For the first time ever, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush met with Ford Motor Company in order to design and produce a new car based on the 2011 Mustang and inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird, the long-range reconnaissance USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.
The SR-71 Mustang (S for Shelby, R for Roush) is currently being built at the Roush plant in Livonia, Michigan, with the participation and input of all parties involved.
The new vehicle will carry the impressive 5.0-lite Ti-VCT V8 engine with a 2.3-liter Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger with Ford Racing calibration and Roush intake, a Ford Racing Handling Pack and tuned exhaust and tips, SVT Track Pack wheels in custom paint (19-inch in front, 20-inch in rear) and a new glass roof with unique graphic treatment.
Also, the car will carry a non-production matte and silver exterior paint treatment with SR-71 cues as well as custom Recaro race seats featuring signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby.
Further improvements for the interior include a new racing steering wheel, removed rear seat, Ford Racing performance gauge cluster, a modified navigation screen, roll cage custom badging, sill plates and floor mats.
As expected, the SR-71 Mustang will be laden with an array of special and distinct features, including the embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby in its racing seats. In building this SR-71 Mustang, the goal was to build by hand a vehicle that is special enough to electrify both enthusiasts and collectors, given the history of Jack Roush as a famous P-51 Mustang pilot and of Shelby as an USAF flight instructor.
This especially made SR-71 Mustang will be showcased at the annual AirVenture air show from July 26 to July 31, and will be up for auction on July 29 at 7:30 p.m. (Central Time) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.