For some, the horsepower wars being waged by auto manufacturers over the past few years are getting a bit out of hand. A 550-hp factory Camaro? A 650-hp factory Mustang? Ridiculous. But if you count massive amounts of gas-guzzling horsepower and torque a crime (we don't), then the worst of all offenders is perhaps Shelby. Last year at the New York Auto Show, the company unveiled its most powerful creation to date: the 2012 GT500 Super Snake, with up to 800 horsepower. And while 800 hp is just bonkers, Shelby's next trick is even more insane.

Today, Shelby American has revealed the 2012 Shelby 1000. The name of, course, is taken from the car's horsepower figure, which is around 950 in street trim and around 1,100 in the S/C track version. To harness the extra power, Shelby has installed a beefier suspension, larger brakes, a single-piece driveshaft and a nine-inch rear end, but we're guessing it will still be quite a handful on the street.

Only a limited number of 2012 Shelby 1000 models will be produced, with the post-title package (not including the base GT500 donor car) starting at $149,995. That means the total cost will ring in at right around $200,000. Shelby says that it will start taking orders once the car is officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show next week. Hit the jump for the official press release.
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NEW YORK – March 27, 2012 – Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), will introduce its most powerful Shelby yet 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 www.shelbyamerican.com after April 5, 2012.


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      deeeznuuuts83
      • 2 Years Ago
      Outside of bragging rights, burnout competitions and drag strips (assuming you throw on some drag radials), where exactly is this much power going through the rear wheels going to be useful? The various GT500 Super Snake models with 600+ hp from years ago were already short on traction. I'm not saying that the 800/950/1100 hp offered isn't bad ass, but it's almost pointless and fairly difficult to exploit. I think that Shelby could've made a street-legal race variant of the Mustang stripped of its interior (but without looking like the inside of a drag car) with lightweight, race-purpose components inside, kind of like the Boss 302 Laguna Seca but maybe a bit more hardcore.
        Law school=no car $
        • 2 Years Ago
        @deeeznuuuts83
        That would be awesome! You are exactly right. Make the power to weight ratio as good as you can and you would sell a poopload of them.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must have magic tires with magic rubber that gives you magic grip.
      ZeGerman
      • 2 Years Ago
      These guys win the contest for worst photoshopped image of 2012 with their "wheelstand" photo at the drag strip... It only takes a few seconds to see that there is fuzzy alterations underneath the front tires, no rear suspension squat, no front suspension droop, and there is NO WAY you could ever wheelstand a car on full tread street tires. Also, the depth of field as seen through the rear window does not match the rest of the photo.
      You guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      200k for a Mustang? Bwaaaaahhhahahahahahaha!
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford, build a new Ford GT with a motor like this.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would at least buy something cool like a Viper and take it to Underground Racing to get the 1000HP treatment for my $200K......
      Maverickfiveo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had two initial thoughts on this: 1) Why would I want to spend $200,000 on a Mustang? For that coin you're approaching the Gallardo/Aston Martin/SLS range. Even if you're a died-in-the-wool Blue Oval man, you're in the Ford GT tax bracket. Who looked at a GT and thought, "It'd rather have something less controllable and more common-looking." ...which leads to my second question: 2) Is it possible for a Mustang to be a sleeper? I mean, it's a Cobra, so everyone knows it's fast, but even people who think it's fast won't think it's THAT fast.
      Osama
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better drive it near a tire shop for when you decimate the tires every 6 to 8 minutes of driving.
      JKM
      • 2 Years Ago
      DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WICKED FUXXING BADAXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem is not horsepower but traction. Adding more power does nothing for traction. The only cool thing I see here is the 9 inch rear end..... Expect to see one doing 25mph in a 40mph zone with some old guy who barely has a grip on reality behind the wheel. Since old men drive fast cars slow, I would expect a really fast car to be driven *really* slow.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should make for quite a beast at the strip
      gallandof
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope the image is just preliminary photoshop work. those tires in the rear dont look suitable for a stock mustang GT, let a lone a 950+ HP beast. have an option when you buy it for either slicks for drag or a racing compund for track. Those who will daily drive this car will be able to buy regular performance tires themselves, especially at this price point.
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