At the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in November, we were made positively giddy by the announcement and unveiling of a new supertruck poised to give the forthcoming 2017 F-150 Raptor a run for its money: the new Ford Shelby F-150. With an optional Whipple supercharger kit contributing to a magnificent 700 horsepower, the Shelby F-150 is enough to make one wonder whether the world really needs the new Raptor after all.
In the video above, we get a proper introduction to the new Shelby F-150 supertruck, presented by Shelby VP of International and Strategic Sales Gary Patterson. He explains that truck is already well-appointed from the factory, being built on the Lariat trim level pickup, but practically nothing performance-related is left untouched. The hood, with its massive ram-air intake, is made of lightweight, durable polycarbonate – the same sort of virtually unbreakable plastic used on compact discs and bulletproof glass.
Not only does the intake look mean as heck, but it plays an integral role in supplying the optional 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger with fresh air.
There’s plenty more besides; the new Ford Shelby F-150 is a complete, bumper-to-bumper build with a revised intake, exhaust, suspension, rolling stock, and appearance. The supertruck can be ordered directly from an authorized Shelby dealer, and offers a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
That’s not bad for an offroad-capable, man-eating monster on wheels.