1 package of appearance, 1 for handling, 1 for horsepower, all 3 = Super Snake. Each package could warrant inclusion in the registry. Gives people who don't have the cash up front a chance to build as you go. More sales for SA, keeps the exclusivity of the SS. You don't get the SS moniker until all 3 packages are installed. Those with the ability to buy the regular SS package up front don't have their product de-valued by having regular horsepower Shelby's running around with SA sanctioned SS badging.
The issue I see with this option is that SA builds the Super Snake, not the owner. If the only option for a budgeted owner is to build in levels for a final "Super Snake" at level three, the owner is going to have to send the car back to Shelby for each level upgrade, for my Super Snake build it was a round trip cost of $2400 from Fla. to Las Vegas and back. I don't know that many budget owners would "also" be interested in multiple trips to Shelby with their car.
There are also many "unique" Super Snake items included in the three levels you have mentioned above, if you start sending parts out that are unique for the Super Snake owner only, these parts will easily slip out into the general public which is something SA has attempted to control. <<Thank you SA!! One thing that comes to mind are the wheels.........If an owner buys a entry level appearance, what wheels would they get in the beginning?........then they send used wheels back for Super Snake specfic wheels when the time comes for level 3? or they "also" buy a second set of wheels for the final "Super Snake" level? Maybe the new wheels will not be unique as they are/were with the Alcoa Super Snake engraving? If the new wheel is not unique, maybe it could be a simple center cap swap........
As for the levels "before level 3", previously "appearance" items have been available through SPP, the SS hood, hood pins and heat extractors, Alcoas, CF rockers and splitter, etc. In the handling and braking department, the FRPP and Eibach have been readily available for any GT500 owner, same with the front and rear brake upgrades and their specific levels. The S/C's that are used on the SS have been readily available through SPP.
Since SA inspects each Super Snake upon completion to verify it meets "their" Super Snake specs, I don't know that Joe Lunchbox/Home Built Super Snakes of all varieties will meet the strict SA build specs.
I still believe that an entry level Super Snake, as outlined in post number 57 would meet the Shelby American specs from beginning to end of the Mod Shop build, while also bring the $$$ from buyers who are on a tighter budget............and the buyer would have a "Super Snake", not a work in progress toward a Super Snake.
Edited by Robert M, 25 July 2012 - 04:42 AM.