• Mar 28, 2012

As impressive as the Shelby 1000 is, someone at Shelby apparently thought 950 horsepower wasn't good enough. With a few clicks of the mouse, a photo of one of the muscled-up pony cars was given a little drama to boost excitement.

At first, Shelby's official line was that nothing in the photo was altered except shadows and that, yes, the super Shelby's front end did in fact lift several inches off the ground in the photo you see above.

But anyone with at least one good eye can see several problems. Apparently, that does not include the Autoblog staff. We totally missed it, but one of our attentive readers, ZeGerman, caught it well before anyone else.

First, there's an odd blur just beneath the front passenger side tire and just a sliver remains of the tire that was airbrushed out. If you're gonna fake a photo, show some skill.

Second, a wheelstand would be virtually impossible to do with that much horsepower on street tires.

Third, check out those rear tires. They're standing stock still and, as another reader, gtv4rudy, points out, there's light showing through the tread. The rear tires aren't digging into the tarmac at all.

Shelby, rightly, now admits to Drive On at USA Today that the front wheels were lifted not by a super powerful engine, but instead by super powerful photo manipulation software. Why, Shelby, why? You had us at 950 hp!

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Greg Haverford
      • 2 Years Ago
      The easiest thing for me to spot is that the front suspension is still loaded, as if it is on the ground. The front wheels should be extended, instead of tucked up under the fenders if there's no weight on them. Plus the host of other problems you've pointed out.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not to mention the most glaring issue—the front suspension is still completely compressed.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, the front suspension would be unloaded.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was just thinking, look at that front camber angle!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? Someone doctored reality in their advertising? Wow, there's a shocker!
      Jack Davies
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quite a few errors actually, the main one being the very obvious clone marks where the passenger side tyre would have been on the floor. Blur marks, rear wheels not spinning. Very very amateur job, I'm amazed a company such as Shelby would hire somebody without even a basic understanding of how to use Photoshop. Source: I render vehicles for a living. Been using Photoshop for 7 years. www.jackdarton.com
        Jack Davies
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack Davies
        It also pisses me off to no end that freelance artists such as myself have to work our asses off for half of what Shelby would have paid the guy to produce this piece of crap. And to answer something further down, yes - the vast majority of pictures you see are modified, usually to lean up irregularities, smooth out colour transitions, lighting etc.
          Dark Gnat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jack Davies
          Toddley obviously doesn't know how difficult landing a graphic's job can be.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jack Davies
          If you're so good, then get off the internet and send some people your resume.
      My Lord Vader
      • 2 Years Ago
      all these comments and no one has blamed Bush or Obama -- this must be a serious ooops by Shelby America
        • 2 Years Ago
        @My Lord Vader
        its bush and obamas clintons rep and dem .all i want is more cow bell man.//////////
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shelby American has lost its way. Even their "base" post title package the GTS costs what a Boss 302 does. Given the factory performance now, there is little reason to get your bank account bled dry for a "official" Shelby package.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't go through all the comments to see if anyone posted that the most glaring detail from this picture is that even if it could do a wheel stand (impossible on street tires) the front tires would drop down. This is probably the worst Shop ever I hope it was a joke. To bad it's so crappy it's not even funny.
      Ben Hayat
      • 2 Years Ago
      No matter what, where and how, when you cheat & lie, it catches up with you.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You also missed the fact that the front suspension was in load mode (tires are cambered in at the top as they would be unde a load). If the front end was actuall in the air, the tires would several inches lower than the top of the fender wells.
      • 2 Years Ago
      just think about how many stars are photo shopped i bet thier tires haven't been off the ground in years lol
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