As part of their display for this year’s SEMA automotive aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Shelby American has announced the return of their 1000 horsepower model.
Previously available from 2012 to 2014, the original Shelby GT500-based 1000 produced 1000 horsepower (745kW) and was set-up to be a drag strip weapon. This new version is described as being more suited to circuit competition – so presumably it handles better than the original. Additionally, the new Shelby 1000 has not been emissions complied for road use in the US, so will only be offered as a track car.
While the Shelby 1000 presented at SEMA is based on a 2018-model Mustang, Shelby American say they will offer the conversion on 2015 and newer Mustang GTs as well.
The transformation of a 2015 and later Mustang GT begins with the replacement of the stock 5.0-litre V8 with a 5.2lt supercharged ‘Alluminator’ engine that features best-of-the-best internals, a traditional 90-degree crank, modified GT350 cylinder heads and a 4.5lt Whipple supercharger. Shelby adds a litany of equipment necessary to make or sustain a thousand ponies, from a new high flow fuel system to a new exhaust and special tuning of the intercooler, transmission and ECU.
Then Shelby American’s craftsmen widen the car’s track with custom bodywork…
“We do far more than just add horsepower and cosmetics to the Shelby 1000,” explained Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and head of development. “We replace every major component to create the ultimate track machine. The result is a car that will slice through corners and blast down straights with amazing ease.”
To the Mustang GT base, Shelby adds an all-new front fascia, bonnet, front guards, sill panels, rear quarter-panels, rear diffuser and much more. Shelby also widens the car’s front and rear track by 4.5 and 6 inches respectively, primarily to fit wider wheels and tyres, as well as fully-adjustable coil over suspension and huge Brembo brakes, along with hardened wheel studs and stronger spindles and hubs.
“The 2012 through 2014 model year Shelby 1000 was based on the 5.8L Ford Shelby GT500, and while we significantly altered the suspension, it was best suited for the drag strip,” said Patterson. “The new Shelby 1000 is an entirely different car designed to be the ultimate road course warrior.”
Achieving this goal was not easy, Shelby American says, because the current generation Mustang is far more complicated than the previous platform, mainly due to the addition of independent suspension at the rear, as well as a completely new chassis.
“Since Ford dropped the solid axle rear end, we had to take an entirely new approach,” said LaViolette. “Not only did we build strength into the car with components like heavy-duty halfshafts and CV joints, we revised the entire suspension by using tubular adjustable upper and lower control arms, as well as fully adjustable coilovers. We then added 10 and 12 inch forged wheels with sticky 20-inch rubber to maximize traction with this high level of power.”
Shelby American will begin building Shelby 1000s in the first quarter of 2018, with the package available for any V8 Ford Mustang built since the 2015 model year. The package will be exclusive, though: only 50 per model year will be built. Each car will be documented in the official Shelby Registry.
The beginning MSRP for the package is US$169,995.00 (AU$221,500 approx.), which does not include the Mustang GT base unit.
Melbourne-based Mustang Motorsport
is Australia's only authorised Shelby mod shop (convertor and provider of current Shelby vehicles). For more information about the Shelby 1000, visit: shelby.com