To celebrate Ford's return to endurance racing, we drive continuation cars of the Shelby Cobra MKIII, Daytona Coupe, and the GT40 MKII from Superformance.
Shelby Daytona Coupe
Shelby American has publicly unveiled the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe during Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival in Monterey. Limited to just 50 examples, the continuation series is available in an aluminum body or less expensive fiberglass version with more amenities.
Shelby American announced the build of 50 continuation Daytona Coupes to celebrate winning the FIA World Championship in 1965.
Xcar Films went to Pebble Beach and gave Renovo Motors CEO Christopher Heiser a platform to talk about his new electric supercar based on the Shelby Daytona Coupe. The relevant nuggets: 500 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque from direct-drive twin sequential axial flux motors powered by a lithium-ion battery, 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds, top speed over 120 mph, 2,500 pounds, $529,000 to purchase.
The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is one of those classic cars that has managed to stand the test of time, likely due in part to both its racing success, helping the charismatic Carroll Shelby defeat Ferrari with Ford-powered Anglo-American machines of his company's own design, and its stunning good looks. And, while Shelby is the name history recalls most fondly, the man behind the Daytona Coupe's slippery bodywork was Pete Brock, who had previously drawn up the design of the seminal Corvette Stin
The Shelby Daytona Coupe was the first American car ever to win the FIA World Sportscar Championship, and it won back-to-back class victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring. As the car celebrates its 50th birthday this year, it has another honor to add to its list of accolades. The first vehicle to be placed on the National Historic Vehicle Register is 1964 Daytona Coupe serial number CSX2287, the prototype the rest of models were based on.
2010 Superformance Shelby Daytona Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery