Laying claim to producing some of the best components for cars, Shelby American has built the most powerful Shelby to ever be produced, set for an April 5th debut at New York’s International Auto Show. Named the Shelby 1000, it was manufactured using a 2012 model of Ford’s Shelby GT500 which was tweaked in areas like handling, braking and horsepower. The 1000 will be offered in two variants, one for the road and one for off-roads. While the former will be capable of producing 950 hp, the off-roader will churn out over 1,100 hp.
The Shelby 1000 was built to celebrate the automaker’s 50th year since rolling out the first Shelby Cobra. To produce the 1000, Carroll Shelby and his team took a Ford 5.4-liter V8 engine, adding cranks, pistons and rods. The cooling and exhaust systems were upgraded while the supercharger was tuned to produce more power.
A total of 6 pistons at the front and 4 at the rear were used for enhanced stopping and handling capabilities. Bushings, sway bars and new struts were fitted to upgrade the suspension. A new driveshaft was connected to a 9-inch rear end.
Appearance-wise, the Shelby 1000 does look like it’s built for power. It’s aerodynamic and stealthy looking, something you would expect a fast car to look like. In addition, the team ensured that the hood, splitter and rear panel are functional.
The Shelby 1000 doesn’t come cheap and if you’re looking to get yourself a unit, you better make it quick as it is going to be a limited production model. A completed Shelby 1000 will set you back by around $200,000 while a post-title package begins at $149,995, exclusive of the base GT500. Orders are expected to be accepted after the Shelby 1000 is unveiled at the auto show. Interested buyers can contact Shelby American for details.