While the original version of the Shelby 1000 eeked out its required 1,000 horsepower, the ’13 model that Shelby American will roll out next week at the New York International Auto Show blasts past the magic 1,000hp mark by generating 1,200 horsepower.
Based on the ’13 Shelby GT500 with its already-impressive 662hp 5.8-liter powerplant, the track version of the Shelby 1000 puts unprecedented horsepower to the pavement while running on pump gas. It will be the most powerful production, street-legal musclecar in the world.
“The ’12 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “We’re bringing back the Shelby 1000 to New York, but with Ford’s ’13 Shelby GT500 as the base car. With its new engine, launch control, adjustable suspension, and other new enhancements, we’ve created a car with even more capabilities. The ’13 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”
To reach 1,200hp, Shelby American strips the GT500’s 5.8-liter engine down to the block to strengthen the internals in preparation for the increased power level. Combining a finely tuned adjustable suspension with a performance cooling package, big brakes, and serious horsepower, the Shelby can outperform exotics costing three-to-four times more.
“This car cannot be defined by just its amazing power,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s test driver. “The steering provides wonderful feedback and the car tracks beautifully, giving it an athletic feel. It attacks corners, ripping through them with minimal body roll and tremendous grip. Yet the Shelby 1000 can be so docile that you can cruise it down the streets of Manhattan.”
The post-title Shelby 1000 package starts at $154,995, not including the base GT500. A limited production of 100 cars will be built. Each will be numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry.
Shelby American will also unveil another vehicle at the New York International Auto Show, but like the Shelby Focus ST, it will not be Mustang based.
Shelby American is now accepting orders for the ’13 Shelby 1000. Anyone interested in reserving a car should contact the Shelby American sales team at 702/942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.