Since Carroll Shelby did his voodoo magic on his version of the Ford Mustang in 1965, the GT350, the world fell in love. Now 50 years later, the 2015 Shelby Mustang GT350 is getting some new voodoo, in the form of a new Voodoo V8 engine.
The Voodoo V8 pops 500-plus horsepower under the hood of the Mustang looks to be set to wow the fans of the Shelby moniker. The 2015 Voodoo powered Shelby should curb the power hungry Mustang fans with the V8 super power plant.
The car was unveiled in Los Angeles at last months LA Auto Show. It appeared at the show that the new Shelby GT350 is the answer to the concerns that many Ford fans have had about the brand going soft in the muscle car world. The car sports a new splitter that is built into the front bumper, along with huge wheels, box flares, the standard Shelby racing stripes and the familiar grille-mounted Shelby badge. The badge alone tells people that there is something special about the car.
So far the new specs of the car have not been announced, but the car maker has released a video that goes into detail on the Voodoo engine from the boldly displayed cold air intake, to a number of other gearhead tickling additions. The initial look at the car shows that Mustang and Shelby fans alike should be in heaven.
The wait to learn more about the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Voodoo will not be much longer. The Blue Oval carmaker has yet to officially announce a release date, but they will auction off the very first 2015 GT350 built. All proceeds from that auction will go to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and is expected to far exceed the list price. The first 2015 Mustang sold through the same charity and reached $300,000, so the first 2015 Shelby will likely exceed that price.
The auction is expected to go much higher, due to the fact that the Shelby is a special car. It will be the first of the Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary. In 1964, Carroll Shelby and Ford introduced the first Shelby GT350 as a high performance version of the popular Mustang. Dealers sold the original cars from 1965 to 1970. The Shelby GT350 quickly became one of the most popular cars in the world. The GT350 became an instant classic and was easily recognizable with the racing stripes and Shelby Cobra badge on the grille.
A stock Mustang is likely enough of a car for most drivers, with either the new EcoBoost 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder power plant or the high-power V8 engine. There are a number of different trim levels and will eventually be a drop top version of the car that most will find a Mustang perfect for the, However, the GT350 is a special car, and a very powerful one that may not be for everyone.
There is a lot of excitement about the Voodoo engine going into the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Ford is hoping to have another hit on there hands with the 50th anniversary edition and expectations indicate the cars will not last long once they hit the showroom floors.
By Carl Auer