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Shelby announce the Mustang GT1000

For when the 650bhp GT500 just isn't powerful enough...

Shelby American has announced the most powerful Shelby yet will debut at the New York Auto Show next week. Not content with producing the full-series-production GT500 with 650 bhp, Shelby decided to offer an even more extreme product for the road and track.

Called the Shelby 1000, the special edition Mustang is based on the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and puts out a thumping 940 bhp as a street-legal version and 1,090 bhp 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."

Shelby American take Ford's 5.4 litre V8, strip it down to the block, add new connecting rods, crank and pistons, then the team gas flow the heads, upgrade the cooling and exhaust, replace the supercharger and fine tune 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.

Images courtesy of Ford/Shelby American

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more