Peter Brock designed both...
Peter Brock designed both the original Daytona coupe and the Superformance/Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe. What a sweet and phenomenally successful design it is.
Certain racecars transcend time. They're world-beaters during their reign, and they evoke an emotional response from many an automotive racing enthusiast. What the cars look like, how they performed at famous racing venues around the globe, what teams drove them to victory, the personalities behind those racing teams, and fond memories from our collective pasts-all of these things contribute to the lofty reputation these inanimate four-wheeled mechanical conveyances attain in our hearts and minds, and in the auto racing history tomes. The Ford GT40 and the Shelby American Type 65 Daytona Cobra coupe are prime examples of racecars that will always be etched in the hearts and souls of American gearheads. We dream to one day build and own a re-creation of one of these racing icons (if not both).
Not so coincidentally, Carroll Shelby and his Shelby American Racing Team was heavily involved with both of these supercars. The Shelby American Team won 1st and 2nd place with Ford GT40 Mk IIs in 1966 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In combination with the 289 Cobra roadsters, Shelby American utilized the six Type 65 Shelby Daytona coupes to earn the 1965 FIA World Manufacturers Championship. In '64, Shelby American Racing teammates Bob Bondurant and Dan Gurney raced a Type 65 Daytona coupe to 1st place in the GT class and 4th overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Since gearheads around the globe have worshipped these two machines from afar, it figures that the man intimately involved with the '60s-era GT40 and the Daytona coupe would also have a soft spot in his heart for them. Indeed, the number 98 Guardsman Blue coupe that Superformance brought to the 2008 KIT CAR Performance Day was Carroll Shelby's personal automobile for three years. Superformance's CEO, Lance Stander, is now the proud owner. To his credit, Lance wasn't afraid to let KIT CAR put his Shelby-owned supercar through the acceleration, braking, skidpad, and slalom exercises. He knows firsthand how well the Superformance/Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe is built. Lance is also aware of how thorough Superformance/Shelby Dealer Olthoff Racing, in Mount Ulla, North Carolina, is in installing drivetrains in the turnkey-minus cars.
Three lucky drivers took turns putting the coupe through its paces at the '08 Performance Day: Superformance CEO Lance Stander, Camaro Performers Editor Nick Licata, and Editorial Director Brian Brennan. Read all about how well the Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe did here. We warn you though once you do you'll likely be contacting your local Superformance or Shelby American dealer for a test drive of your own.
Superformance CEO Lance Stander...
Superformance CEO Lance Stander put the binders on in the 60-0 mph braking test.
The Olthoff Racing installed...
The Olthoff Racing installed Roush 427SR engine was built utilizing a stout 427-cubic inch DART four-bolt main block and delivers a healthy 450 horsepower. It's backed by a Tremec T56 six-speed manual trans.
A full complement of Stewart...
A full complement of Stewart Warner instruments monitors this supercar's vitals. Mr. Carroll Shelby adorned the glovebox door with his signature.
When the original Daytona...
When the original Daytona coupe aluminum skin was first created in the early '60s, and high-speed testing ensued, the only addition needed to make the sleek coupe body stable at top speed was the rear spoiler. Racers like Ken Miles, Bob Bondurant, and Dan Gurney saw this modification as a lifesaver, as the airstream and the spoiler worked together to keep the coupe's frontend from lifting.
Superformance hired the Daytona...
Superformance hired the Daytona coupe's original designer/engineer, Peter Brock, to design the Superformance/Shelby American Daytona Cobra coupe. This coupe has a three-inch longer wheelbase than the original Type 65 of the early '60s, which is something that Brock wanted for the first and only six Type 65 coupes back in the day.
Comfortable and supportive...
Comfortable and supportive bucket seats, trimmed in black alcantera, make long endurance races, road trip vacations, or grocery getting a breeze.
Web Producer Ed Kimball shot...
Web Producer Ed Kimball shot 0-60mph acceleration video footage for the KIT CAR website, www.kitcarmag.com, while Eric Geisert produced some still photos. Dakota Wentz supervised.
|Year and type/model: ||1965 Shelby |
|Daytona Cobra |
|Vehicle Year: ||2005 |
|Price of Kit: ||$74,900.00 |
|Total Price as Tested: ||$115,000.00 |
|Manufacturer Estimate of Hours to Build/Complete Vehicle: ||N/A (turnkey-minus car) |
|Frame: ||Superformance |
|Wheelbase: ||93" |
|Rearend: ||Dana |
|Rear Suspension: ||IRS, as original |
|Front Suspension: ||IFS, as original |
|Shocks: ||Bilstein coilovers |
|Rear Brakes: ||Superformance |
|Front Brakes: ||Superformance |
|Brake Lines: ||Braided stainless steel |
|Master Cylinder: ||Wilwood |
|Steering: ||Power rack and pinion |
|Front Wheel Make & Size: ||Superformance 18" |
|Rear Wheel Make & Size: ||Superformance 18" |
|Front Tire Make & Size: ||BFGoodrich (255/40R18) |
|Rear Tire Make & Size: ||BFGoodrich (295/45R18) |
|Paint Brand/Type: ||PPG Wimbledon White stripes over Guardsman Blue |
|Windshield/Glass: ||Superformance |
|Roll Bar: ||Superformance |
|Bumpers: ||Superformance |
|Lights: ||Superformance |
|Mirrors: ||Superformance |
|Emblems and Trim: ||Superformance |
|Fuel System: ||Superformance |
|Fuel Tank: ||Superformance |
|Gauges: ||Stewart Warner |
|Wiring: ||Superformance |
|Steering Wheel: ||Superformance |
|Seating: ||Superformance |
|Upholstery: ||Superformance |
|Material: ||Alcantera seats |
|Engine Brand: ||Ford/Roush |
|Engine Type: ||427SR |
|Engine/Trans Installation: ||Olthoff Racing Inc., |
|Water Pump: ||Roush |
|Radiator: ||Superformance |
|Air Cleaner: ||Roush |
|Ignition: ||MSD |
|Headers: ||Superformance |
|Exhaust System: ||Superformance |
|Transmission Type: ||Tremec T56 6-speed |
|Shifter: ||Superformance |
|Air Conditioning: ||Included |
|Engine Brackets: ||Superformance |
0-60 mph: 4.25 seconds
|Minimum stopping distance |
|From 60 mph: ||42.21 feet |
(brake bias not
front to rear)
|Lateral acceleration: ||.82 g |
|Balance: ||Oversteer |
|Slalom Speed (420-foot slalom): ||45.8 mph |
|Lateral seat support: ||Excellent |
|TEST CONDITIONS |
|Temperature: ||90 degrees Fahrenheit |
|Humidity: ||Less than five-percent |
|Elevation: ||52 feet above sea level |
|Location: ||El Toro Marine Air Base, El Toro, California |
Kit Car Performance Testing Day, 2008Driving Test
Impressions on following criteria:
Car #: 6 (1965/2005 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe)
Test Driver: Brian Brennan, Editorial Director
Interior Layout / Ergonomics: racecar, not for faint of heart
Visibility (closed cars): forward, very good; rear, distorted
Overall Comfort: tight, but it's a hot rod
Steering (feel, turning, radius, etc.): quick, very good
Shifting (transmission, clutch, etc.): smooth
Brakes (feel and performance): excellent
Throttle Response: you've got to be kidding -- instantaneous
Other comments: it's what you buy a car like this for