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Shelby American reveals two new models at auto show in Detroit

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(01/18/13) - For more than 50 years, the name Carroll Shelby has meant high-power, high performance cars. Shelby died last year, but the company he started is continuing to amaze visitors at the North American International Auto Show is Detroit.

Shelby is known for taking Ford Mustangs right from the factory and juicing them up. The company unveiled the 2013 Shelby GT 500 Super Snake Wide Body at the show. 

"The car brings 850 horsepower to the table," said Gary Patterson, Shelby American vice president of operations.

The Super Snake modifications add $40,000 to the cost of a new Mustang. Shelby says the optional wide body package isn't just a cosmetic change. It gives the Super Snake much more traction.

"The performance enthusiasts, whether it's a Shelby performance enthusiast or whatever brand it might be, they're never satisfied. They always want more," said John Luft, Shelby American president.

Shelby also sees another trend developing in the high performance industry.

"Shelby American is repeating history with the new 2013 Shelby Focus ST," Luft said.

The front-wheel drive Focus is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The suspension has been lowered. Redesigned wheels and tires improve grip.

"We limit this car to one of 500 for each model year. So this is a very limited edition performance Shelby Focus," Patterson said.

Shelby believes the souped-up Focus is the wave of the future.

"That clearly identifies a trend of smaller cubic inch, small liter motors, big power, turbocharging," Luft said.

Carroll Shelby may be dead, but his way of thinking lives on. The company has some wild plans for the future.

"We'll once again repeat history," Luft said.

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