The Ford Shelby GT500 heads into showrooms this summer with a 5.8 liter supercharged V8 that pounds out a boner-inducing 650 horsepower, but that’s just not enough for Carroll Shelby and the team at Las Vegas-based Shelby International. Like Spinal Tap, they insist on turning things up to eleven. Eleven hundred horsepower, that is.
That’s the maximum output of the 2012 Shelby 1000, debuting at the New York Auto Show next week. The 1,100 hp figure applies to the not-ready-for-public-streets S/C variant; the road-worthy version makes do with only 950 horses. As the model year suggests, the Shelby 1000 is based on the 2012 GT500 and its tried-and-true 5.4 liter V8 instead of the 2013 GT500′s jucier mill. God only know what sort of outputs Shelby will pump out of that motor someday.
Not content to simply leave the Shelby 1000 as a rolling tire fire, the company also added six piston brakes up front and four-piston ones in the rear. The suspensions benefits from new struts, sway bars and bushings, and the car receives the usual Shelby exterior treatment—which does, admittedly, look pretty badass. And we mean that in the original sense, not in that overused 21st Century way.
Forgive us if we don’t sound all that enthused. We weren’t exactly impressed the last time we drove a Shelby International Mustang, and that one only cost $30,000 more than a 2012 GT500. The Shelby 1000 costs a whopping $149,995 before you even factor in the price of the 2012 GT500 base car, so a completed turnkey version will run you around $200,000. We can think of a lot of other cars we’d buy for $200K…and even more ways we could modify $50-75K cars with $125-150K in loose money.
Still, we might always change our mind after a little time with a Shelby 1000. How ’bout it, Carroll? [via Shelby International]
NEW YORK – March 27, 2012 – Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), will introduce its most powerful Shelby yet on April 5, 2012, at the New York International Auto Show. Carroll Shelby and his team created the Shelby 1000 by starting with a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 and kicking its handling, horsepower and braking to the performance edge.
The Shelby 1000 will be offered in both a street and a Shelby 1000 S/C “off-road” track version. The street legal, pump gas version dyno’s out at approximately 950 HP, while the track oriented S/C edition is rated at over 1,100 HP.
“Carroll Shelby is a visionary who has pushed the boundaries of performance his entire life,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “He challenged the Shelby American team to develop the Shelby 1000 and wanted to unveil this amazing new Shelby at the New York Auto Show celebrating 50 years since he unveiled the very first Shelby Cobra that changed the face of high performance. We will have that very car, Cobra #1 (CSX2000) along with Shelby 1000 on display in our Shelby American booth in New York.”
To build the car that Carroll Shelby envisioned, Shelby American takes Ford’s 5.4 liter V8 down to the block to add new rods, crank and pistons. The team flows the heads, upgrades the cooling and exhaust, replaces the supercharger, tunes it and then sprinkles it with a little Shelby magic.
To complement the new power, the Shelby 1000 has improved the handling and stopping capabilities with 6 pistons in front and 4 pistons in the rear, while the suspension includes new struts, sway bars and bushings. The new solid driveshaft is connected to a new 9-inch rear end. Exterior cues incorporate aerodynamics while maintaining a stealthy appearance. The hood, rear panel and splitter are functional pieces.
A limited production of Shelby 1000s will be built, each numbered and documented. The post-title package for the Shelby 1000 starts at $149,995, not including the base GT500. A completed Shelby 1000 is expected to be approximately $200,000.
Shelby American will accept orders once the Shelby 1000 is unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. Those interested in reserving a car can contact Shelby American at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com after April 5, 2012.