Shelby American has recently announced that the most powerful Shelby yet, named the 1000, will be officially presented to the public at the 2012 New York Auto Show on the 4th of April.
According to the manufacturer, the Shelby 1000 is actually based on the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500, being a special edition of the Mustang which is able to put down an impressive 950 horsepower in the street legal version and 1,100 horsepower in the track only version, so we’re actually wondering why the vehicle isn’t named the Shelby 950? Oh, well let’s move on!
“Carroll Shelby is a visionary who has pushed the boundaries of performance his entire life. 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 first Shelby Cobra that changed the face of high performance. We will have that very car, Cobra #1 along with Shelby 1000 on display in our Shelby American booth in New York”, said the Shelby president John Luft.
The new Shelby 1000 is powered by Ford’s 5.4 liter stripped down V8 engine, which is fitted with new connecting rods, pistons and crank, along with an upgraded exhaust system and a new supercharger. The result is an impressive 950 horsepower in the street legal version, just like we said above. The Shelby 1000 will be made in a limited production and the street legal version will start at $149,995 while the track version will cost $154,995. These prices don’t include the base GT500 so a complete Shelby 1000 is expected to be priced at $200,000.