CLASSIC RECREATIONS ANNOUNCES CARBON FIBER BODIED CSX SERIES SHELBY COBRA RACE CAR
The revolutionary all-carbon fiber body weighs in at only 88 pounds, including the floors and doors, and is dubbed the “Diamond Edition” in honor of Shelby American’s 60th anniversary
DALLAS, TX (February 16, 2021) – Classic Recreations, the iconic builder of high-performance custom vehicles, including Shelby GT500CR continuation cars, has announced its latest innovation – an authentic, officially licensed 1965 carbon fiber bodied CSX Shelby Cobra race car. As the most recent achievement to emerge from Classic Recreations, the full carbon fiber body is an extension of Carroll Shelby’s vision and follows the company’s wildly received 1967 carbon fiber bodied GT500CR Mustang which was released in early 2021. Only 10 of the new Shelby Cobra race cars, dubbed the “Diamond Edition” in honor of Shelby American’s 60th anniversary, will be produced. Granted unique CSX serial numbering, CSX4521 through CSX4530, by Shelby Licensing, each will feature a specially designed custom diamond encrusted badge, feature Carroll Shelby’s commemorative signature on the dashboard and be sold as a completed race car.
“What Classic Recreations has achieved with their carbon fiber program is the continuation of a dream Carroll Shelby himself envisioned for the future,” said Shelby American President Gary Patterson. Similar sentiments were expressed by Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. Neil Cummings, saying “Classic Recreation’s has been a licensee of Carroll Shelby Licensing for over 15 years and each year they continue to innovate and push the envelope just like Carroll did himself.”
The Cobra body has been completely engineered in autoclave-cured carbon fiber including the floor and doors, allowing it to achieve a staggering mere 88 pounds of body weight. This innovation meets performance with a custom designed, geometrically correct chassis and suspension designed by Jason Engel, founder and Vice President of Design and Engineering of Classic Recreations. This extremely lightweight Cobra is a force to be reckoned with due to its power-to-weight ratio and improved geometry. The iconic Cobra not only has been infused with modern engineering but was reimagined to include updated technology and more comfort, like an extended cabin for extra legroom to further enhance the driver experience.
“Carroll Shelby taught me the significance of pushing the envelope through innovation and passion,” said Jason Engel. “A dream of Carroll’s was always to place the highest horsepower engine possible in the lightest, most agile car imaginable and it is our honor to have met that challenge.”
The Cobra will be built and assembled by an elite team of designers and technicians under a new division of Classic Recreations, focused solely on research and development. The new Shelby Cobra race car is engineered to mate with a Ford Performance Gen 3 Coyote engine, producing over 800 horsepower when combined with the optional VMP Supercharger. The vehicle features independent rear suspension, a T56 Magnum Tremec transmission, and Wilwood 6-piston brakes, front and rear. Designed without a tubular chassis on purpose, the team wanted to ensure the Cobra was built for strength and could rival current supercars in weight and horsepower. Built to handle like a modern vehicle, the “Diamond Edition” carbon fiber Cobra Race Car produced entirely in the United States and will be sold for $1.2 million dollars.
For more information on Classic Recreations’ officially licensed 1965 carbon fiber Cobra continuation race cars or any of its other cars or services and vehicles, visit Classic-Recreations.com or call (877) 235-3266.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of Blue Oval Muscle Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.