Only 50 Shelby 1000s will be produced per year - none will be road legal.
At this week’s SEMA show, renowned Ford tuner Roush revealed an insane custom Mustang featuring a widebody kit, Sherwin-Williams Grabber Green finish inspired by the 1970 Boss 429 and a Roush Performance Supercharger kit that massaged the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 to produce over 700-hp. Not to be outdone, Shelby has shown off the latest iteration of its legendary 1000 model which, as the name suggests, packs a whopping 1,000-horsepower under the hood.
Based on the current Mustang GT, Shelby replaces the stock V8 with a 5.2-liter supercharged engine that “features best-of-the-best internals.” It also features modified GT350 cylinder heads and a 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger. To help the modified Mustang cope with such monumental power, Shelby has added a new high flow fuel system and intercooler, upgraded the transmission and tweaked the ECU. Then there’s the bespoke body panels. “We do far more than just add horsepower and cosmetics to the Shelby 1000,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby’s 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.” Further distinguishing the Shelby 1000 is an all-new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust, among other bespoke parts. Shelby widens the car’s front and rear track before installing a fully adjustable coil over suspension and huge Brembo brakes, along with stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, wider wheels and tires. “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 Shelby’s president Gary Patterson.
“The new Shelby 1000 is an entirely different car designed to be the ultimate road course warrior.” This was no easy task, since the current Mustang’s platform is more complicated than the previous generation due to its independent front and rear suspension and new chassis. “Since Ford dropped the solid axle rear end, we had to take an entirely new approach,” LaViolette explained. “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," he continued.
We then added 10 and 12 inch forged wheels with sticky 20-inch rubber to maximize traction with this high level of power.” While the last-gen Shelby 1000 was available in both road and track guises, the new model will be restricted to the race track due to emissions regulations. Shelby will upgrade any V8 Mustang built from 2015 with the 1000 package limited to 50 models per year. Prices start at $169,995 – and that doesn’t include the Mustang GT donor car.