Shelby cars with highest power to weight ratio

Top 37 Shelby cars with most powerful engines relative to vehicle weight. Updated April 2021.

Most accurate predictor of acceleration is power to weight ratio. The more power engine can produce and the less mass it has to accelerate, the quicker the acceleration.

For low speed acceleration and acceleration from standstill, traction also plays important role. Aerodynamic drag takes over as dominating factor at high speed.

Everything in between is where power to weight ratio matters the most. Mid-range acceleration is also important for track performance.

# make & model Hp/tonne▼ Image
1. 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake 773 Photo of 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
2. 2012 Shelby GT500 Cobra 486 Photo of 2012 Shelby GT500 Cobra
3. 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake 486 Photo of 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
4. 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake 461 Photo of 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
5. 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Super 439 Photo of 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Super
6. Shelby Cobra 427 S/C 427 Photo of Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
7. 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake 419 Photo of 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
8. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C 376 Photo of 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
9. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 S/C 380 Photo of 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 S/C
10. 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe 373 Photo of 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
11. 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake 349 Photo of 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
12. 2003 Shelby Series 1 S/C 343 Photo of 2003 Shelby Series 1 S/C
13. 2008 Shelby Mustang Cobra GT500 SuperSnake 340 Photo of 2008 Shelby Mustang Cobra GT500 SuperSnake
14. 1967 Shelby Cobra 428 S/C 332 Photo of 1967 Shelby Cobra 428 S/C
15. 2011 Shelby GT500 SVT 317 Photo of 2011 Shelby GT500 SVT
16. 2011 Shelby GT350 306 Photo of 2011 Shelby GT350
17. 2010 Shelby GT500 306 Photo of 2010 Shelby GT500
18. 1965 Shelby GT350R 300 Photo of 1965 Shelby GT350R
19. 2008 Shelby Mustang Cobra GT500KR 300 Photo of 2008 Shelby Mustang Cobra GT500KR
20. 1967 Shelby GT500 Supercharged 293 Photo of 1967 Shelby GT500 Supercharged
21. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Green Hornet 282 Photo of 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Green Hornet
22. 2006 Shelby GT500 277 Photo of 2006 Shelby GT500
23. 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 S/C 274 Photo of 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 S/C
24. 1998 Shelby Series 1 266 Photo of 1998 Shelby Series 1
25. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 S/C 263 Photo of 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 S/C
26. 1987 Shelby Charger GLHS Special 256 Photo of 1987 Shelby Charger GLHS Special
27. 1968 Shelby GT500 427 250 Photo of 1968 Shelby GT500 427
28. 1968 Shelby GT500 K.R. 249 Photo of 1968 Shelby GT500 K.R.
29. 1966 Shelby GT350 H 241 Photo of 1966 Shelby GT350 H
30. 1967 Shelby GT500 232 Photo of 1967 Shelby GT500
31. 1968 Shelby GT500 230 Photo of 1968 Shelby GT500
32. 1968 Shelby GT350 Supercharged 229 Photo of 1968 Shelby GT350 Supercharged
33. 1969 Shelby GT500 SCJ 206 Photo of 1969 Shelby GT500 SCJ
34. 1970 Shelby GT500 203 Photo of 1970 Shelby GT500
35. 1967 Shelby GT350 200 Photo of 1967 Shelby GT350
36. 1969 Shelby GT350 178 Photo of 1969 Shelby GT350
37. 2021 Shelby Mustang Super Snake Speedster Photo of 2021 Shelby Mustang Super Snake Speedster

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 04/10/2021, last addition - Shelby Mustang Super Snake Speedster.