Shelby American has revealed its new-generation 1000 track car, based on the updated Ford Mustang GT.
Unveiled at this week’s 2017 SEMA show, the Shelby 1000 gets an array of upgrades to the suspension, brakes, body and engine to help it tear up ‘road courses’.
The powered-up Pony gets a new 5.2-litre supercharged V8 producing – you guessed it – 1000 horsepower (746kW).
Some of the upgrades include a 4.5L supercharger, an upgraded manual transmission with a short-throw shifter, Shelby exhaust system, triple disc clutch, Shelby fuel pickup system, along with a new radiator, heat exchanger, aluminium cooling tank, oil cooler and transmission cooling parts.
Visually, the Shelby 1000 gets a widebody kit, more aggressive front and rear bumper treatments, 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (305/30 front and 345/30 rear) and a new bonnet with deep vents. Inside, there’s a custom leather interior by Katzkin, deletion of rear seats, four-point roll bar and harnesses, Shelby door sill plates and a unique instrument cluster.
Other changes include adjustable shocks and springs, Ford Performance sway bars and half shafts, a Shelby by Brembo braking system, along with frame strengthening.
“We do far more than just add horsepower and cosmetics to the Shelby 1000,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s vice president of operations, “we replace every major component to create the ultimate track machine. The result is a car that will slice through corners and blast down straights with amazing ease.”
However, the process wasn’t without its struggles. “Since Ford dropped the solid axle rear end, we had to take an entirely new approach,” LaViolette said, “Not only did we build strength into the car with components like heavy-duty halfshafts and CV joints, we revised the entire suspension by using tubular adjustable upper and lower control arms, as well as fully adjustable coilovers.”
The new Shelby 1000 will go into production during the first quarter of 2018, with just 50 units available per model year. How much does it cost?
US$169,995 ($221,214) – and that’s not even including the Mustang GT donor car.