2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 by Roush Performance and Shelby

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

Roush, Shelby Collaborate on SR-71 Charity Mustang

It’s a collaboration that’s never happened before, a collaboration that will result in a one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang that simply will be without equal. For the first time ever, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush were on site to meet with Ford Motor Company to design, engineer and produce the SR-71, a vehicle inspired by the SR-71 “Blackbird,” the long-range reconnaissance USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.

For the last three years, the Ford Motor Company has provided EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) with unique auction vehicles that have raised over one million dollars for EAA’s Young Eagles program. The Young Eagles Auction takes place each year at AirVenture, EAA’s annual air show and gathering. Ford Motor Company has been a proud supporter of EAA and Young Eagles for the past 15 years by providing various vehicles and donations each year to be raffled and auctioned off.

The SR-71 Mustang (S for Shelby, R for Roush) is being built at the ROUSH facility in Livonia, Michigan, with the participation and input of all parties involved. As inspiration, the Lockheed Martin SR-71 took it’s first flight in 1964, the first year the Ford Mustang was produced. The SR-71 “Blackbird” holds all official airspeed and altitude records and is the most technically advanced and unique aircraft ever produced. It was an aircraft loaded from end-to-end with features that, to this day, are still admired and copied.

The SR-71 Mustang will be packed with special and unique features as well, right down to the embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby in the exclusive racing seats. With Carroll Shelby’s history as an USAF flight instructor and Jack Roush as a well known P-51 Mustang pilot, the objective was to hand build a highly valued vehicle that would excite both enthusiasts and collectors alike. Also, the vehicle will be on display to generate enthusiasm and excitement for the 500,000 plus AirVenture attendees July, 26th through July 31st.

The auction for the SR-71 Mustang will take place on Thursday, July 29,th at 7:30 PM ( Central Time) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Topics: roush, ford, ford mustang

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