Last week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we witnessed something that may come as a threat to the Dodge Hellcat, and it is Ford’s latest Shelby Mustang, and it has got a whopping 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), which is why it was dubbed the Shelby 1000. The automaker’s latest kit can be added onto any 2015 or later Ford Mustang.
Unlike before, the Mustang GT will lose the 5.0 liter V8 that it once had. This will then be replaced by a 5.2-liter V8 from Shelby GT350 that will be added with a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger that pushes its limit to an estimated 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts). Apart from the new engine, it will also get a new high-flow fuel system, intercooler, ECU tuning, and an upgraded manual transmission.
It will never be enough to just give the Mustang a new and more powerful engine, right? And because all of you probably agree, Ford does too. This is why they are giving the Mustang an all new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust, and widened front and rear tracks. The body now sits on a fully adjustable coilover suspension, and new Brembo brakes for added stopping power. Other parts that have been added are stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, and wider wheels and tires.
Vince Laviolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and head of development said that they gave the Shelby 1000 far more than just added horsepower and a facelift. To create an ultimate track machine, they had to replace every major component of the car. All the upgrade that it has been given will slice through corners and sprint down straights with ease.
The automaker decided to get rid of the street legal version and just focus on the track version instead, which will be the only offering, and this could be because of the emissions compliance issues. If you did not know, the last Shelby 1000 actually took inspiration from the 2012 to the 2014 model year Mustang, which could be had in either track and street configurations that produced 1,200 horses. If you would like to have a Mustang-based car for the road, then you will have to settle for the GT350.
The automaker only plans to build 50 examples of the muscle car each year at the Las Vegas, Nevada plant. Early next year, Ford will begin the production of this model, and each unit will be documented in the official Shelby Registry. The Mustang GT alone has a price tag of $33,195, and if you are interested in the package, you will have to be willing to shell out another $169,995.