Classic Recreations to fit EcoBoost engines to classic Shelby Mustang range
Classic Recreations in the US has become the first company to offer both the 2.0L and 3.5L EcoBoost engines in its 1966 GT350CR and 1967 GT500CR Shelby Mustang.
CLASSIC RESTORATIONS IS the only company in the world allowed to produce Shelby Mustang continuation cars, and it’s now dropped the 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engines into its Mustang line-up. The former will be available only to the Chinese market, while the latter will be available everywhere else.
“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,” Classic Recreations said. The 2.0L engine is fitted as is, but Classic Recreations said the 3.5L engine can be beefed up with larger turbos to push output beyond 600hp (440kW-plus).
“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 Jason 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 3.5L 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 2.0L. It’s powerful, light and can be serviced at any Ford dealer worldwide.”
“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, CEO 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 1000hp – will still be available as well.