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  Shelby Cobra Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Ford Shelby Cobra concept marks the latest step in an exciting evolution of Ford concept vehicles, with an evocative design, bonafide performance credentials and - thanks to engineering as nimble and efficient as a sports car - a level of feasibility that is already close to production-level.

Like the 2002 Ford GT40 concept, the Ford Shelby Cobra draws on Ford's emotional and performance roots in a thoroughly modern interpretation that reinforces the company's product-led momentum. It takes its place with the 2005 Ford Mustang, Five Hundred sedan and Freestyle crossover in the 'Year of the Car,' the largest new-product barrage in Ford's history.

The Ford Shelby Cobra's design reinforces this mission, with minimalist interior and exterior elements that emphasize its performance-oriented function. Cues like the massive grille opening, side vents, low-back seats and bulging wheel arches establish an emotional connection with Carroll Shelby's original 1960s Cobras, but no dimensions or proportions are copied in this thoroughly modern two-seater.

The Ford Shelby Cobra concept team drew heavily on the Ford GT production car - especially the space frame and suspension - to maximize efficiencies. Although the cars have vastly different characters and different dimensions, smart engineering quickly adapted the rear-mid-engine Ford GT platform to this front-mid-engine application.

Inspired by the biggest, baddest Cobra of all - the renowned 427 - Ford engineers created a new aluminium-block V-10 to power the Ford Shelby Cobra concept. This 6.4-liter engine, adapted from Ford's MOD family, delivers the rush of raw power associated with that big 1960s V-8 monster - with 605 horsepower and 501 foot-pounds of torque - without the aid of supercharging or Turbocharging.

This combination of brute force and thorough engineering has created a rarity in the world of auto shows - a concept car that can actually do, rather than merely promise, zero to 60 in under four seconds, and would easily exceed 100 mph if not electronically limited. With show cars typically limited to a stately 15 mph or so, this fact points at the level of engineering packed into the Ford Shelby Cobra concept - and points to the authenticity that comes from working with Carroll Shelby once again.

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  Article Image gallery (18) Specifications