Classic Recreations has unveiled a limited-edition re-modified Mustang that looks like it was racing straight out of a Hot Wheels catalog. It has a carbon fiber body and is powered by a supercharged V8 engine.
Wisconsin-based SpeedKore, known for building a Dodge Challenger Demon with carbon fiber, helped make the concept a reality. It relied on original Shelby molds to accurately replicate a 1967-1968 Mustang body shell using woven carbon fiber, and placed it over the original steel sub-structure. About 600 pounds were lost during the conversion, a diet that, according to the tuner, gives the Carbon Edition Shelby GT500CR a power-to-weight ratio on par with most exotic supercars.
Leaving the powertrain and chassis would have been far too easy, so Classic Recreations installed a supercharged, 5.0-liter V8 in the engine compartment and tuned it to develop 810 horsepower, a figure that eclipses the 2020 GT500. It spins the 18-inch rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission from Tremec. Wilwood brakes, a hydraulic steering rack, an adjustable spiral suspension, tubular subframe connectors, a stainless steel MagnaFlow exhaust and a roll bar are also on the customization list.
Building a Carbon Edition Shelby GT500CR takes between 12-18 months, depending on how it is configured. Classic Recreations is licensed by Ford to build follow-up cars, and it is the company Shelby outsources production of its classic models to, so each Carbon Edition is included in the Shelby Registry.
Classic Recreations makes 25 samples of the Carbon Edition Shelby GT500CR, and the price starts at $ 298,000 before counting options. It costs more than a Lamborghini Huracán Evo and almost as much as a Rolls-Royce Ghost. That figure includes the cost of shipping the car to Shelby’s headquarters near the Las Vegas airport, a one-night stay at a luxury hotel, a private tour of Shelby’s facility, and a gift package. Classic Recreations also noted that it will make a meaningful donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation on behalf of the owner.
Several extras are available, including a touchscreen-based infotainment system with navigation and an improved sound system. Drivers requiring a metric instrument panel will have to pay an additional $ 500, and those who want a right-hand drive car will have to add $ 12,500 to the profit.