The 2012 Shelby 1000 is the Most Powerful Shelby Ever


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Shelby will introduce its most powerful Shelby yet, the 2012 Shelby 1000, on April 5, 2012, at the New York International Auto Show. Carroll Shelby and his team created the Shelby 1000 by starting with a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 and kicking its handling, horsepower and braking to the performance edge. The Shelby 1000 will be offered in both a street and a Shelby 1000 S/C "off-road" track version. The street legal, pump gas version dyno's out at approximately 950 HP, while the track oriented S/C edition is rated at over 1,100 HP.

"Carroll Shelby is a visionary who has pushed the boundaries of performance his entire life," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "He challenged the Shelby American team to develop the Shelby 1000 and wanted to unveil this amazing new Shelby at the New York Auto Show celebrating 50 years since he unveiled the very first Shelby Cobra that changed the face of high performance. We will have that very car, Cobra #1 (CSX2000) along with Shelby 1000 on display in our Shelby American booth in New York."

To build the car that Carroll Shelby envisioned, Shelby American takes Ford's 5.4 liter V8 down to the block to add new rods, crank and pistons. The team flows the heads, upgrades the cooling and exhaust, replaces the supercharger, tunes it and then sprinkles it with a little Shelby magic.

To complement the new power, the Shelby 1000 has improved the handling and stopping capabilities with 6 pistons in front and 4 pistons in the rear, while the suspension includes new struts, sway bars and bushings. The new solid driveshaft is connected to a new 9-inch rear end. Exterior cues incorporate aerodynamics while maintaining a stealthy appearance. The hood, rear panel and splitter are functional pieces.

A limited production of Shelby 1000s will be built, each numbered and documented. The post-title package for the Shelby 1000 starts at $149,995, not including the base GT500. A completed Shelby 1000 is expected to be approximately $200,000.

Shelby American will accept orders once the Shelby 1000 is unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. Those interested in reserving a car can contact Shelby American at (702) 942-7325 or visit after April 5, 2012.

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David Peart (Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:39:00 -0700): Something to aspire to.....
Thomas Alexander (Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:34:02 -0700): Ford and communism.... Taste great together! Lmao
Jeffrey Jones (Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:55:14 -0700): Yum.
Matt Lancaster (Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:55:23 -0700): I hope the Mustang forums knows.. the head picture of the Shelby 1000 with the front wheels of the ground is fake.. Jalopnik just reported on it.
Jeff Lancaster (Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:19:43 -0700): The front wheels are still sucked up under the wheel wells when there would actually be more space.
Brian Sherwood (Fri, 30 Mar 2012 05:01:20 -0700): Great looking car.
Kerby Suhre (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 06:12:06 -0700): Even more funny is the fact that you can see the light through the tread gaps on the street tires in the back. No way you're pullin' the fronts off the ground on street tires! Gotta love truth in advertising. :)
Dave Couch (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 06:17:29 -0700): OMG!
Jimmy Purnell (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 11:18:07 -0700): I like my GT500 as it is now- with 850 horsepower. IMHO 1100HP is too much for that car and its aerodynamics. I'm not looking to argue, just my opinion.
Bill Gasiorowski (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:50:37 -0700): absolutely FUCKING stupid. No car is worth 100k or more and there is NO reason to have the much hp. You can't do anything with it anyway but brag. WHOOP TE FUCKING DO!
Pat Flanery (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:39:08 -0700): Bill don't hold back tell us how you feel!!!!! I do agree with you.
Bryan Keller (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:24:39 -0700): Well, I guess I should cancel my order!
Julia Kwiatkowski Gray (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:45:50 -0700): can sit in it...throw it through all the gears and get this crazy awesome feeling about being behind the wheel of some kick ass hp!! i love the feeling...and i only have the 412hp GT. I could have so much fun with this car!!! oh well...maybe in another life ;)
Julia Kwiatkowski Gray (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:58:05 -0700): I dont know if its worth the cost or not but....i could so handle this car! ive had my 2012 GT for only 6months & am already looking for more hp. definatley wont ever be buying one of these,lol! but i will only go up in hp now that ive got a taste of it ;) LOVE UT!
Julia Kwiatkowski Gray (Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:59:15 -0700): *IT
Anne-Marie Stowe (Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:01:24 -0700): Incredible machine!!! Would love to have one but even if I had the paper to drop on this wicked machine hubby said NO!! Guess I get in enough trouble with my 5.0, I'd probably kill myself in that Shelby!! But, heck yeah Ford!! Keep on pushing the performance envelope!!! :)
Julia Kwiatkowski Gray (Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:34:20 -0700): Nothing is safe anymore....i posted this on the mustang forum site im subscribed to. Didnt know it was going on my fb wall! Lol.then,when i seen there were likes,i looked at my wall via mobile....and it doesnt even show the dumb,lol. Anyway,that is a 200,000 dollar mustang,1150hp. Two crazy insane numbers!!lol
Kirk Williams (Thu, 05 Apr 2012 06:16:17 -0700): Mine is plenty at 450 hp.. wild at 1000+ hp.
David Gregory (Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:03:40 -0700): The HP numbers are probably fake too!
David Gregory (Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:14:59 -0700): Won't catch me paying $200,000 for a Mustang!
Jimmy Purnell (Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:13:29 -0700): Haha, Who'm I kidding, 1000HP would be awesome!


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