When I was passing through Great Falls I saw a car that said "Shelby" on it and it had a Shelby badge in the back. Looked like it might have been something from back in the 80's. So, I looked it up on the web, and since it was a red one it has to be an '89 which makes it 1 out of only 500 made! Pretty rare, check it out: http://www.xmission.com/~dempsey/shelby/sheldod9.htm
Think the WRX could benefit from that type of turbo? :wiggle:The familiar intercooler was in place and connected to the one-piece tuned intake manifold used in the 88 CSX-T, but it was attached to a brand new turbo (seen below). This Garrett unit featured variable nozzles - small blades surounding the exhaust turbine. Their purpose was to reduce turbo lag, and they functioned like this: at low turbo speeds, the blades would close. This decreases the volume of the turbine housing, causing more rapid acceleration of the compressor and thus faster spool-up. Once up to speed the blades would open and increase the airflow, allowing for control of the boost level. Besides reducing turbo lag, these nozzles allowed for the removal of the wastegate; the nozzles now provided this function. The whole operation was controlled by the car's computer based on data received from throttle position, manifold pressure, and so on.
Found pics of an '87 on Ebay - $3500 bid so far on a 17 year-old car ain't bad, and the '89 would be worth much more:VERY unique - another first for production cars worldwide - was the use of gold 5-spoke Fiberide composite wheels. These were constructed of a fiberglass-reinforced plastic which is stronger than aluminum and also lighter. Shelby's wheel plant made these wheels; embossed into one spoke is the word SHELBY