Classic Recreations Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Edition (7)

Classic Recreations revealed plans for the first ever carbon-bodied classic Mustang Shelby GT500 in 2020, and the Oklahoma-based custom muscle carmaker just over-delivered on the first example. 

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The inaugural "Carbon Edition" Shelby GT500CR fittingly debuted on February 2 in celebration of the date Carroll Shelby began making the first Shelby Cobra CSX2000, the pioneering roadster that mated an AC Ace body with a Ford V8. 

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Beginning with CR's existing 1967 GT500, Wisconsin's Speedkore Performance Group blue-light scanned its metal shell to produce a 3D digital model. A five-axis CNC machine then cut molds to be filled with aerospace-grade carbon fiber to create plugs and panels, which were cured in Speedkore's in-house autoclave. 

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In addition to a hypercar-light shell that reduces weight by 600 pounds, the “Carbon Edition” features exclusive badging, designated Shelby serial numbers. Underneath its BASF-coated, candy red-striped hood is a 2.9-liter Whipple-supercharged Ford 5.2-liter Coyote V8 engine  that sends 810 horses worth of snarling American power through a Ford 10R80 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

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Other notable hardware includes Detroit Speed suspension, JRI Coilover shocks, quadralink rear suspension, high-performance Wilwood brakes, roll bar, rack and pinion steering, and three-piece Forgeline wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Rivals rubber. 

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A badass black leather interior with red racing harnesses features an Alcantara headliner, Kicker audio system, Kenwood media center and navigation, ProCar leather seats and gnarly red-and-white Shelby custom gauges badged emblazoned with Shelby's  serpentine cobra logo. 

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You can commission a Shelby GT500CR Carbon Edition for $298,000, part of which will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation to provides medical assistance and educational opportunities for kids and young people. 

Classic Recreations Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Edition (1)

A standard carbon bodied GT500CR goes for $265,000. Visit Classic Recreations' website to learn more.