Shelby Series 2 Unveiled As A High-Performance Roadster Based On The Original Series 1

Shelby introduced the Series 1 roadster nearly two decades ago and the company has finally introduced a follow up called the Series 2.

Billed as a “major evolution” of the original model, the Series 2 is the result of a unique collaboration with Wingard Motorsports which bought the remaining Series 1 components from Shelby several years ago. Thanks to this partnership, the Series 2 will ride on the original aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis that underpinned the Series 1.

While the chassis will carryover, the Series 2 has been significantly improved as it will feature billet aluminum and carbon fiber components. These changes will enable the roadster to be more than 12% lighter than its predecessor.

Customers will be able to order the car with an aluminum, carbon fiber or titanium body. Regardless of which material is selected, all cars will come equipped with a cantilevered suspension and a high-performance braking system which features six-piston calipers at each wheel. Speaking of the latter, the car will ride on custom 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires.

A variety of different engines can be installed but the primary choices are a 427 Windsor or a 427 FE engine from the Carroll Shelby Engine Company. Shelby didn’t go into specifics but noted the Series 2 will support engines that produce more than 800 hp (596 kW / 811 PS).

That’s a major improvement over the Series 1 which had a 4.0-liter V8 engine which produced 320 hp (238 kW / 324 PS) in naturally aspirated guise. However, customers could also order a supercharged version of the engine which developed around 460 hp (343 kW / 466 PS).

The cars will be built to order and production will be limited to four units annually. Each will be sold in “component form” and can be finished by Wingard Motorsports.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Or a pimped out Miata.

  • Paul Webster

    What happened to the 6.0L Soho v-10?

  • donald seymour

    Count me out if that’s the interior.

    • Howstar

      Reminded me of the dog van from dumb and dumber

      • donald seymour

        Wow, that’s …kinda …kinda severe. Laugh out Loud.

  • eb110americana

    That original 4.0L was an extremely high-tech for the day version of Cadillac’s new DOHC 4.6L Northstar V8. It was sourced from the Oldsmobile Aurora, a connection the Series 1 also shared a showroom with, as certain Oldsmobile dealers were licensed to sell and service the model (although I never saw one personally). Later on, the supercharger was added to bolster HP numbers.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Few actually saw one. I can’t even remember one at any car shows.

  • Jay

    Like a movie it’s hard to beat the original.

  • john1168

    WOW! They didn’t change it at all… I loved this car when it first came out in the 90’s. I was disappointed that it didn’t have the concepts headlights back then and with todays technology, even more so. They didn’t even change the layout of the interior or the gauges! The interior is gawdy too and as much as I like the 427, it belongs in a 60’s Cobra, Daytona or GT40, not in a modern car. They should have used Fords DI 5.0 or flat plane 5.2 and supercharged or twin turbo’ed that. I’m glad they are using modern materials like billet aluminum, carbon fiber and (did I read this right?) an available titanium body??? That’s cool but they should have made other improvements to the headlights, tail lights, instrument cluster, center stack controls and door handles and window switches. Maybe this is all preliminary to see if anyone is interested in it…

  • WTF $350k for Carbon Fiber and $850k for Aluminium?? I thought Panoz was overcharging their Esperante continuation.

    • john1168

      I don’t remember how well this car did the first time around. I think it sold ok. But I have a feeling it’s not gonna do well at all the second time around. Not as is. Were those prices listed on Shelby’s website? For what you can get from the competition for those prices (if those prices are accurate) this car is just, frankly, no competition.

      • The price list was posted in another reputable automotive site, I don’t think I can post the link here.

        If I recalled the first time they were on sale, they aren’t that successful due to high price and the fact that it uses so many Oldsmobile parts and it turn off buyers. Then Shelby American went bankrupt and was sold, then the company bankrupt again and that allowed Caroll Shelby to buy his company back. He ask Tom Tjaarda to redesign Series 1 into Series 2 but as I said, the homologation issues meant the car never reach production and the car tooling and right were sold to Wingard Motorsport.

        • john1168

          No worries about the no link. I too remember when the series 1 came out that a lot of people were not happy with the relationship with Oldsmobile. I thought it was good because I liked that V8 engine Olds came out with. As other’s said here, it was pretty high tech for it’s time. But I guess Shelby purists weren’t happy. I thought it was a great modern interpretation of the Cobra back then.

          I’ll have to check out that Wingard Motorsports you mention. This is the first I’ve heard of them and I’d like to see what they have to offer.

          • Given originally Series 1 was supposed to be modern Cobra (Beside original Viper, in which Shelby at that time were involved in the development) I think it’s because not enough deep pocket buyer to buy it, Given that original Cobra was a hard to sell car in the period, it’s not surprising.

            Like I mentioned below they are maker of “modern” Cobra replica with modern suspension and engine, I don’t really see them in automotive publication bar some advertisement of their Cobra and FII Roadster (in essence, the Series 1).

  • Wingard Motorsports has been offering Cobra replica and Series 2 variant called FII Roadster their specialization is sort of “modernized” Cobra. They did bought Series 1 and 2 production rights after Shelby failed to bring Series 2 into the market due to homologation issues.

  • serge charles

    it looks home made

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Interior looks like a 1970s leather wingback chair had a one night stand with a 1990s Taurus SHO.

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