Super Snakes, Oh My! We Checked out Shelby’s Las Vegas Operation If you miss the GT350 or want something other than the latest Ford Shelby GT500, you should check out Shelby American’s Las Vegas operation. The iconic name in performance makes special edition supercharged cars like Shelby Super Snakes on the premises. We toured the Las Vegas location to check out some of the latest Shelby’s and an interview with Shelby President Gary Patterson and Vice President of Operations Vince Laviollette.
What is Shelby Super Snake?
The Shelby Super Snake is a high-performance custom build that only Shelby American will produce for those who commission them. However, these cars are not your father’s Shelby GT; These are supercharged cruise missiles with massive horsepower. The S550-based Super Snakes says it produces nothing less than 825 horsepower. This is not easy. Shelby uses a Whipple-sourced supercharger on a to make that powerful.
Super Snakes, Oh My! We Checked out Shelby’s Las Vegas Operation
Can you order your very own Shelby Super Snake?
You can commission Super Snake yourself, and Shelby American will stick. That or you can keep your eyes peeled for a special edition Shelby. One such special edition of the Super Snake is the Shelby Super Snake Speedster, a one-of-a-kind tribute car from the Air Force Thunderbirds.
Vince Laviollette, Vice President of Operations for Shelby American, introduced us to the red, white, and blue monster. “We wanted to make two cars on the Air Force theme,” he told Motor Biscuit. However, the Wings of Pride isn’t just an expression of what Shelby can do with its supercharged V8 power and wide body mods; It is a charitable car.
“We’ve made two cars so far for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City,” LaViolette told us. This is no different from the rest; Team LaViolette and Team Shelby present the car in a charity sweepstakes.
What other special edition cars does Shelby produce?
Shelby currently manufactures several cars, trucks, and even a Ford Mustang Mach-E powered by Shelby. In addition to the Super Snake, Mustang fans can check out the “SE” versions of the . Furthermore, Shelby’s longstanding partnership with Hertz has resulted in the production of gold-trimmed Mustangs such as the Shelby GT500H and GT-H.
Special-edition vehicles like the GT500 “CODE RED” that rips the tires, says Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, sometimes sell out in a day. However, Shelby will undoubtedly produce newer and somewhat faster machines in the future. “Stay with us…we’re looking out of the windshield, not the rearview mirror,” Patterson told us. Be sure to subscribe to MotorBiscuit on YouTube to keep up with the latest behind-the-scenes automotive content!