Shelby was commissioned to build a special GT500 powered by the same mighty 7.0-litre 427 engine instead of the Interceptor 428 unit under the hood of all other GT500s. With more power going to the road, Shelby modified the Super Snake with larger front brakes, a Detroit Locker (an automatic locking differential for more grip), traction bars as well as tall gear ratios to achieve a higher top speed. In Carroll’s hands the car achieved a top speed of 273 km/h, cementing it as the fastest car in its class. In Carroll’s own words looking back on that day “I told them that I wanted to build a vehicle that could blow the doors off of most anything on the planet.”
However, despite that car being one of the most definitive Mustangs of all time, the Super Snake moniker would lie dormant for 40 years, until being revived in 2007 with the far more modern Mustang. The Super Snake name and unmistakeable signature detailing now represents today’s most iconic-looking Mustangs on the road with the venomous bite to match.
“The name ‘Super Snake’ is legendary because the one that Shelby built was the pinnacle of muscle cars in 1967,” added Amy Boylan, president of Shelby Automobiles at the relaunch of the 40th Anniversary Edition Super Snake. “We’re bringing that concept forward 40 years for customers who own a Ford Shelby GT500. We’ll give their car amazing new capabilities.”
These capabilities continue to catch the eye of South African car enthusiasts with a deep fascination for Ford’s muscle cars. When FMCSA announced that it would bring the iconic Mustang in right-hand drive, Shelby SA immediately entered into discussions with Shelby American to give the iconic brand a platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. In June 2016, the first five cars were presented to the South African motoring public, and ever since it’s been possible to upgrade the Mustang’s standard performance, handling and cosmetics to those of a bonafide Shelby Super Snake.
“The Ford Mustang is already the most popular sports car in the world but there is a niche group of customers who want to experience Shelby’s pursuit to improve even further what Ford has perfected over the years. Having Shelby American represented in South Africa keeps the Shelby nameplate alive for current and future generations of local Mustang fans”, says Atloli Lesela, brand manager for passenger cars at FMCSA.
Based on the world-class Ford Mustang GT, the new supercharged Super Snake is equally capable on the road and the track, according to Shelby SA. “The new Super Snake is an exercise in subtle details, and features many first-to-market products,” explains Peter Lindenberg who heads up Shelby South Africa.