As if last year's 800-horsepower GT500 Super Snake wasn't enough, Shelby has just taken the covers off their lastest creation, the "1000" at this year's New York Auto Show. The muscle coupe comes in two flavors – the 950 horsepower street version and the track-only 1100+ horsepower S/C – although the difference seems like a moot point when it comes to a car's capability on the Pirelli street tires. A massive Kenne Bell 3.6L supercharger is the main source of the increased engine output, while a variety of chassis and drivetrain enhancements ensure that the additional horsepower and torque is delivered to the pavement.

Besides being the most powerful production car ever to come from Shelby, the 1000 will also be one of the most exclusive. Shelby President John Luft tells us that just 100 of the examples will be built with a starting price of close to $200,000. If the idea of a six-figure Ford Mustang seems like a hard sell, then you're underestimating the lure of the Shelby brand. While the company has refused to take orders for the car before its debut, Luft informs Autoblog that the company already has a waiting list of more than 30 customers anxious to plunk down their hard earned cash for the model.

You can read full details on the 2012 Shelby 1000 in the press release by scrolling below and take a look at our live photos of the car's debut in the gallery above.
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NEW YORK – April 5, 2012 – On the eve of its return to the New York International Auto Show, 50 years after the company made its debut, Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), unveiled the world's most powerful series of muscle cars. Named the Shelby 1000, the 50-state, street-legal car is the high performance dream of founder Carroll Shelby. The Shelby American team enhanced the power, braking and handling of the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 to create a hyper-performance muscle car available in both street and competition versions.

"We launched Shelby American with the Cobra at the 1962 New York Auto Show," said Carroll Shelby. "The 289 Cobra was considered pretty radical at the time. For our return 50 years later, I wanted something just as incredible that will show how far we've come and where we're headed for the next 50 years."

The Shelby 1000 was born in Carroll Shelby's imagination in 2011. Having just achieved 800 horsepower with the famed Shelby GT500 Super Snake, he and his band of modern day hot rodders at Shelby American believed that they could enhance Ford's well-engineered car even more.

"Carroll modeled the Shelby 1000 on the same philosophy as he did in the '60s, using a balance of horsepower and handling," added John Luft, president of Shelby American. "Carroll was actively involved in every aspect of the Shelby 1000's development, from the design to the testing and ultimately his final approval. Once again, Shelby American is making history and rewriting the rules for performance."

The Shelby1000 will be offered in both street and Shelby 1000 S/C "off-road" track versions. The street legal, pump gas version dyno's out at approximately 950 HP, while the track oriented "S/C" version is rated at over 1,100 HP.

"We didn't simply turn up the boost to get this level of horsepower," explained Gil Navarrez, Shelby American's Speed Shop director. "We took the serious hot rod approach by taking Ford's 5.4 liter engine down to the block, and beefed up the internals by machining it for new rods, crank and pistons. We also flowed the heads, revamped the cooling and improved the exhaust. With a choice of a Kenne- Bell 3.6 liter or the new Whipple 4.0 liter supercharger and tune, it will crank out serious power all day long."

Shelby's enhancements didn't stop at the engine. The Shelby American team worked closely with engineering partners like Ford Racing, Borla, Tremec and Kenne Bell to create the ultimate, handcrafted muscle car.

"This car is the total package," noted Gary Patterson, vice president of operations. "It was conceived as the ultimate Shelby and honed during substantial testing. It's the most powerful Shelby based on a Ford Mustang that has ever been built at Shelby American."

The rear end was replaced with a high performance 9-inch unit; the brakes include 6 pistons in front and 4 pistons out back. The driveshaft is a stronger unit while the suspension includes new struts, sway bars and bushings. The hood, rear panel and splitter are functional pieces for performance.

"We did focus groups with Shelby customers, and even showed them our initial styling designs," explained Vice President of Production Gary Davis. "They overwhelmingly asked for this stealth exterior approach. Something cast in the mold of the most serious muscle cars of the '60s. Everything was engineered and designed with a 'form follows function' philosophy."

The result is a Shelby with subtle, yet substantial changes. From the interior touches to the hood, wheels and aerodynamic styling, the car is stripped to its bare essence. In keeping with its 50th anniversary theme, a limited production of 100 Shelby 1000s will be built. Each will be numbered and documented for the Shelby registry.

The post-title package for the Shelby1000 starts at $149,995 and the track S/C version starts at $154,995, not including the base GT500. A completed Shelby 1000 is expected to be approximately $200,000.

Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition Shelby 1000. Those interested in reserving a car should contact the Shelby American Sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.


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      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do wheelie bars come standard?
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      You could get a new GT500 (which still has Carroll's name on it), tack on a bigger blower to match this power, all the supporting mods, and a set of drag radials for probably half the price of this, and I'm being generous. Besides, you would need drag radials to use that power anyways, as the GT5
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        00 is not the king of traction with stock power levels, and I understand there isnt much room for super wide tires.
      Hi There Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carroll's Ultimate Mustang. At least for this month.
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      requires donor GT500
      Carlos Vargas
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other words this is nothing more than a glorified bolt on special? Shelby why have you sold yourself so cheaply? What happened to the days when Shelby would make GT350s and 500s from a body in white and re-engineer everything?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
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      tritonstrategies
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess some rich guys will see if their kids can make some money on this "investment" since dad will probably be dead before these things creep up in value.
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just noticed something that most people might already have known...Those rim look like a bunch of horse shoes...I assume that was the point...but cool none the less.
      Anstoneyo Banderas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would I want this when the 2013 GT500 has 650hp, and can get up to 200mph?
      tributetodrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol @ 200K for 1000hp
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take the new Viper every single day of the week over this, thanks.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J
        I'll take the 2013 GT500 over this any day!
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike
          Boo with the thumbs down. I mean take a 2013 GT500 over this 2012 based Shelby 1000 not the Viper.
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      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Shelby Mustangs turn more heads than exotics for whatever reason...
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Really? Park a Shelby GT 500 on the street of any downtown city. Park a (choose an exotic here...Enzo, Aventador, Ford GT, Saleen S7) right next to it. Still think the Shelby will turn more heads? Hell, do it with this. Not saying they are not awesome cars...but your average person will just think its another done up 'stang.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        I meant all Shelby Mustangs past and present
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Highly doubt it. 99% of people can't tell a Shelby from a regular Mustang
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Mustangs, no doubt turn a lot of heads, particularly the 2005 - current and the originals. They turn a lot more heads than many cars that are far more exclusive than it. That said, to say it would turn more heads than an exotic, such as a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ford GT, or even a Viper is a bit of a stretch. People see a Mustang and instantly know what it is. When people see an exotic, they are more than likely to wonder what the heck it is, or if they do know, they are still more to look because they can appreciate how rare it is. The only way I see any Mustang turning more heads than something exotic is if it is being used to transport the president, or is involved in some such a scenario as high speed police chase, or careening out of control at WOT towards a sidewalk full of pedestrians.
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