Shelby bringing two exclusive new vehicles to Detroit, including an “ultimate” Super Snake image

Although Carroll Shelby is no longer with us, his name continues to live on in the automotive spotlight.

The company he founded will showcase at the 2013 North American International Auto Show two exclusive new vehicles. “2013 is going to be an exciting time at Shelby American. We have lots of new things coming your way,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American vice president of operations, on the company website.

The company continues to follow the late Carroll Shelby’s wishes, as Patterson reveals. “While I can’t talk about any Detroit details now, I will quote Carroll from last year. ‘I think you’re going to see the industry going completely to small engines with turbochargers. That’s the only way you can get the mileage that the government is going to be demanding.’ ”

This could mean the two vehicles will feature modifications to Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged engines in order to provide a combination of power and fuel economy to meet regulations.

Patterson also promised fans an ultimate Super Snake. “We have a wide body option on the 2013 Super Snake – a concept you’ll be able to see at the Detroit auto show in January. This will allow you to put a lot of tire on the car, allowing you to put a 345 or even a 355 wide tire on the back,” he said.