This 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 is modified with a Super Snake 600hp package. Purchased new in New York, the car was delivered to Tasca Automotive Group in Cranston, Rhode Island for a $30k Super Snake upgrade that included a 600hp Ford Racing supercharger, Baer 6-piston calipers, 3.73:1 gearing, Eibach suspension, and many cosmetic modifications. A receipt for the work, a certificate from Shelby, are included.
Exterior upgrades include a carbon fiber front fascia splitter, mirror covers, and rocker panels. A fiberglass Super Snake hood with pins was installed with aluminum hood grille inserts. Front and rear brake ducts were added along with side scoops, quarter window scoops, and matte-black striping. Badging includes Shelby deck lettering, and Super Snake emblems on the front grille and front fenders. Shelby Alcoa wheels measure 20×9” in front and 20×10” in rear.
Inside, SS-branded head rests, center console, aluminum map light, floor mats, sill plates, and dash plaque listing the CSM number are fitted. Carbon fiber-faced Autometer Carroll Shelby Signature gauges include a boost, fuel pressure, and oil pressure gauge mounted in a center cluster. A DVD-based navigation system and Sirius satellite radio were factory-installed.
Equipped with a 5.4L V8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, this example was factory-rated at 500hp when new. Horses were increased to 600hp with the addition of a Ford Racing Supercharger. Other upgrades include a short throw shifter, gearing ratio of 3.73:1, and a cold air intake.
Eibach sway bars and coil-over suspension was part of the SS suspension package. A Borla cat-back exhaust system is fitted.
Our Super Snake started its life as a wish of its current owner to buy a GT500KR. The challenges were many: market adjustments and limited color options being the biggest obstacles. After researching his options, he came to the conclusion that a Super Snake would cost roughly the same as a KR and provide a better solution to his desire for a fast, comfortable grand tourer to "bomb" up and down the streets of Newport, RI and Palm Beach Florida.
So, off he went in search of a GT500, and concurrently contacting Shelby North America to perform the conversion. Apparently, he was not the only one with the same idea and Shelby dutifully took his name and deposit and placed him on a year long list with promises of notification as to when to have his GT500 shipped to the factory for a 4-6 week turn-a-round...(there was a stipulation that he had to provide an actual VIN# in order to be placed on the list!?) He dutifully located a dealer in NY who he had a black GT500 and purchased the car for conversion.
Approximately one month into the "wait," Shelby made contact and explained that they were allowing Tasca Ford, RI, to help "lighten the demand" and asked if he would be interested. As the car was going to "summer" in Newport, without hesitation, the GT500 was delivered to Tasca.
Options were many, but mostly standard on the Super Snake package. He opted for the 600hp supercharger, and yellow brakes, as well as everything else; some installed, and some preserved for the next owner. With the addition of a removeable rollbar, (the owner installs in all of his roadcars for precautionary measures,) the car is how it came from Tasca, with only routine maintenance items being replaced Despite the owner having his own racing team, the Shelby Super Snake has never been tracked. The checkrboard painted roof is also the signature of its owner and his collection of road and race cars; it is in homage to the Cohiba Cigar!?
Suffice to say, the Shelby has been enjoyed! It would be a wonderful addition to any Ford collection where its next owner can drive and enjoy it as has been the case for the past 13 years.