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Yesterday, we got word of a new Shelby Mustang to be unveiled at the NHRA Winternationals, and now Shelby has released official details of the new model, a race-only R-Model commemorating Jerry Titus' 1965 SCCA Championship with the original Shelby GT-350R. Naturally, we assumed the car would be based on the 2010 model year, but the 2007-2008 Shelby GT will actually be used as the base platform.

Each car gets a plethora of performance upgrades, including a Ford Racing supercharger good for 550 horsepower, a six-speed Tremec TR6060 transmission, 3.73:1 gears, Grand-Am spec roll cage, side-exit exhaust system, differential and transmission coolers, racing brakes with cooling ducts, unique grill, carbon fiber rear wing, and an "R Model" dash plaque. Production will be extremely limited, with Shelby promising to only build up to 37 examples, the same number produced as the original R-Model, at total cost of $134,995. The cars won't be legal for street use, but they do qualify for NASA American Iron's Extreme class. No pictures of the car have been released yet, but we will be sure to bring them to you as soon as we get our hands on them. Hit the jump for the press release from Shelby and more details on the new R-Model Mustang.

[Source: Shelby Automobiles]

UPDATE: The Model-R is not making its debut at the NHRA Winternationals.


Four decades after Shelby and Ford collaborated on a race version of the legendary Mustang, the companies are offering a limited edition track day version of the Ford Shelby GT. Ford Racing and Shelby Automobiles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CSBI) will commemorate the 1965 SCCA championship of Jerry Titus and final production of the current generation Mustang by offering up to 37 total 550 horsepower Shelby GT "R Model." The 2009 Shelby GT "R Model" will be available for US$134,995.

"In 1965, my team built 37 small block 'R Model' race-only versions of the Shelby GT350 Mustang that kicked tails on circuits worldwide," said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby Automobiles. "Working with Ford Racing, we're going to build a new track day 'R Model' version of the Ford Shelby GT. It'll be lots of fun to drive and ready to rip up the pavement right out of the box."

The track day car will be featured as a "Jerry Titus Drivers Edition" to honor his 1965 "B Production" championship, which was the first for a Shelby Mustang. Jerry was one of the special drivers who piloted Shelby Mustangs to total domination on the track. Not only did he win the first championship, he broke the story of the "R Model" to the world in Sports Car Graphic and was instrumental in its development. The 2009 Jerry Titus Edition "R Model" lives up to his performance legacy.

The "R Model" version of the Mustang will be a purpose-built track car based on the same 4.6-liter V8 that powers every Ford Shelby GT; the vehicles cannot be registered for the street. Additional power will come from the Ford Racing/Whipple Twin Screw intercooled supercharger installed by Shelby and mated to a T6060 GT500-based six speed transmission before the Shelby team inserts them into the race-ready chassis. Each will be painted white with silver stripes and documented in the Shelby Registry. The racer qualifies for the NASA "American Iron Extreme" class and an excellent all-around track car that is uniquely Shelby.

"From the competition brakes to the straight pipes, this fantastic car is worthy of the 'R Model' designation," stated Amy Boylan, President of Shelby Automobiles. "Working closely with Ford Racing, we engineered a car with the balanced handling, serious power and spectacular brakes that serious enthusiasts want. And just like the car driven by Jerry Titus in 1965, this Ford Shelby GT 'R Model' showcases our expertise in an affordable, turnkey package."

The "R Model" is based on the 2007-08 model Ford Shelby GT. The streetcar is a well-balanced, fun to drive machine that leveraged Shelby's experience making Mustangs go faster.

"The Shelby name has stood for performance since Carroll began building cars for the track in 1962," added Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North America Motorsports. "Track Day enthusiasts have been asking for a contemporary Shelby and Ford Track Car for some time, so we at Ford Racing are pleased to team up with Shelby Automobiles to build a handful of very special cars. We look forward to watching them roar past Camaros and Challengers when they show up at the track."

2009 Ford Shelby GT "R Model" track day car highlights:

  • 4.6-liter supercharged V-8 producing an estimated 550-horsepower
  • 6-speed manual transmission with GT500 clutch, Ford Racing short- throw shifter and 3.73:1 gears
  • Grand-Am spec roll cage
  • Upgraded cooling system including differential and transmission coolers
  • Shelby performance side exhaust system
  • Lightweight production chassis with tuned suspension tuning including new springs
  • Shelby-designed 18-inch wheels with racing tires
  • Racing brakes with front brake cooling ducts
  • Unique grill featuring classic Shelby 'R Model' design
  • 'Shelby' lettering across the front edge of hood and rear decklid, Shelby badges on the quarter panels
  • Carbon fiber rear racing wing with billet stanchions and carbon fiber splitter
  • White with silver stripes livery and racing mirrors
  • Carroll Shelby autograph on each car and official Shelby "R Model" dash plate
A limited number will be built; orders will be accepted starting today by calling Shelby Autos at (702) 942-7325.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like it'll be a pretty slick package. I'd like to see some pictures of it, though. Hopefully it's got the looks to back up the power!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't care if carol Shelby farted on the car. No 2010 mustang is worth 100k plus. For 100k you better get a custom independent rear suspension on that car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Everytime a Mustang gets a new paint job, +20HP, or a new letters behind its name, we can always count on Drew Phillips to spam Autoblog with this worthless news.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And we can count on you to whine about the article instead of skipping over it.

        Grow up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very cool, really want to see some more pictures
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take the original '65 R-model please. Certainly would be much lighter than anything new. I could probably build a replica of a '65 R-model for less than 100k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just realized I said the same thing as shoe007. In response to shoe though, I have had my coffee (Dunkin Donuts) and yes you could build a replica of an original R-model for less than 100k, assuming you got a '65 fastback for fair money. You could get most of your parts from Mustangs Plus, they have alot of fiberglass stuff and aggressive suspension components.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK, I am a Mustang/Shelby fan, but I really question this. Unless they are going for the "Vintage Racer" crowd (and I don't see how, with a new car), I don't see who will buy this car. Any race team with $135k to put down on a car will almost certainly build their own, right?

      "based on the same 4.6-liter V8 that powers every Ford Shelby GT"

      It better be "loosly based'. 550HP out of a stock 4.6 will be a pretty quick recipe for disaster. If that engine isn't heavily built with a new bottom end, then it will probably last two circuits of the track. And why supercharged? I thought most track cars were NA?

      • 6 Years Ago
      hell yeah! looks great, i've been waiting for an r-model mustang for quite some time, itching to see more of it.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I scanned by yesterday's post, but when I saw today's picture my heart stopped. I was so excited for about 5 seconds because I thought this was somehow going to be a "continuation run" like the Cobras that Caroll Shelby released a few years ago. The original GT350 R-model has been at the absolute top of my dream list since I was little. I hold none higher, It holds a spot above the 959 and the E-type Jag to me.Like the previous posters I was dissapointed to see that it was yet another variant of the modern Mustang.

      To me It begs the question, If it is going to be a track day car anyway, why not replicate the original? Surely it would have to be cheaper to produce and certify? I would imagine that the repo parts are still widely available and it would be truly unique. Using this logic I would also think it could hold a much higher profit margin as well. Not like I have the money, but I would much sooner drop $100k on a certified repo of the original (as I am sure the remaining originals are worth stupid money) than on some variant of the new Mustang that happens to be white with blue racing stripes.

      I apologize in advance if my numbers and assumptions are way off, but I have not had any coffee yet and I had to pick myself off the floor after the dissapointing shock of the above article.
        • 6 Years Ago
        AFAIK, no one reproduces the '64-'66 Mustang body at the moment, so Shelby would have to buy 40+ year old Mustang shells to rebuild into these race cars. It could be done, but odds are it would not be practical. Reproducing a body takes a good deal of investment, so don't count on it happening unless there is a significant demand. (Though you'd think there would be a demand for new bodies by now)

        However, '67-'68 and '69-'70 bodies are repopped, so I suppose race Shelbys could be produced off of them. I'm not sure if that would be the same for you though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "4.6-liter supercharged V-8 producing an estimated 550-horsepower"

      4.6? hmmm...

      Yeah but how fast will it go around the ring? hahaha. Since that seems to be the performance stat of choice on this blog for the past year and a half.
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