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U.S.A.:Ford, Shelby tighten knot, may collaborate on new car

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Ford and Carroll Shelby are taking the next step in a relationship that began with Shelby serving as an adviser on the Ford GT. Ford officials say the former partner-turned-adversary, who developed race cars for Ford in the 1960s, is back in the fold as part of a program to build a Ford/Shelby concept car in time for the 2004 Detroit auto show in January.

No one is talking about the concept or whether it might lead to a production car, but we hear rumors a Ford-backed Daytona Coupe offspring might be in the cards.

That, in turn, might explain why Shelby has been back in the news recently , fighting the importation of the Brock Coupe, a Superformance replica of Shelby’s Daytona of old.
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This is very, very, good news. There is a God.
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This could be pure gold. Give the man a big block and light chassis, lock him in a workshop for a while and see what he comes up with.
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XAHardtop, I like your thinking.
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Yes it is, I guess Ford is trying to go back to it's glory days. Frist the Ford GT "40", new Mustang for 2005 reminiscence of the 1960's models, now a partnership with Shelby. I guess the old saying is true, " When your down, the only to go is up".
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Ford and Carroll Shelby announce historic partnership to develop performance products

Ford has issued the following press release:

More than 41 years after their original agreement to produce performance cars began, Ford Motor Company and Carroll Shelby today announced the formation of a historic new partnership to "do it again."

Shelby, a former race car driver and creator of numerous collectable performance cars, will offer his expertise in partnership with the Ford Performance Group in the development of specialty niche performance products.

These performance products, like the Shelby Fords from more than 40 years ago, will offer performance-minded consumers more of everything – increased power, better handling and unique design.

"It would be an understatement to say that Shelby Fords from the 1960s are coveted classic automobiles," says Chris Theodore, Ford vice president, Advanced Product Creation. "Our new partnership with Carroll and his team will create modern-day, world-class performance products that are as potent and coveted as the Shelby Fords from 40 years ago."

Ford GT, the company’s Centennial supercar, is just one example of a Ford performance product that has benefited from the counsel and involvement of Shelby. Shelby, who turned 80 years old earlier this year, has been a senior technical advisor to the Ford GT team and has provided abundant support for the design and engineering of the product.

"Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with several manufacturers in the development of some great automobiles," says Carroll Shelby. "But my energy and passion for performance products has always been strongest when it involved a vehicle from the Ford Motor Company.

"When I look at Ford’s upcoming lineup of performance cars, including the Ford GT and next-generation Ford Mustang, I see countless opportunities to raise the performance bar even higher," Shelby added. "I couldn’t be more proud than I am today to have the opportunity to re-create history with the only automotive company that holds the key to my heart."

Throughout the 1960s, Shelby and Ford cooperated on numerous racing and performance-product programs, from the original Shelby Cobra to the Ford GT40 and the GT350 and GT500 Mustangs.

"Carroll Shelby is a legend in the field of performance automotive products," says Theodore. "We have known each other for a long time and share a passion to re-invigorate world-class American niche performance products from the Ford Motor Company. I cannot think of a better person to be partnering with on this endeavor than Carroll Shelby.
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Ford, designer Carroll Shelby to develop high-powered vehicles

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Ford Motor Co., the world's second- largest automaker by sales, will develop high-powered, low-volume vehicles with designer Carroll Shelby as the company seeks to bolster the image of its cars and trucks.

Shelby, 80, developed the Ford GT40 race car in the 1960s and served as an adviser for the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker's new GT sports car, which is based on the GT40. Terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.

"There's a lot of good ideas" for future models, Chris Theodore, vice president for advanced product creation, said in an interview. "They will definitely be performance products. We're not talking about 200,000 to 300,000 unit volume."

Ford has made three of the GTs this year and plans regular production of about 1,000 of the cars next year. The automaker has said the GT, which will sell for more than $100,000, will help the image of its Ford brand. The company's U.S. market share fell 1.4 points to 18.3 percent in July from a year earlier.

With models such as the GT, Ford may be targeting middle-age consumers with disposable income and "not necessarily aiming at young people," said Alan Baum, director of forecasting at auto- industry consulting firm Planning Edge in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
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Shelby back in the driver's seat at Ford

By Bill Vlasic / The Detroit News

DEARBORN -- In the 1960s, they took the world of auto racing by storm and injected high performance under the hoods of street-legal Mustangs and Cobras.

Together, Carroll Shelby and Ford Motor Co. ushered in an era of horsepower and speed that changed the stature of the American sports car forever.

Now, after more than 40 years apart, Shelby is back in the driver's seat again at Ford.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker has formed a "historic new partnership" with Shelby to develop specialty performance versions of its hottest new cars.

Shelby, 80, has been a technical adviser on the upcoming Ford GT supercar since last year. But his new contract with Ford could lead to a retro-renaissance of souped-up Mustangs to rival the best of the '60s.

"We're partners again," Shelby said in an interview. "What I want to do are those things I always wanted to do -- build sports cars."

Ford executives are almost in awe of the legendary Shelby, an East Texas chicken farmer who won the famed Le Mans 24-hour road race in 1959, then built a fleet of Ford race cars that beat Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche at their own game.

"The Shelby name is magic, and it seems magical that he is back at Ford," said Chris Theodore, Ford's vice president for advanced product creation. "There are a lot of opportunities to do some stunning cars."

The Shelby legacy was on display at this weekend's Dream Cruise on Woodward Avenue -- the Mustang GT-350 with its classic blue-and-white body, the big-block GT-500, the first Mustang Cobras christened in 1968.

Ford and Shelby declined comment on possible plans to create a brand-new Cobra based on the next-generation Mustang.

But Ford clearly sees Shelby's aura and experience as a valuable asset in shining up the tarnished image of its passenger-car lineup.

The first step is the low-slung, 500-horsepower GT, due out next year with a price tag of about $130,000.

Shelby, who also played a prominent role in developing the Dodge Viper for Chrysler Corp., knows how a halo car can breathe life into a brand.

"As far as I'm concerned, the Viper turned the future of Dodge around," he said. "The GT can do wonders for Ford."

Shelby still builds his own line of Cobras, and recently folded Los-Angeles-based Carroll Shelby International Inc. into the shell of a publicly traded company. He hopes to work with Ford to expand the marketing of his trademark merchandise and licenses.

"I'd like for my things to carry on long after I'm gone," he said.

Coming back to Ford is full circle for the tougher-than-

leather Texan who popped nitroglycerine tablets for his heart condition in the middle of the Le Mans endurance race.

His new arrangement with Ford reminded Shelby of his handshake deal 40 years ago with Lee Iacocca, then head of the Ford division, to turn the Mustang into a red-blooded, American sports car.

"I told Lee that I can build a car that will blow Corvette off the track for $25 million," Shelby said. "He gave it to me, probably to get me out of the office before I bit somebody."
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FORD AND SHELBY: PARTNERS AT THE FINISH LINE

It might shock many of today’s young racing hopefuls to learn that Carroll Shelby didn’t enter his first automobile race – a quarter-mile drag meet – until he was nearly 30 years old. What’s no surprise, of course, is that the hot rod Shelby drove to the finish line that day in 1952 was powered by a Ford V-8.

Shelby may have started late, but he was a winner from the beginning. Just two years into his driving career, Aston Martin’s racing manager, John Wyer, recruited him to co-drive a DB3 at Sebring. Within months, the chicken farmer from Texas was bumping elbows and trading paint with the likes of Juan-Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill and Paul Frère. He won Europe’s prestigious 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans in 1959, driving an Aston Martin DBR1 with Roy Salvadori.

Early in 1962 Shelby drove his second Ford-powered race car. It was the first mockup for the Cobra, Shelby’s now-legendary marriage of a lightweight British roadster body with a small-block Ford V-8. By January 1963, he had homologated the car under the FIA’s GT Group III class, and that month a Cobra won its first race, beating a field of Corvette Stingrays at Riverside, California.

In January 1965, Ford hired Shelby to lend his expertise to the GT40 campaign. Three cars had run the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, but none of them finished.

Shelby began work on installing the more reliable 7-liter stock-car engine in what would be known later as the GT40 Mark II. It proved to be considerably faster than the Mark I, and, although 1965 was another unsuccessful year at Le Mans, GT40 had become, in just two seasons, a strong contender.

Ford and Shelby tested the GT40 Mark II extensively – both in the wind tunnel and on a special dynamometer that simulated a 48-hour run of the Le Mans circuit. At the start of the 1966 season, GT40 began a four-year domination of endurance racing.

While Ford and Shelby took on Ferrari at Le Mans, they fought Corvette at home. The first effort was the legendary Shelby Cobra, a Ford-powered and Shelby-engineered derivative of the AC Ace. Production of the vehicle, which had a one-ton weight advantage over the Corvette, began in June 1962 and continued through March 1967.

The Shelby Mustang

In August 1964, Ford asked Carroll Shelby to develop a street-legal, high-performance Mustang to compete against the Corvette in SCCA B-production road racing. Shelby-American, Carroll Shelby’s Californian racing shop, completed its first Mustang GT350 by September.

The 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 was a fastback production model with a functional scoop in its fiberglass hood and 306 horsepower from the 289-cubic-inch V-8 underneath – an increase of 35 horsepower over the stock Ford engine. Suspension upgrades included a larger front stabilizer bar, Koni shocks and rear traction bars and race-ready features, such as competition safety belts, a large oil-pressure gauge, tachometer and a trunk-mounted battery. It sold for $4,000 and was instantly recognizable by its Wimbledon White paint and blue GT350 side stripes along the rocker panels.

For 1966, the GT350 was offered in white, red, black, green and blue, and Hertz purchased nearly 1,000 special 1966 GT350H weekend "rent-a-racer" models. In the 1967 model year, the Shelby Mustangs sported unique fiberglass bodywork that extended the front end with an aggressive dual scoop and finished the trunk lid with an integrated spoiler.

But most important in 1967 was the new GT500, a big-block version with 355 horsepower. More than 2,000 of those 428-cubic-inch Mustangs were delivered in the first model year.

1968 was the first year the name "Cobra" was officially used on a Shelby Mustang. That year, a convertible body style became available. Although the Shelby Cobra GT350 was essentially unchanged, later GT500s were powered by the new "Cobra Jet" 428 engine and thus became the GT500KR, for King of the Road.

For 1969, the penultimate year of the Shelby Mustang, the engine choices included the optional 351 Ram Air engine, and the bodywork incorporated a total of nine scoops – five on the hood, one at the front of each fender and one on each quarter panel. In 1970, with sales slowing, the final Shelby Mustangs built for 1969 were updated to 1970 specifications and sold, ending the famed run.

Key Moments in the History of Ford and Carroll Shelby

January 1952:
Carroll Shelby enters his first race at the wheel of a Ford-powered hot rod.

February 1962:
Shelby tests his first Ford-powered AC 260 Roadster – the car that would become the Shelby Cobra.

March 1962:
Shelby-American begins operations in Venice, California.

June 1962:
Cobra production begins.

August 1964:
Ford asks Shelby to develop a high-performance Mustang derivative.

September 1964:
First Shelby prototypes are built.

January 1965:
The 1965 Shelby GT350 is introduced.
Ford hires Shelby American to oversee the GT40 program.

November 1965:



Hertz begins buying GT350H versions for its "rent-a-racer" program.

June 1966:



Ford GT40 Mark II wins Le Mans.

November 1966:



First 1967 Shelby GT500s are delivered.

June 1967:



Ford and Shelby American again win Le Mans.

November 1967:



1968 Shelby Mustang convertibles debut.

November 1968:



1969 model-year production begins.

September 1969:



Shelby Mustang production ends.

February 1970:



Ford and Shelby end their long-term racing agreement.
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FORD AND CARROLL SHELBY ANNOUNCE HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS

More than 41 years after their original agreement to produce performance cars began, Ford Motor Company and Carroll Shelby today announced the formation of a historic new partnership to "do it again."

Shelby, a former race car driver and creator of numerous collectable performance cars, will offer his expertise in partnership with the Ford Performance Group in the development of specialty niche performance products.

These performance products, like the Shelby Fords from more than 40 years ago, will offer performance-minded consumers more of everything – increased power, better handling and unique design.

"It would be an understatement to say that Shelby Fords from the 1960s are coveted classic automobiles," says Chris Theodore, Ford vice president, Advanced Product Creation. "Our new partnership with Carroll and his team will create modern-day, world-class performance products that are as potent and coveted as the Shelby Fords from 40 years ago."

Ford GT, the company’s Centennial supercar, is just one example of a Ford performance product that has benefited from the counsel and involvement of Shelby. Shelby, who turned 80 years old earlier this year, has been a senior technical advisor to the Ford GT team and has provided abundant support for the design and engineering of the product.

"Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with several manufacturers in the development of some great automobiles," says Carroll Shelby. "But my energy and passion for performance products has always been strongest when it involved a vehicle from the Ford Motor Company.

"When I look at Ford’s upcoming lineup of performance cars, including the Ford GT and next-generation Ford Mustang, I see countless opportunities to raise the performance bar even higher," Shelby added. "I couldn’t be more proud than I am today to have the opportunity to re-create history with the only automotive company that holds the key to my heart."

Throughout the 1960s, Shelby and Ford cooperated on numerous racing and performance-product programs, from the original Shelby Cobra to the Ford GT40 and the GT350 and GT500 Mustangs.

"Carroll Shelby is a legend in the field of performance automotive products," says Theodore. "We have known each other for a long time and share a passion to re-invigorate world-class American niche performance products from the Ford Motor Company. I cannot think of a better person to be partnering with on this endeavor than Carroll Shelby.
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