Carroll Shelby Partners With Ford Motor Company

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Carroll Shelby International, Inc. has announced that Carroll Shelby, its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has once again partnered with the Ford Motor Company to offer his expertise to Ford Performance Group in a project to jointly develop specialty niche performance products.

Like the performance oriented Shelby Fords developed in collaboration more than 40 years ago, Ford's upcoming line-up of Shelby-influenced performance cars will offer discerning enthusiasts and consumers everything they've come to expect from a Shelby vehicle -- higher performance, better handling and unique, dynamic designs.

"Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with several manufacturers in the development of some great automobiles," says Shelby. "But my energy and passion for performance products has always been at its peak when it involved a Ford Motor Company vehicle. I couldn't be more proud to have another opportunity to recreate history."

In the 1960s Carroll Shelby and Ford worked together on both racing and production vehicle programmes, from the original Ford-powered Shelby Cobra to the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 racing cars and the Shelby GT350 and GT500 Mustangs that kick-started the pony car craze. It was a decade of performance punctuated by Ford muscle and Shelby's engineering prowess.

Carroll Shelby, still a dominant force in the automotive industry at age 80, has recently been serving as a senior technical advisor to Ford's team developing the new Ford GT supercar, providing design and engineering support.

Published 21 September 2003 MAC

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