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Shelby Cobra GT-500

(1968 model)

Brief specs of 1968 Shelby Cobra GT-500

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6990 cm3 / 426.6 cu in / 426.6 cu in, 316.9 kW / 425.0 hp / 425.0 hp @ 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm, 645.0 N·m / 475.7 lb·ft / 475.7 lb·ft @ 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)ShelbyIssued from1968
ModelCobra GT-500Issued until
SerieCobraNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerShelbyCountryUS

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2+2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4745 mm / 186.8 in / 186.8 inTotal (curb) weight1563 kg / 3446 lb / 3446 lb
Width1801 mm / 70.9 in / 70.9 inDry weight
Height1316 mm / 51.8 in / 51.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2743 mm / 108.0 in / 108.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1476 mm / 58.1 in / 58.1 inTowing weight
Track rear1476 mm / 58.1 in / 58.1 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity60 l / 13.3 UK gal / 16.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.73  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.01 m2 / 21.7 sq ft / 21.7 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerFordValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore104.9 mm / 4.13 in / 4.13 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke101.1 mm / 3.98 in / 3.98 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.04
Fuel supplyEngine displacement6990 cm3 / 426.6 cu in / 426.6 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity873.75 cm3/cylinder / 53.319 cu in/cylinder / 53.319 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio11.6 : 1
SumpMax. output power316.9 kW / 425.0 hp / 425.0 hp at 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque645.0 N·m / 475.7 lb·ft / 475.7 lb·ft at 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)126.8 kW / 170.0 hp / 170.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output45.3 kW/l / 0.996 bhp/cu in / 0.996 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque92.3 N·m/l / 0.81 lb·ft/cu in / 0.81 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio271.9 kW/ton / 206.0 bhp/ton / 206.0 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrecirculating ballSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Shelby Cobra GT-500

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