High Performance: Ford F-150 Super Snake
At the premier high-performance automotive forum called the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Shelby American took the cover off their latest Ford creation. Achieving legendary prominence souping up the Ford Mustang, Shelby's focus expands to a pickup truck called the Ford F-150 Super Snake. Designed around the 2003-2008 F-150 pickup trucks equipped with the Triton V8 engine, the Super Snake offers performance and appropriate design enhancements. A compliment to the thrilling Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, the pickup truck variant is infused with the same spirit of the pony car.
The F-150 Super Snake is not the first truck given treatment by the company. Dodge had 1,500 Dakota pickups tailored by Shelby in 1989. Those limited edition vehicles were the first V8 powered Dodge Dakotas, 2 years before Dodge added the engine as a factory option. The Ford F-150 Super Snake does represents a first in 21 years and the first time for a Ford truck.
Ford F-150 Super Snake Exterior
The F-150 SuperCrew cab concept borrows considerable styling inspiration from the GT500 Super Snake. Wearing a large custom fiberglass hood, a cosmetically-pleasing hood scoop accentuates the sizable grille work which has been screened with black meshing. Maximizing the F-150's increased length over a Mustang's body, a single racing stripe runs near endlessly from the lowest part of the custom front fascia to the rear bumper. Addressing the truck bed, a unique hard cover is fabricated to accompany the 'muscle truck'?, featuring non-functioning scoops. Side striping along the roller panels and chrome Shelby Super Snake badging completes the dress up to the Ford F-150.
Enhancing the vehicle's aesthetic appeal as well as overall on-road handling, a sportier DJM Suspension drops the Ford F-150's ride height by 3 inches. Supplementing the two-prong effect of the lowered suspension, Pirelli Scorpion P tires and specially-designed 22 inch Alcoa Shelby wheels create an eye-catching low profile appearance. Beware that the Ford F-150 Super Snake will undoubtedly give up some off-road utility with these modifications.
Ford F-150 Super Snake Performance
Though power falls distantly short of the 630 horsepower starting point for the GT500 Super Snake, Shelby has allowed the F-150's 5.4-liter Triton V8 to awake with 475 horsepower thanks to a Whipple supercharger unit. Adding 175 horsepower using forced-air induction, estimates based on Whipple Industries testing concluded with 0-60 acceleration times of 5.8 seconds are normal (a 2.8 second improvement over the regular F-150 SuperCrew). On quarter-mile runs, tests showed the supercharged Triton V-8 powered F-150 blitzes 2.18 seconds quicker than stock at 14.24 seconds. These results are not specific to the F-150 Super Snake model but the comparison is close. Relying solely on the Ford F-150's 4-speed automatic transmission, the Super Snake edition pickup is a definite hauler.
As speed potential increases, Shelby is conscientious that sizable stopping power should be available to slow down the 4 ton-plus pickup truck. Cross-drilled, vented rotors and the forceful grip of brake pads on 6-piston brake calipers is just what the thundering Super Snake truck needs.
Ford F-150 Super Snake Interior
Climbing into the Ford F-150 Super Snake cabin, the interior appears relatively familiar to the stock counterpart. Decked out with leather seats set in a two-tone colour scheme, the front seat surfaces wear conspicuous Super Snake emblems and the embroidered signature of legendary company founder Carroll Shelby on the headrests. Authenticating itself to collectors, a Shelby CSM-numbered registration plate on the dash officially declares the F-150 Super Snake's linage.
With the Ford F-150 Super Snake built on the long-time best-selling truck in North America, there is no problem finding a suitable candidate for the Shelby conversion at a reasonable price. However, Shelby stated that they'll build only a few thousand F-150 Super Snakes for each model year from 2003 to 2008. A price has notÂ been listed for this Shelby Super Snake package yet but expect it to range within $20,000-30,000, less the cost of a Ford F-150.
Select photos via Shelby American, Inc.
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