Riding on the back of Mustang’s ongoing strong local sales performance, Cape Town-based Shelby South Africa has introduced a new concept in Ford’s legendary pony car’s 52-year history – the Wide Body.
Based on the Shelby Super Snake, the Wide Body conversion is aimed at increasing grip and handling of the supercharged 5.0 V8 Mustang, and includes new suspension, brakes, tyre and wheel equipment.
Shelby American has been pushing the performance envelope since 1962 and the Wide Body concept is designed to optimise the car’s performance.
The Super Snake already offers a fully-adjustable coil-over suspension system, bigger brakes, hardened wheel studs, stronger spindles and hubs as well as a more aggressive wheel and tyre package over other Mustang models. But the Wide Body upgrade stretches the rear track by 101.6 mm and the front by 63.5 mm which, together with uprated brakes and wider wheels and tyres, allows for later braking and earlier acceleration through corners.
The wider body kit adds new front fenders with vents, new rear quarter panels, and new rocker mouldings, all of which are bonded to the body shell – no drilling of the existing shell is necessary.