Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

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Ford Shelby Cobra
Ford Shelby Cobra Concept, CIAutoShow 2010.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
DesignerAdvanced Product Creation
Carroll Shelby
Body and chassis
Body style2-door roadster
LayoutFR layout
RelatedShelby Cobra
Powertrain
Engine6.4L V10
Transmissionsix-speed manual
Dimensions
Curb weight3,075 lb (1,395 kg)
 
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Ford Shelby Cobra
Ford Shelby Cobra Concept, CIAutoShow 2010.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
DesignerAdvanced Product Creation
Carroll Shelby
Body and chassis
Body style2-door roadster
LayoutFR layout
RelatedShelby Cobra
Powertrain
Engine6.4L V10
Transmissionsix-speed manual
Dimensions
Curb weight3,075 lb (1,395 kg)

The Ford Shelby Cobra is a concept car that the Ford Motor Company unveiled at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The Shelby Cobra concept is a roadster based on the original AC Cobra that AC Cars developed in 1961.

Development and Design[edit]

Ford's Advanced Product Creation team designed and built the Shelby Cobra concept in five months. The project was led by Manfred Rumpel. Like several other Ford vehicles developed in the early 2000s (such as the Ford GT40 concept, the Ford GT and the fifth-generation Ford Mustang), the Shelby Cobra concept is a modern interpretation of an older vehicle.

In the case of the Shelby Cobra, the design is reminiscent of the AC Cobra MkI. The first Cobra featured a large, high-performance Ford Windsor engine inside a small roadster that AC Cars had modified at Shelby's request. Likewise, the Shelby Cobra concept car is small and minimalist, eschewing conveniences found in most modern cars (such as air conditioning, a radio, anti-lock brakes, and even windshield wipers). In a press release to announce the debut of the concept car in 2004, Shelby echoed the aim of the design team: "That's the formula [...] It's a massive motor in a tiny, lightweight car."[1]

Engine[edit]

The front of the Shelby Cobra concept.
The rear of the Shelby Cobra concept.

The Shelby Cobra concept car features an all-aluminium, V10 engine, displacing 6.4 litres. It is capable of producing 645 horsepower (481 kW) at 6,750rpm and 501 foot-pounds force (679 N·m) of torque at 5,500rpm, making the engine one of the most powerful built by Ford. The engine red-lines at 6,800 rpm, and Ford claims it is capable of reaching 267 miles per hour (430 km/h), though it is electronically limited to 100 mph (160 km/h).

The double-overhead-cam cylinder heads and cylinders are fed by port fuel injection and racing-derived velocity stacks that are just visible within the hood scoop. For a low hood line, the throttles are a slide-plate design. The lubrication system is the dry-sump type, which relocates oil from underneath the engine to a remote tank.

Chassis[edit]

The chassis for the Shelby Cobra concept car was based on an aluminium chassis used on the Ford GT production car, and modified to suit the concept car's front-mid engine placement. In fact, many parts of the GT were adapted for use in the Cobra, such as the suspension, several components of the frame, and the mounting brackets for the transmission (which is placed in the rear on the Cobra). Despite sharing large portions of its chassis with the Ford GT, the Shelby Cobra concept is almost 2 feet (0.61 m) shorter, with a wheelbase 7 inches (180 mm) shorter than the GT.

Body and Interior[edit]

Although the Shelby Cobra concept was aimed to reflect the design of the AC Cobra, the concept is dimensionally very different from the original. However, the design includes many common external features, such as a large grille opening, side vents, and large wheel arches. In line with Carroll Shelby's designs, the concept has a very minimalist look, which is continued in the interior. The concept omits many features common in modern cars, such as air conditioning and a radio. The placement of the transmission in the rear allowed for the driver and passenger seats to be placed closer together, adding to the compactness of the Cobra.

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