If 4 Wheels News and Mustangs Daily are correct, there’s something wicked under development at Shelby American. Not content with a mere 550 horsepower from a stock Ford Shelby GT500? Shelby American is said to be working on their own version, which will use twin turbos to produce an estimated 1,000 horsepower at maximum boost from the GT500’s 5.4 liter V8. For those times when slightly less power (and, hence, longer engine life) is desirable, the driver can dial down the amount of boost provided.
Virtually every component of a stock 2011 GT500 is enhanced or replaced, hence the package’s $100,000 price tag. That money nets you a whole lot of go-fast parts, including six piston brake calipers front and rear, an adjustable Ford Racing suspension, a 10 point roll cage in lieu of the rear seat, a dual fuel system allowing the use of both pump gas and race gas, enhanced engine cooling, a 9” rear end, an air locker differential, 20” wheels and tires and a functional hood scoop. Buyers also get carbon fiber mirror covers, rocker panels and front fascia, and a revised interior.
There’s no word yet on whether or not this car will be a go, but I’d sure love to see it built. I’d even be willing to take a turn behind the wheel, as long as the track had smooth paving in the corners and lots of runoff room. I’ve never driven a car that truly scared me, but I think the Shelby version of the GT500 just might have the right pedigree to do so.