Classic Recreations, the only licensed and factory authorized builder of Shelby Mustang continuation cars, recently announced the addition of Ford’s powerful EcoBoost engines to the lin-eup of powertrains for its 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR Shelby Mustangs. Ford’s EcoBoost engines represent an incredible leap forward in power, performance and efficiency for driving-focused customers and those in locations where fuel costs or displacement taxes make the V8 engine prohibitively expensive.
The 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6 EcoBoost comes from the factory with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, thanks to high pressure direct fuel injection, variable cam timing, forged internals and dual water cooled Honeywell/Garrett GT15 turbochargers. Thanks to all-aluminum construction, the engine offers a substantial weight reduction compared to the iron-block V8 originally equipped in the car. The combination of a virtually flat torque curve and light weight along with the modern suspension options will make this one of the best handling muscle cars ever made. For those seeking more power, the 3.5-liter unit can be tuned and equipped with larger turbos to produce over 600 hp while maintaining reliability.
“For years we have proudly hand-built the only officially licensed Shelby Mustang continuation cars in the world, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck in the past,” said Classic Recreations owner Sason Engel. “Our clients come from all over the world and they expect the very best – they want the looks of a classic Shelby, with the performance and reliability of a modern sports car. We can now give customers who want a lightweight but extremely smooth and powerful vehicle the 3.5-liter option, which is similar to the powertrain the upcoming Ford GT, and we now have an excellent option for our Chinese customers with the EcoBoost 2.0-liter. It’s powerful, light and can be serviced at any Ford dealer worldwide.”
Classic Recreations will offer the 300-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that has become extremely popular in the Ford Focus ST to customers in the Chinese market, where imported vehicles are subject to strict engine displacement taxes and regulation. After an engine control unit tuning for premium fuel, the engine is rated at 300 hp and 360 lb/ft of torque, thanks to TI-VCT twin independent variable camshaft timing, a Borg-Warner turbocharger that spins at speeds up to 195,000 revolutions per minute optimized to create peak torque between 2,000-4,000 rpm. This engine only weighs 300 pounds, giving it one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any engine ever offered in a classic Shelby.
“The Shelby Mustang continuation cars built by Classic Recreations are not only beautiful, high-quality cars, they hold true to Carroll Shelby’s vision of packaging the latest Ford performance engines in the iconic mustang platform,” said Neil Cummings, chief executive officer of Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. “Jason and his team have continuously produced beautiful Shelby continuation cars over the years and we are proud to include them in the Shelby registry.”
Both Ecoboost models will be available with either standard or automatic transmissions, and the full line of V8 engines—including Coyote and Windsor models ranging from 420 to over 1,000 hp—will still be available as well.