This could be epic.
If you had to pick two of the most exciting cars from the Ford stable, the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ford Bronco would probably make up the enthusiast's ideal two-car garage. The former is insanely quick and the latter is insanely capable off-road. So they're very different vehicles built for very different purposes, but that didn't stop a circuit race between the two from happening. The below video shows how it went down, and as you'd expect, the Bronco is severely outpaced and needs to take more than a couple of shortcuts to stay in the race, but it's the end of the video that piques our interest.
As the video draws to a close, Shelby American CEO Gary Patterson suggests that Shelby ought to apply its unique touch to the Bronco, to which Shelby Hall responds that it's a great idea. We saw a one-off based on a similar idea cross the auction lot earlier this year, albeit with the 1972 Bronco, but the idea is clearly one worth pursuing. We know that Ford is working on a hardcore version of the Bronco called the Warthog, but this will be more off-road focused than any other Bronco. Shelby American, on the other hand, is all about going faster.
Sadly, all we have for now is the suggestion that there will be a Shelby Bronco, so we don't know if Shelby will look to extract more power from the current range-topping engine - a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 generating 310 horsepower - or if the the plans could involve a V8 of some sort. We don't doubt that it would be possible to make a V8 work, perhaps even with a supercharger, but the issues of cost and demand will play a role. Although this is just a teaser, you can bet that Shelby is working on making a faster version of the Bronco. And you can bet it will be worth the wait, whatever engine it has.