This Carbon-Fibre Shelby Mustang Churns Out 604kW

The car tip’s the scale at 272kg lighter than the stock GT500CR

By Bryan Hood 08/02/2021

The carbon-fibre muscle car is having a moment.

Classic Recreations has just unveiled a new 1967 Shelby GT500CR Mustang, its first to feature an entirely carbon-fibre body. The custom shop, which is responsible for all of Shelby’s officially licensed continuation cars, teamed up with Speedkore to design and fabricate the ultra-lightweight body.

The process is nothing if not high-tech: The shop bluelight-scanned the steel body of a 1967 GT500CR, ran it through CAD and then permanently enshrined it in plugs, which will be used to make future moulds. The resulting exterior is made up of autoclave-cured panels that form a blemish-free “exact-match replication” of a Vintage Shelby GT500—except this one weighs 272 kilograms less.

Classic Recreations Carbon-Fiber 1967 Shelby GT500CR Mustang

Classic Recreations Carbon-Fiber 1967 Shelby GT500CR Mustang Classic Recreations

The lighter body doesn’t come at the cost of power. Under that carbon-fibre hood is a third-generation Ford 5.2-lite Coyote engine with a 2.9-litre Whipple supercharger. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, it’s capable of churning out the 604kW horsepower and 813nm of torque. Other modern-day features include an adjustable Detroit Speed suspension, JRI Coilover shocks, quadralink rear suspension, high-performance Wilwood brakes, roll bar and rack and pinion steering. The muscle car also rides on three-piece wrapped in BFGoodrich Rivals tires.

“This first car in the production series demonstrates our ability to engineer and handcraft amazing cars by collaborating with key partners like SpeedKore,” Jason Engel, founder and co-owner at Classic Recreations, said in a statement. The carbon-fibre Shelby, Engel claimed, has a power-to-weight ratio “on par with most exotic vehicles.”

Classic Recreations

Classic Recreations

The lithe new GT500CR starts at around $345,000 and is available with several different drivetrain options. A limited-release Carbon Edition Shelby GT500CR, which features special badging and a Shelby serial number, starts at roughly $388,000 and can be upgraded to the customer’s preference. Ordering information is available through the shop’s website now.

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