Introducing the Shelby 500 throwback project by Ultimate Audio
Words by DeAnne Deluna
Photography by William Stern
For more than 20 years, Ultimate Auto has been servicing the country’s car enthusiasts for all their customization needs. What started out as Ultimate Audio has transformed into a full customization shop that provides top quality service with unrivaled craftsmanship. Churning out customized masterpieces is what they’re known for, with a 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake as their latest work of art.
Commissioned by one of their VIP clients (they’ve already worked on his Jeep, Ferrari, Hummer, MINI Cooper, some muscle cars and more), Ultimate Auto saw a great opportunity to add some curves to the already heavily modified Super Snake. “Once we showed the owner some renderings of widebody possibilities, he gave us the car and let us go at it,” explains Joseph Labon, Ultimate Auto’s CEO. “We’ve been building a lot of widebody Dodge Challengers, Chevy Camaros and other one-off widebody’s so it wasn’t something new we were working with.
It’s a hot trend right now and my head fabricator, Zee Sidiqqi, has been building widebody cars for years now, even before the trend was as hot as it is now.” With free reign on the Super Snake, they went to work on creating one of the best representations of their work yet! The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 that went on sale in May 2012 was the most powerful Mustang with its 5.8L V8 supercharged engine that pushes out 662 hp with a claimed top speed of 202 mph. A few short months after the GT500 went on sale, Shelby announced the release of a limited edition Super Snake version at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas.
The more venomous iteration of the GT500 is also powered by a 5.8L V8 supercharged engine, but boasts a pavement-busting 850 bucking ponies under the hood. Its Borla cat back exhaust system alerts everyone of its massive horsepower. To stop all that power, the Super Snake is outfitted with a forged Shelby/Wilwood brake setup with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. The Super Snake’s transformation took 90 days to complete, which involved meticulous craftsmanship and hand-fabrication of the bodywork to ensure perfection.
The all-metal widebody includes upper bodyline, lower rocker extensions, and fender flares with bumpers widened to match with the custom front splitter, flared side skirts and molded rear diffuser. The upper bodyline comes out 1.5” beyond the stock panels, while the lower bodyline is exaggerated 4.5”. The fender flares extend 8” past the original lines to accommodate the massive Vellano Forged Wheels and Pirelli tire fitments. The rear spoiler was molded into the rear trunk lid and the side vents were molded to the rear quarter panels for a smooth and seamless look.
Besides its widebody feature, other unique attributes are the carbon fiber inlays inside the cabin and trunk, as well as a real carbon fiber inlaid stripe over the hood, roof and trunk that provide it with an even sportier demeanor. To make it stand out even more, Ultimate Auto used a Foose Butterscotch Pearl Orange color from BASF’s Glasurit paint line and accented it with a custom tungsten grey trim.
A truly custom set of Vellano VCX Concave forged wheels wrapped with Pirelli PZero tires were fitted on the Super Snake, adding to its already menacing presence. Extra wide 21”x10” front and 22”x12.5” rear wheels had to be built to match the widened fenders. “The custom wheels made by Vellano feature carbon fiber lips and a smoked brushed center that were created especially for this Super Snake by taking different design elements from their other wheel styles,” Labon says. “Vellano liked the design so much that they decided to use it as one of their offered wheel designs with our blessing. But they were originally meant to be a one-off design.”
Smoked tail lights and color-matched gas cap, license plate frame, emblems and logos to match round out the exterior modifications. Inside, they switched the stock seats with Shelby-Recaro power seats with black leather and matching orange stitching. Its high-fidelity stereo system features two trunk-mounted HD600/4 and two HD750/1 JL Audio amps in a custom carbon fiber-trimmed amp rack enclosure with two 8W7 JL Audio subs in a custom-vented bandpass enclosure.
“The stereo system was crafted by our audio department and features two JL Audio subs in the spare tire well with the sound ported into the rear deck of the car to create a great looking enclosure with plexiglass and carbon fiber finishes, which all combine for a great sounding system without the trunk rattle normally associated with loud subs,” Labon mentions. “The Audison/Hertz speakers and Bit One digital sound processor handle the vocals with the utmost clarity and control for a truly mind-blowing listening experience.”
Specifications Vehicle: Ford Shelby GT500
Engine: Shelby upgraded supercharger, Borla cat back exhaust system
Wheels & Tires: Vellano VCX Concave wheels featuring smoked brushed center and carbon fiber lips – 21×10 front, 22×12.5 rear, Pirelli P ZeroTires – 285/30R21 front, 335/25R22 rear
Bodywork: All-metal, hand-fabricated widebody, including upper body line, lower rocker extensions, and fender flares, Bumpers widened to match custom front splitter, flared side skirts, and molded rear diffuser, Rear window vents molded to body w/ carbon fiber inlays, custom real carbon fiber inlaid stripe over hood, roof, and trunk, Trunk spoiler molded to decklid, BASF Glasurit Paint, Foose Butterscotch Pearl Orange color.
Interior: Audison Thesis Bit One audio processor, Audison Thesis front speakers and tweeters 6.5”, Hertz Mille rear speakers 6.5” (Mille MLK2), (2) JL Audio 8W7 subwoofers in custom vented bandpass enclosure, (2) JL Audio HD 600/4 amplifiers, (2) JL Audio HD 750/1 amplifiers.