|Custom Shelby GT500 Named As Grand Prize In Barrett Jackson Fantasy Bid
Each year Barrett Jackson invites car enthusiasts to follow along with their live auctions and place virtual bids on select vehicles. In this game, known as the Hagerty Fantasy Bid, the players who come closest to the real winning bids usually win a small prize such as an iPod or iPad. However, this year they are really ramping things up with a major grand prize, namely a customized 2011 Shelby GT500 Mustang!
Make no mistake, this isn't your ordinary Shelby GT500. It began as a collaboration effort between Nascar Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. Under the hood Trevor and Ricky upgraded the GT500's powerplant with a Ford Racing supercharger kit which boosted the 5.4L V8's output from 550hp to over 750hp! To keep things cool and to handle all that excess power an oversize radiator from C&R Racing and a 3.5" aluminum driveshaft were added as well.
While the engine upgrades may have been enough to set this car off from the crowd the Nascar racers weren't quite done. To improve the GT500's track prowess they chose to add a Ford Racing handling package including Dynamic Suspensions adjustable shocks and struts, a set of 1.25" lowering springs, heavier sway bars front and rear, and a set of caster/camber plates. To haul the car to a stop from its much improved top speed a set of 14" front and 12" rear Wilwood brakes were bolted on as well. Not to leave anything to chance a set of front and rear brake cooling ducts were added too.
Finally to round things out Trevor and Ricky chose to add a few Shelby appearance items including a new hood, carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels, lower side scoops and quarter panel scoops. An autographed dashboard plaque was added to the interior to signify Trevor and Ricky's involvement in the building of the car.
To get your chance at winning this awesome ride be sure to watch the Barrett Jackson auctions starting January 17th at 7pm. Each virtual bid placed during the Hagerty Fantasy Bid game enters the player into a drawing to win the GT500 and thus making all their friends (and us) green with envy.
*Note: Vehicle pictured isn't actual prize. Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
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