Carroll Shelby will be at the North American International Auto Show in spirit this year.
Shelby passed away in May at the age of 89, but the company that the legendary racer, performance car designer and entrepreneur helped start will unveil two exclusive new vehicles Jan. 15 at the Detroit auto show.
Gary Patterson, Shelby American vice president of operations, provided a few details on the company website.
"2013 is going to be an exciting time at Shelby American. We have lots of new things coming your way," said Patterson, who will be in Detroit for the show with President John Luft.
Following Carroll's wishes appears to be on the agenda.
"While I can't talk about any Detroit details now, I will quote Carroll from last year," Patterson said. " 'I think you're going to see the industry going completely to small engines with turbochargers. That's the only way you can get the mileage that the government is going to be demanding.' "
The expectation is a first look at modifications to Ford's EcoBoost turbocharged engines to offer a combination of power and fuel economy to meet regulations.
Patterson also made some concrete promises for an ultimate Super Snake.
"We have a wide body option on the 2013 Super Snake -- a concept you'll be able to see at the Detroit auto show in January. This will allow you to put a lot of tire on the car, allowing you to put a 345 or even a 355 wide tire on the back," he said.
Last year in Detroit, Shelby showed the 800-horsepower GT 500 Super Snake, one of three 50th anniversary cars based on the Mustang. The other two were anniversary editions of the GT350 and GTS. Shelby said it would build 300 anniversary cars: 50 black and 50 white versions of each model, all with gold striping to mark the golden anniversary.
Patterson said the company also plans to offer the wide body option for all 2005 to 2009 Mustang Super Snakes and GTs. The cars must be shipped to Shelby for conversion.
Over the years, Ford and Shelby have developed, built, converted and sold specialty vehicles together. Today people must buy their Mustang and send it to Shelby American in Las Vegas, where it can be turned into a GT350 or Super Snake.
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