Shelby 1000: The Mustang Enormously Amped Up


Seriously. When is the last time you saw a car that, by and large, is a “regular” car, not a “funny” car, pull a wheelie?

Look at this picture.


That’s the Shelby 1000. The car will be officially unveiled next week at the New York International Auto Show.

It is hard to define this car as “regular.” But it is based on a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500. And then the team at Shelby American goes to work on it. For example, they take the 5.4-liter V8 and strip it down to the block and add new rods, crank and pistons. They Replace the supercharger. Abrasively flow the heads for better breathing. Upgrade the cooling and exhaust. Upgrade the brakes. Add new struts, sway bars and bushings. Put in a new solid driveshaft and connect it to a new 9-in. rear end.

Not exactly regular.

There will be two versions, one for the street and one for the track. The “street legal” car will be rated at about 950 hp. The track version, over 1,100 hp.

The street version will start at $149,995 and the track version at $154,995. Those figures don’t include the price of the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500. So think >$200K.

If you’re interested in ordering one of the limited-edition cars, go to the Shelby American site after the car is officially revealed on April 5.

By the way: this is the 50th anniversary of the first Shelby Cobra.