If Ford actually comes to market with a new GT, then we'll be right there with them.

With the debut of its audacious 1000 horsepower GT500 at the New York Auto Show earlier this month, you might be wondering what direction Shelby will be headed in the future. After all, they can't just keep adding more horsepower to the Mustang. Can they?

Shelby president John Luft tells us that while they will continue producing post-title Mustang packages (they have a product plan for the pony car through 2020), the company is also considering branching out to other vehicles in the Ford lineup.

"Our plans include everything from the Mustang to looking at future development of the EcoBoost motor," he told us. "There could be a Focus or Fusion development in our future."

The plans don't stop there, though. Luft revealed to us that Shelby is considering producing another halo sports car like they did in the late 1990s with the Series 1.

"We always pose the 'what if'. If you remember when the Series 1 was developed, that was a purpose-built halo sports car for the Shelby brand. We always put those things in the plan because maybe down the road we would want to readdress a purpose-built Shelby sports car. It doesn't mean we'll build it, but we always want to challenge ourselves to put it on the table and talk about the practicality of it."

Keep reading for more insights into Shelby's plans for the future.
Luft admits the conditions would have to be right for a new Shelby sports car to happen, but doesn't count out the possibility.

"All the variables have to come into play – what's the economy like and what the industry is doing – but I've learned to never-say-never. It could very well be that we could collaborate with Ford and create a new one-off Shelby halo vehicle. Who knows? But we always add things like that into our product plans because it causes us to pause and look at things beyond the Mustang in the Ford lineup."

Luft also says that if Ford produces another supercar like the GT, Shelby won't miss the opportunity to produce their own version.

"If I could wind the clock back we would have had a Shelby package for the Ford GT. It would have been natural. I've heard rumors – and you've probably heard them too – of Ford bringing back the GT. Trust me, we will not be asleep at the wheel this time. So if Ford actually comes to market with a new GT, then we'll be right there with them. We will not miss that window again."



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      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am so sick of hearing about Shelby. So much hype. And as I recall, the Series 1 was powered by Oldsmobile's 4.0 L L47 Aurora V8 DOHC engine. I dont know why they think anyone believes they are Ford Faithful just because they are a bunch of Mustang tuners hold up in Vegas. I think SVT is doing a much better job than anything Shelby could do. The next GT should be an SVT GT, like the SRT Viper. Hermann Salenbauch @ SVT is much better equipped to create compelling products than Shelby people like: John Luft (marketing guy), Gary Davis (self proclaimed "hot rodder"), or Carroll (whatever he does....)
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Perhaps you mean the GT500 should be by SVT, not the GT. The Mustang GT is done by Ford and the GT500 is done by SVT and Shelby just slaps the badging on it. The only thing Shelby does anymore is the GT500 Super Snake and even then they are just adding to what the SVT group did.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          No, Ford GT, the supercar built in 2005-2006. The fact that "GT" is also part of a certain Mustang's name is just a bit confusing. It's like the Porsche Carrera GT having nothing at all to do with a relatively plebian 911 Carrera.
          Jon Bowen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          you clearly havent seen the gt350 or the new shelby 1000.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Completely forgot the Ford GT, that makes sense now and I agree Ford needs another GT now that the Viper is back and the C7 Vette is on the way. Sure, I forgot the GT350 and the 1000 (which is really just a Super Snake with a bigger supercharger), but you forgot the Shelby GTS.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
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      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Shelby Focus would be very interesting. Like a modern day GLHS.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shelby Fiesta? I imagine the Explorer is also a solid possibility, for better or worse.
      haelphadreous
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they want to put the 3.5l ecoboost into an AWD Fusion and price it reasonably (under 40k) I would be game.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am all for performance versions of the Fusion and Focus, I just wish that they did not have Shelby's name on them.
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is going the opposite way that it should. He needs to go ahead and die, then Ford can bring back SVT along with $15k price cuts due to not using this old bastard's name any longer. The '60s are over, and happen to be the last decade where he mattered at all.
        Jon Bowen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @montegod7ss
        if you wanna be an SVT fanboy thats fine, but don't disrespect shelby. he did more for the mustang than any other person.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @montegod7ss
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      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've said it before and I'll say it again. We need a Domestic Evo/STI. Full-time AWD (Helical LSD front, Torsen Center, Clutch-Type LCD rear) Twin-Scroll Turbo 2.0 I4 with at least a 650cc injector and minimum 47lb/hr capable turbo. Stock HP between 270-330. Manual 6 speed. Stiff chassis tuning and a real bolstered racing seat. Target a low 13 high 12 1/4th mile. Sell it all day long in tuner stipper form for $32,000 lacking AC, sound deadening, powered windows/chair. Sell a more upscale version with a nice leather interior and nav screen for $37,000. Perhaps offer a DSG with paddles since that's all the rage even though we only need a manual for this to sell. I've just spec'ed out the car myself and most other import enthusiasts would buy. Something like this would be a game changer since there are a *lot* of people who want this type of car but are *not* going to buy the Evo or STI due to it not being American. Thus you can't look at Evo/STI sales figures but rather ask the public. Blocks Fiesta has shown that people really like the car and respect it's performance.
        David Rios
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        YEAH!!! i'm with you with that one ACID TONIC!!! i would pay premium for it!!!
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Sounds like a successor to the Sierra Cosworth - that was never sold in the US because people in the US dont get it and will not pay the premium $ for those features and set up. sad.....
        HydraulicDragon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Looks like you shoukd read up on the new AWD turbo Fusion... 250ish hp and awd, for a lot less than $37k.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they stuff a supercharged Coyote V8 into a rear drive converted manual tranny Focus or Fusion that would be th coolest thing ever.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting.....lets see where this goes. If anything, Lincoln needs a performance line. MKS, MKZ, perhaps MKT and MKX. Make an MKZ coupe and performance model. Make the MKS a 550hp awd or rwd luxury sedan. Change the industry.
      Jai302
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if Ford would buy out Shelby sometime soon and make it their own performance line/brand to go head to head with the likes SRT, or maybe even ///M and AMG. Of course Shelby sounds a lot cooler and original than SVT and a Shelby Explorer, for instance, would sell more than a Ford Explorer SVT, just because of the name
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jai302
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      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      if Shelby official will buy Australian Ford Falcon platforms sedan , ute and coupe will be without Ford Motor Company. in fact Shelby will get a original currently Mustang. it will version Shelby Mustang will base of standard Ford Mustang and high performance Shelby Mustang GT will base of Ford Mustang GT. Shelby company will buy the solid Mustang from Ford Motor Company. if Shelby will be first public commercial TV. If Shelby will make reach agreement to Saleen, Roush and other brands near future. if Roush will might buy currently Ford F150 and Super Duty. if it will might merger for Shelby and Roush will without to Ford Motor Company. why Shelby and Roush will owns for old Fords platform with RWD rear wheel drive and AWD all wheel drive will related Australian Ford Falcon platform , Australian Ford Territory , Ford Mustang, Ford F-Series and Ford Expedition. future Shelby and Roush will study new retro Ford Torino, Ford T-Bird, Ford Fairlane . Ford GT. Lincoln Town Car, Continental and Mark Series will be fight and against to Rolls Royce or Bentley. Ford has changed from old Fords with RWD to greener Fords with FWD, I think Shelby and Roush brands will powerful profit . Ford will become weaker brand for greener and Eco cars models will all FWD. .
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        I have no idea of what you've just said.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
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      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart. Shelby will become Ford's SRT brand. Chrysler is having great success with SRT and Ford is looking to mirror that opportunity. With SRT planning another Viper, with a greater flexibility in style and execution than the stunning, classically influence 2013 SRT Viper, and a Cuda "super coupe" in the works, Ford needs something. As a Chrysler fan, I see this as positive move for Ford and motivational for SRT, to keep the heat on with great performance choices that beat their competition in every way. After all it is SRT !
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
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