It’s a fitting tribute to the man who epitomised the ‘muscle car’ that the ‘Friends of Carroll Shelby’ should produce an epic, jaw-droppingly grunty Shelby GT500 Cobra in the year of his passing.

The aptly named ‘Friends of Carroll Shelby’ includes Ford Motor Company, Shelby American and Ford Racing, while the jaw-droppingly grunty Shelby GT500 Cobra is a 838bhp version of the (none too shabby 653bhp) 2013 Shelby GT500.

The one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang now generates its 838bhp with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-litre Whipple supercharger.

Putting all that power to the ground (well, almost) is the duty of the GT500 Cobra’s 13” wide rear wheels, wrapped in massive 345-section high-performance tyres.

Shelby American provided a specially designed bonnet, new rear wide-body kit, Shelby Wilwood brakes and new 20 x 13″ rear and 20 x 10″ front wheels. The bodywork is finished in the same Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s.

“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” says Luft. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we would build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build just as you’ll find it in the rear wide-body kit and bonnet integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”

“You might also know that Carroll was a philanthropist, noted for supporting causes that moved him,” adds Farley. “In that spirit, this car will be taken on tour around the country, and hopefully will be used in a special way at the end of its tour – a way Carroll would appreciate.”

Before the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra hits the road, it will be shown at the Ford display in the expo area at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this weekend.