For those unfamiliar, Classic Recreations specializes in building "continuation" examples of the original Shelby Mustang. CR's products are essentially replicas of the 60s-era muscle cars that are fully licensed by the Shelby organization. The recreation pony cars typically come with a V8 engine, based on either the Coyote or Windsor block and tuned to deliver between 420 and 1,000 horsepower. But now the company is offering a lighter-weight, more efficient alternative.
Classic Recreations will now outfit your 1966-style GT350CR or '67-style GT500CR with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. Producing 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, it's the same engine you'd find in the F-150 or Expedition. But the company will also tune it up to 600 hp to more closely resemble the powerplant in the new Ford GT. Combine that with a flat torque curve and less mass in the nose and the turbo Shelby emerges as a compelling option.
For the Chinese market, the company is also offering the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four from the Focus ST. Only instead of 252 hp and 270 lb-ft, Classic Recreations has tuned the engine to deliver 300 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque... from an engine weighing only 300 pounds. That's only a little less power but a fair bit more torque than you can get in the new EcoBoost Mustang, and with classic styling to boot.
Oklahoma-based coachbuilder will offer the twin turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR models worldwide and the 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder to the Chinese market.
Yukon, Okla. (December, 2015) – Classic Recreations, the only licensed and factory authorized builder of Shelby Mustang continuation cars, is pleased to announce the addition of Ford's powerful EcoBoost engines to the lineup of powertrains for its 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR Shelby Mustangs. Ford's EcoBoost engines represent an incredible leap forward in power, performance and efficiency for driving-focused customers and those in locations where fuel costs or displacement taxes make the V8 engine prohibitively expensive.
The 3.5L twin turbocharged V6 EcoBoost comes from the factory with 365 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque, thanks to high pressure direct fuel injection, variable cam timing, forged internals and dual water cooled Honeywell/Garrett GT15 turbochargers. Thanks to all-aluminum construction, the engine offers a substantial weight reduction compared to the iron-block V8 originally equipped in the car. The combination of a virtually flat torque curve and light weight along with the modern suspension options will make this one of the best handling muscle cars ever made. For those seeking more power, the 3.5 can be tuned and equipped with larger turbos to produce over 600 horsepower while maintaining reliability.
"For years we have proudly hand-built the only officially licensed Shelby Mustang continuation cars in the world, but that doesn't mean we are stuck in the past," said Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel. "Our clients come from all over the world and they expect the very best – they want the looks of a classic Shelby, with the performance and reliability of a modern sports car. We can now give customers who want a lightweight but extremely smooth and powerful vehicle the 3.5L option, which is similar to the powertrain the upcoming Ford GT, and we now have an excellent option for our Chinese customers with the EcoBoost 2.0L. It's powerful, light and can be serviced at any Ford dealer worldwide."
Classic Recreations will offer the 300hp, 2.0 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that has become extremely popular in the Ford Focus ST to customers in the Chinese market, where imported vehicles are subject to strict engine displacement taxes and regulation. After an ECU tune for premium fuel, the engine is rated at 300 horsepower and 360 lb/ft of torque, thanks to Ti-VCT twin independent variable camshaft timing, a Borg-Warner turbocharger that spins at speeds up to 195,000 rpm optimized to create peak torque between 2,000-4,000 rpm. This engine only weighs 300 lbs, giving it one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any engine ever offered in a classic Shelby.
"The Shelby Mustang continuation cars built by Classic Recreations are not only beautiful, high-quality cars, they hold true to Carroll Shelby's vision of packaging the latest Ford performance engines in the iconic Mustang platform," said Neil Cummings, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. "Jason and his team have continuously produced beautiful Shelby continuation cars over the years and we are proud to include them in the Shelby Registry."
Both EcoBoost models will be available with either standard or automatic transmissions, and the full line of V8 engines – including Coyote and Windsor models ranging from 420 to over 1,000 horsepower – will still be available as well.
About Classic Recreations
Classic Recreations founder Jason Engel, and his company's team of skilled technicians and craftsmen, have been modifying and custom fabricating high-performance vehicles for more than 15 years. Each built-to-order vehicle takes approximately four months (nearly 2,500 man hours) of painstaking assembly. Each Classic Recreations Mustang comes with an official Shelby serial number and is included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry. Find out more about how to get your own customized vehicle at www.classic-recreations.com