When you hear the Shelby name, the first person who comes to mind is likely Carroll, father of the Cobra, racing legend, and a man still involved in the development of performance Fords at nearly 90 years of age.

You probably don't think of Jerod Shelby, even though his company, Shelby SuperCars, has for years been building cars that compete for the title of world's fastest. His latest creation, the Tuatara, might steal the title back from the Bugatti Veyron, but in the meantime has proven to be very popular in the Middle East.

Problem is, the automotive world isn't big enough for two companies named after a Shelby, and so it has come to pass that Jerod's company will change its name from Shelby SuperCars to SSC North America. The switcheroo is reportedly a result of a settlement with Carroll Shelby Licensing and Carroll Shelby International.

With that behind him, hopefully Jerod can get back to the Veyron-beating business. His company has also just broken ground on the new 36,000-square-foot world headquarters and production facility in West Richland, Washington we reported on a few months back.


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      Ben Hayat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a lot of respect for Jerod. Reading his Bio, for his age, he is a person with a lot of accomplishments... Unlike many who say "We are doing this or that..", he does it first, sets the record, then shows up with product. All best to you Jerod!!!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ben Hayat
        Yeah, no crazy bragging, started off hammering away a few Diablo replicas, then almost out of nowhere, this rather derived looking supercar stretches its legs on a bit of closed off highway and positively devours the top speed record from the VW-backed engineer's wet dream. No crazy claims, the only thing needed is to show the plaque from Guinness World Records with the title "World's fastest production car".
      Farris Khayyat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought they had been going by SSC for a couple years now. Every press release I've seen from them has said SSC on it instead of ShelbySuperCars, anyway. Definitely looking forward to the new manufacturing facility that they broke ground on a couple weeks ago!
      boxermomz
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOVE that Jerod brought some jobs into the American economy.
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those supercars are built BY HAND right here in the Tri Cities of southeastern Washington state, and they are BEAUTIFUL rolling works of art, capable of terrifying speeds.
      whdlsn
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like an Italian super car, the "Mafia-Lasagna V12 GT". I like it!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whdlsn
        Well it was designed by a person who has Italian influence. Jason Castriota designed the Maserati Bridcage, Maserati Gran Turismo, Bertone Mantide, and the Ferrari P4/5.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Lets not mention the Bertone Mantide..... just pretend it never happened.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Please don't act like you're speaking for everyone. I'm a fan of the Mantide.
      Tina
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous!
      JAMES R. FANYO
      • 3 Years Ago
      isn't it better having a job than NO job at all?
      joynerz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see a lot of air drag in the nose of the car. Is this a compromise of styling and speed?
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish that old ruin Shelby would just go away, forever. If that happens maybe we can get back to SVT branded Cobras that don't cost $20k more just for some old geezer that did something in the 60s to put his name on it. He hasn't done anything worth mentioning in several decades other than sue people.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        He hasn't? So being a consultant on the 2007 GT500 and the GT500s after that, isn't worth mentioning? I mean, 500hp coming from a pony car during those days was pretty crazy. It was a HUGE jump in power from the Terminator. It was actually his idea that it come with 500hp. SVT wanted 430-450hp.
          zcapitalism
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          jason....about 2 years ago while at taladega my dad was with jack roush and his son in the garages.Shelby sent jack a shelby mustang.Jack had his nascar crew,ONE OF THEM work on the shelby and they got another 100 hp out of the car.My dad and jack were doing burnouts in the thing before the race.Mr Shelby is a good man,his ideas are great ideas and his name is worth the 20 grand it will cost to get something with his name on it.
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          He's meaningless now except for the 20k extra his name costs. Consultant?!?!? He signed every car part put in front of him, that's it. Done nothing in a decade. And that's fine. But it's time to move on. Fords GT500 kills the shelby version for about 20k less, without the played-out signature EVERYWHERE! Shelby was bad-ass, no more. Steve McQueen isn't bad-ass anymore either, he's dead. Time moves on.
          Jimmy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          "Shelby was bad-ass, no more. Steve McQueen isn't bad-ass anymore either, he's dead. Time moves on. " Jason, you are an idiot.
        Larry Berglof
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        You can certainly tell when you're reading something from some snot nosed punk who has no sense of, or respect for, history and the men who made it.
      buckhorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone knows Carroll isn't going to waste anymore money on super cars when he can charge $100K for a Mustang with a body kit and 20 Shelby logos.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Darn I was all excited that they are going to change the name of the car from Tworatatada to something better........ Just company name :p
      rkeeeballs
      • 3 Years Ago
      What insect did they use for styling cue ?....lol
        VVhistler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rkeeeballs
        Oddly enough, a Tuatara is a spiny lizard in New Zealand. I'd bet that's what they used. It's just unfortunate about that first syllable, heh.
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