Shelby F-150 Super Snake — Some combinations of things just work, no matter how strange they may seem up front. No one could’ve predicted chocolate and peanut butter would become one of the greatest combos in candy history before Harry Reese did it in 1928. Somewhere presumably in New Jersey diner culture history, we can probably find the origins of the French-Fries-dipped-in-mayo phenomena. Of course, this idea transcends more than just the food industry. We’re quite sure that before Carroll Shelby decided to shoehorn a then-massive 289 Ford V8 into a diminutive AC Ace in 1962, and then ratcheting things up even further with a 427 a couple years later, he was probably mocked for his crazy ideas.
Fast forward several decades and in the early ’90’s with the GMC Syclone and then after a brief hiatus, the early 2000’s with the F-150 Lightning, carmakers decided that if going fast in a car could be fun, why not try it with a truck? Sure, the idea seemed nuts at first, but here we are today with that same fabled Shelby factory joining forces with Ford once again in the form of the mighty F-150 Super Snake.
Unlike the Baja-inspired Raptor, the Super Snake is a direct descendant of the Lightning, in that it is a bonafide road-going hot rod. Shelby starts with a stock F-150, and then gives it the classic hot-rod treatment — lowered ride height to improve that top-heavy pickup center of gravity, a more airflow-friendly front fascia (replete with fully functional vents), and a very aggressive, and also functional hood that sports two flared nostrils to help feed the howling engine under hood. Brand new coilovers and control arms help bring the front end closer to the tarmac, while new shocks and shackles do the same job out back. That bed is completely carpeted and covered by a air-flow-friendly tonneau cover that comes in body color.
Now for the fun stuff — standard issue for the Shelby F-150 Super Snake is a rip-roaring 5.0-liter DOHC flat-plane crank Coyote V8 that makes a very satisfying 395-horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. But let’s be serious, when it comes to Shelby, too much is never enough. So those speed addled psychos decided to take that same Coyote and pump in some serious PED’s in the form of a Whipple supercharger, which nearly doubles those NA numbers. How does 770-horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque sound? That power is then routed through a seriously beefed up 10-speed automatic transmission and then sent along to all-four corners for maximum traction though the use of Nitto NT 420 rubber that wrap very retro-rod 22-inch Torq-Thrust wheels. That should be noted, as it is the one main difference (aside from the 400-horsepower increase) from the turn-of-the-century Lightning. The Lightning was RWD only, as engineers thought that the added weight of AWD would hamper performance, and while the L was capable of turning a set of rear tires into vaporized clouds of expensive dust in a matter of seconds, the Super Snake doesn’t waste any energy in posturing.
All that power gives this Snake a strike off the line that would make a rattlesnake blush. In terms of speed, the SC SS can run from 0-60 mph in a chest-compressing 3.5 seconds and from 0-100 mph in just 8.3 seconds and a quarter mile run of a scalding 11.5 seconds at 127 mph. That’s good enough to get you to Home Depot and back in time for dinner.
For the … meek, we suppose we can say, the naturally-aspirated Super Snake will run you $86,085, but for a mere $7,300 more, you can get one of the baddest trucks ever made for just $93,385. The sad news is that only 250 of these trucks were ever made for public consumption, so your best bet will be to start combing through the auctions and car apps to see if you can hunt one down, because the only thing that is faster than the magnificently confusing combination of pickup truck and horsepower, is how quickly they sold out.