Shelby American has announced the most powerful Shelby yet will debut at the New York Auto Show next week.
Called the Shelby 1000, the special edition Mustang is based on a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 and puts out a thumping 950 hp (708 kW / 963 PS) as a street-legal version and 1,100 hp (820 kW / 1115 PS) for the track only version.
"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."
Starting with Ford's 5.4 liter V8 stripped down to the block, Shelby American engineers added new connecting rods, crank and pistons. Then the team gas flowed the heads, upgraded the cooling and exhaust, replaced the supercharger and fine tuned it.
Other upgrades include 6 piston calipers up front and 4 piston in the rear while the suspension includes new struts, sway bars and bushings. A new solid driveshaft is connected to a new 9-inch rear end.
Not just for looks, functional aerodynamic body enhancements include the front splitter, hood and rear diffuser.
A limited production of Shelby 1000s will be built, each numbered and documented. The street-legal Shelby 1000 starts at $149,995 and the track S/C version starts at $154,995, not including the base GT500. A completed Shelby 1000 is expected to be approximately $200,000.