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It's Just A Shelby Truck

Shelby American CEO Gary Patterson says that the firm may not exist if it did not produce pickup trucks. Shelby American isn't the only one who has realized this. It was the Cayenne SUV, and subsequently the Panamera sedan, that allowed Porsche to continue producing 911s, Boxsters, and Caymans, as well as return to Le Mans, and it seems that all of the world's sports and luxury car manufacturers are adding SUVs to their lineups. If you take the Shelby American tour, you won't see many pickups on the lifts where the cars and trucks are made, but that's because the majority of the trucks are manufactured in a second Shelby American production plant in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to the Shelby American manufacturing site in Austria, there are Shelby modification shops in South Africa, France, England, China, and Dubai as the firm develops globally.

Though the Ford Mustang became a sales phenomenon when it was introduced in April 1964, it was really a Ford Falcon budget vehicle, not a sports car. When Ford chose to race the Mustang, something had to give. Shelby began by removing the backseat to make the Mustang a two-seater in order to prepare it for participation in the SCCA's B Production class. Then he raided Ford's parts closet for a close-ratio Borg-Warner four-speed manual gearbox, 11-inch front disc brakes from a station wagon, huge rear drum brakes from a station wagon, and a Detroit Locker rear differential.

Those are very big comments, especially given the tight rivalry in the field of high-horsepower trucks. The off-road Ram TRX comes standard with 702 horsepower. Saleen has a 700-hp previous-generation Ford F-150 sport truck, while Hennessey has an 800-hp Goliath Silverado. Whereas the original Ram and upfitted GM trucks receive plenty of power from supercharged 6.2-liter V-8s, Shelby (and Saleen) gets it from the F-150's comparatively small-displacement 5.0-liter V-8. Shelby really entered the high-horsepower ring on another occasion. In addition to its four-door Super Snake and two-door Super Snake Sport high-performance street trucks, Shelby offers a modestly raised 2021 Shelby F-150 with a 775-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. A Shelby Raptor (second-gen, not the new 2021 Raptor) rounds off the current Shelby Ford truck lineup, producing a good 525 horsepower from Ford's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. Meanwhile, the Shelby F-250 Super Baja keeps Ford's standard 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine with no modifications from the renowned tuning business.

Ford produced the Maverick to boost its inexpensive choices, and in the process, it built an appealing vehicle. It comes standard as a hybrid, with a combined 191 horsepower and excellent fuel efficiency. The more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, though, generates the actual power, producing 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet. Although Ford does not provide an official 0-60 time for this vehicle, independent testing indicates that it should take roughly 6.3 seconds. 6.3 seconds from 0-60 (est.)

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