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The 950-horsepower Shelby 1000

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Published on Fri, Mar 30, 2012

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

2012 Shelby Mustang GT 1000 coupe

Shelby caught heat for accidentally releasing a doctored photo of the Shelby 1000 with airborne front wheels.

When Chevrolet announced that its Camaro ZL1 will make 580 horsepower, Ford responded that its 2013 Shelby GT500 will make 650 horsepower. Not satisfied with the wait, Shelby then announced its 2012 Super Snake model will put out 800 horsepower. Well, Carroll Shelby himself evidently decided that 800 is not enough, and so a 950-horsepower Shelby 1000 will be introduced at the New York International Auto Show. And, oh, there will be a track-oriented S/C edition rated at over 1,100 horsepower. "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."

2012 Shelby Mustang GT 1000 coupe

To build the 1000, 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, and replaces the supercharger. To complement the new power, Shelby says handling and stopping capabilities are improved, with six pistons in front and four pistons in the rear, while the suspension includes new struts, sway bars and bushings. The new solid driveshaft is connected to a new nine-inch rear end. Exterior cues incorporate aerodynamics while maintaining a stealthy appearance. The hood, rear panel and splitter are functional pieces. The car company says 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. LA Car readers interested in reserving a car can contact Shelby American at 702-942-7325 or visit after April 5, 2012. About Shelby American, Inc. Founded by Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. The company offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang.

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