Having made its debut earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, the 2013 Shelby Raptor has now raised the bar for all off-road trucks. Shelby American has worked alongside Ford for years, taking some of their more powerful vehicles and turning them into creations like the 1,200-horsepower Shelby 1000, the Shelby Super Snake GT500 and most recently a Shelby Raptor F-150. The Las Vegas based Company turned at 2013 Ford SVT Raptor into a 575-horsepower off-road beast. This collectible truck is designed inside and out with “Shelby Style.”
Carroll Shelby has long been an icon in the automotive world. While he began his career in racing, health issues took him out of a racecar and into a drawing room to design some of the most powerful and most recognized vehicles of our time. “As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Carroll connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity.” While Shelby passed away a few years ago, his legacy carries on in the work done at Shelby American.
The birth of the Shelby Raptor
The transformation from the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the Shelby Raptor all began under the hood. Shelby American mounted a 2.9-liter Whipple Supercharger and intercooler to the massive 6.2-liter V8 engine the Raptor comes equipped with, followed by a Shelby Borla Exhaust system. This took the stock 411 horsepower and cranked it up to an impressive 575 HP. “Aerodynamically speaking, the Raptor was engineered for maximum performance,” said Gary Patterson, vice president of operations. “We spent our efforts improving the power, cooling and handling systems because every Shelby is built to excel under even the most extreme conditions.”
Shelby American did not stop with just the mechanical modifications, the transformation is inside and outside. The exterior changes include an entire suspension upgrade that makes the Shelby Raptor stay connected to any surface with a set of massive 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires. All upgrades are nicely complimented by a custom Shelby Katzkin leather interior, wrapped up to go with Shelby graphics and styling, and topped off with an exclusive Shelby Registry number and badge. For more information about the Shelby legacy and all the vehicles it can transform, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.
What does 2014 hold for the SVT Raptor?
Recently, the Texas Auto Writers Association 2013 Texas Truck Rodeo was held near San Antonio, Texas. On hand was a brand-new 2014 Ford SVT Raptor ready to leave its competitors in the dirt, or in this case, the mud. Unfortunately, the weather was not as cooperative as they wanted it to be, but even after several days of much needed rain, the 2014 Raptor took the courses as if it was traveling down asphalt pavement. While many of its competitors could not handle the ruts, rocks and other hazards the rain caused, the 2014 SVT Raptor came out on top and took home the title of the Off-Road Truck of Texas for 2013. While the 2014 Ford SVT Raptor is just starting to become available, you can be sure that in no time, Shelby American will be offering an upgrade package to turn it into a Shelby-created beast as well.
Where to find your Texas sized truck
If you are in the market for a new full size pick up, Sames Ford has you covered. With a great selection of new and pre-owned F-150s and F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups to choose from, you are sure to find one to fit your budget, your job or your hobbies. Sames Ford also offers a complete lineup of new Ford cars and SUVs plus many other certified pre-owned and used vehicles to choose from. We invite you to visit us today at 4721 Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, Texas and let us help you find your perfect Ford car, truck or SUV for your Texas lifestyle.