Back in 1967, Carroll Shelby took the 427 cubic inch racing engine from the GT40 that produced 650hp and wedged it under the hood of the iconic “Eleanor” body style Fastback GT500 Mustang. He called it the Super Snake and it was wicked fast, especially for the period. Shelby himself got behind the wheel and proved that it could reach speeds as high as 170mph, in 1967 mind you.
It would seem as if a car like that would sell itself, however, only the one prototype that Shelby drove was built due to a lack of interest. That very same prototype was sold at a Mecum Auction in 2013 for $1.3 million. So here we are, 50 years later and the “Super Snake” moniker lives on, and to celebrate the anniversary Ford Performance and Shelby American have teamed up once again to produce a limited run Super Snake using the 2017 Mustang.
Shelby American is offering a few choices on the trim level of the Super Snake ranging from 670-750hp. We’re going to focus mainly on the top one because obviously it’s the most powerful, but also that’s the one all of the published performance specs are based on. They start with the Mustang GT 5.0 and add your choice of Whipple or Kenne Bell supercharger that ends up pushing out 750hp. Shelby claims that when fitted with the automatic transmission it will hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and continue on to run a 10.9 second quarter mile. That puts it into the realm of the Corvette Z06, McLaren 570S, and only 1/10 of a second behind the new Acura NSX, new Ford GT, and Ferrari F12tdf. Wow!
It’s not only fast in a straight line either, it’s supposedly handles like a dream too. Shelby American and Ford are distinctly highlighting that the Super Snake will pull 1.2g on the skid pad thanks to upgraded anti-roll bars, dampers, springs, and bushings. When you have that much power under the hood, you need equally powerful brakes to stop it. For that, they used six-piston Wilwood calipers up front and four pistons in the rear. The cooling systems for the brakes and engine were also upgraded to handle the additional stress.
To complete the package they added in a few cosmetic changes such as a new hood, grilles, front splitter, rear spoiler, tail panel, rear diffuser, lower rear splitter and rocker panels. The Super Snake also gets the iconic striping on top and down the sides with proper Shelby Super Snake branding. If you’re looking for additional upgrades you have access to the entire Ford Performance catalog, and if you’re willing to pay for it, they’ll do it.
Speaking of the cost, a 750hp supercharged Mustang that on paper is capable of running with some of the fastest supercars on the planet is going to cost an arm and a leg, right? Surprisingly no. If you think the 670hp package is plenty then you’re looking at just over $70,000. If 750hp sounds more like your style then it’s only and additional $6,500. And that includes the price of the donor Mustang GT. If you already have the Mustang, you can buy the Super Snake package for $36,795 and Shelby will install it for you. That also includes a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty from Shelby. However, there is a downside to this, only 500 Super Snake cars will be built. But for the lucky people that get a chance to own one, it’s more powerful and lighter than a Hellcat so it sounds like it’s going to be a special car.
It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the new Yenko Corvette. Wouldn’t that be cool to see the Yenko/Shelby rivalry start back up? One thing’s for sure, Carroll would be proud to have his name on this latest Super Snake.
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