Fans of Shelby's Series 1 sports car, launched in the late '90s, can look forward to a modern version based on the donor case of an original.
Unveiled on Thursday, the new car is called Series 2, and virtually every element of the Donor Series 1 has either been reworked or replaced to improve performance.
The Series 1 arrived in 1999 and has the honor of being the only car designed and developed from the ground up by Carroll Shelby. The plan was to use the car's aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis for a range of modern sports cars, which is why the first Series 1 was named, but financial problems meant the project never made progress. That was until a few years ago, when a company called Wingard Motorsports entered the scene.
Wingard purchased all remaining chassis and parts from Shelby Series 1
According to Shelby President Gary Patterson, the Series 2 is more than 12 percent lighter than the Series 1, which weighed about 2,850 pounds. Patterson said the Series 2 is also capable of supporting powertrains with more than 800 horsepower.
Shelby has developed the vehicle for his 427 FE block or Windsor block with a custom ZF five-speed transaxle. Other engine options may be supported and shoppers may also choose between multi-point seat belts and four- or six-point roll bars.
The Series 2 also has an internal boom design for the front and rear wheels, which minimizes the weight of the sprung wheel. Each hub has a 19-inch wheel wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and a powerful six-piston caliper.
As of June, Shelby will be offering Series 2 with only four cars a year this year. The cars are sold in component form and can be completed by Wingard. You get a one-year limited parts and labor warranty and a free weekend driving course at Spring Mountain Raceway near Las Vegas.