Shelby American might bring back the rent-a-racer Mustang GTs

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 29, 2011

Racing fans are sure to grab the opportunity to drive the upgraded Mustang GTs that will be offered under the “rent-a-racer” program that Shelby American is thinking about reviving, according to an AutoWeek report. It’s likely that the program will be launched as early as next spring to coincide with the company’s 50th anniversary.

These cars will be available in two traditional configurations: black-and-gold and white-and-gold. The 2012 Mustang GT will be powered by the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, which delivers 412 hp, together with an automatic transmission.

The company partnered with Hertz in 1966 to build 1,000 copies of the performance Mustang. The program returned four decades later but even with limited availability, the GT-H had remained popular.

The Shelby GT-H cars were eventually put up for sale. What Shelby is hoping to know is if there’s enough interest for the potential 2012 program before it finalizes it.

For these rent-a-racer ventures throughout history, Hertz has always partnered with Shelby. Hertz will offer the Mustang GT in a premium rental packaging under its “Adrenaline” collection; however, the Shelby hasn't been available in recent times.

Aside from giving the Mustangs some striking livery, Shelby also made sure to boost its power and give these cars some body treatments. It’s likely that these enhancements will also be seen in the modern program.

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