2012 New York Auto Show Preview: Shelby 1000

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 2, 2012

The introduction of the most powerful Shelby ever built is an occasion that you shouldn’t miss if you’re a truly a fan. The date is April 5, 2012; the event is the New York International Auto Show; and the presentation will be made by Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International. The Shelby 1000 was made by Carroll Shelby and his team.

They first took a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 and tweaked its handling, horsepower and braking to get to the highest performance level. The Shelby 1000 is available in a street version as well as a Shelby 1000 S/C "off-road" track version. The street legal, pump gas version dyno can produce about 950hp while the track-oriented S/C edition has a rating of more than 1,100hp. John Luft, president of Shelby American, referred to Carroll Shelby as a visionary who was able to push the limits of performance throughout his life.

He had given the Shelby American team a challenge to create the Shelby 1000 in time for the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Shelby Cobra that changed the standards of high performance. At the Shelby American booth in New York, this first car – the Cobra #1 (CSX2000) – will be displayed beside the Shelby 1000. To make the car fit the vision of Carroll Shelby, Shelby American got Ford's 5.4 liter V8 and added new rods, crank and pistons. This team instantly got busy with flowing the heads, upgrading the cooling and exhaust, replacing the supercharger, tuning it, and then making it distinctly Shelby.

To match this new power, the Shelby 1000 improved the handling and stopping capabilities by adding 6 pistons in front and 4 pistons in the rear, while the suspension has been fitted with new struts, sway bars and bushings.

This new solid driveshaft is attached to a new 9-inch rear end. Aerodynamics is enhanced with several exterior cues that also enable it to keep a stealthy look. Shelby also made sure that the hood, rear panel and splitter are functional. There will be a limited production of Shelby 1000s, each to be documented and numbered. The Shelby 1000’s post-title package has a starting price of $149,995 (excluding the base GT500). But for a completed Shelby 1000, you’re going to have to shell out about $200,000.

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