It’s one thing to have a chance to own a bit of history involving a Ford racetrack durability car. But throw in the fact that its background includes laps at the historic Sebring International Raceway, was developed by the Ford SVT team and Carroll Shelby, and was personally driven during said testing by Carroll himself and yowza – you’ve got yourself an epically awesome car!
Meet the one-of-one 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, which was built in 2007 and was one of the first Shelby GT500s to sport the new 2010 body. The 2013 GT500 is the most powerful production V-8 in the world, with a 5.8-liter engine that makes 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque! This prototype was run for 24 hours at top speeds of 150 mph at Sebring to ensure all systems function properly for customers who plan to replicate the activity.
The car will be auctioned at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Saturday, January 21, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sale will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). On the auction stage will be Ford President of The Americas, Mark Fields, and members of SVT. The event will be televised live on SPEED Channel.
“I raced on the Sebring International racetrack for many years, but my ambition was always to build my own car,” Carroll Shelby said. “It was exciting to be back to collaborate on this GT500 durability car with the SVT guys. I’m really proud to have my name on this car. They took my dreams of what a car should be and made it a reality.”
A full roll cage, six-point harness seatbelts and Recaro racing seats are among the car’s other attributes. Neat bonus: Each member of the SVT engineering team who worked on the 2013 Shelby GT500 signed the underside of the trunk lid.