Marcus De Guzman / Shelby American | May 18, 2018 15:10
Limited edition Shelby Series 2 blends modern tech, classic design anew
Remember when Shelby released the sleek and shiny Series 1? Well, Shelby decided it was now time to reveal its all-new successor. Yes you read that right, the company has officially revealed the Series 2.
Featuring an eerily similar design, the Series 2 is the result of the parternship between Shelby American and Wingard Motorsports. It gets a lighter, all-aluminum body, a beefed-up V8 powerplant and a revised suspension / braking system.
“Several years ago, Wingard Motorsports purchased the remaining Shelby Series 1 chassis and parts. Working with Shelby, founder Bob Wingard revised the car to reduce weight by maximizing the integration of billeted aluminum and carbon fiber components. He further refined the suspension, braking and drivetrain to allow an increase of more than twice the horsepower of the original car. The Series 2 is now more than 12% lighter and will support over 800 horsepower,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American.
Propelling the Series 2 is a choice between two V8s. There's the 427 cubic inch (7.0-liter) engine tuned by Shelby, and the 427 Windsor from Ford. Output ratings were not revealed although Shelby did mention that both engines are capable of supporting over 800 PS. Power is then sent to a five-speed ZF transaxle that is coupled to a multi-disc clutch system.
Built on the same aluminum honeycomb monocoque platform as the Series 1, the Series 2 promises to deliver the same level of handling. In fact, it uses the same cantilevered suspension design for the front and rear which minimizes sprung wheel weight. With the help of Penske Shocks from Charlotte, North Carolina, they were able to fine-tune the suspension to deliver the necessary road-holding capability.
Beside having a bespoke suspension setup, the Series 2 also comes with powerful six-piston brake calipers all around. Meanwhile, shod in the wheel wells are massive 19-inch alloys wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires. Other features / standard equipment that will be available in the Series 2 include: multi-point seat belts, four- or six-point roll bars and carbon fiber seats. The body itself can be brushed, polished or painted finish and will come with the signature Shelby racing stripes.
“While the Shelby Series 2 is based on the first-generation car, it’s a significant leap forward. It blends old school craftmanship and current technology, pushing the roadster into super car territory. It is the perfect car for collectors and enthusiasts globally who want the ultimate in exclusivity and to be completely engaged with the driving experience,” added Patterson.
Only four examples of the limited Series 2 will be made and all will come with a one-year warranty for parts / labor, as well as painted finishes. Each one will bear a Shelby American CSX5500 serial number which will be recorded in the official Shelby American Registry.