very cool. But, I can't get along with all the fake carbon fibre. One of the things we like about the Focus is that the larger wing is body colored. The Fiesta we had came with a black wing and it always looked like some cheap after market kit piece.

The only thing I feel needs to be changed on the ST is the shifter. Of course more power is always a good thing. But I ain't complaining about what it has now. This is the first car in a long time that I don't feel the need to change the suspension on. It handles very well right from the factory.


I would like to see pictures of the upholstery on the Reccaro seats, and in red if they do it.


Every time I look at the pictures of the various decal schemes, the "competition" scheme reminds me of Herbie the love bug. :)

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Coming to Shelby automobiles in March! Does anyone know if there is a Shelby Focus there to see?

Looking for a new daily driver ? and the Focus is a nice car, so why not a Shelby :salute: ?



Currently the Shelby Focus prototype is in Detroit for the NAIAS. I suspect that we will have the car here in March, especially for the Vegas Bash. Who knows, perhaps you'll see the Shelby Focus being driven on the track by Gary Patterson, SAI's director of fun :)



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