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Shelby shows 1,000hp track-only Mustang

by Ronan Glon
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The upgrades are available for 2015-2018 Mustangs.

Shelby has announced an upgrade package that turns the Ford Mustang GT into a force to be reckoned with on the track.

Named Shelby 1000, the model is based on the 2015 and newer Mustang GT. The most important upgrade is found under the hood, where the tuner stuffs a 5.2-liter V8 engine fed by a 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger. The eight-cylinder makes 1,000 horsepower, which explains the car's name, and it gains an array of upgrades required to reliably make that kind of power. Shelby calls the 1000 "the ultimate road course warrior."

The 1000 also receives wider front and rear tracks, an adjustable coilover suspension, and Brembo brakes. Visually, it gains a full body kit that includes wider fenders and quarter panels, a front splitter, a new hood with dual vents, and a handful of model-specific design elements on both ends.

The modifications continue inside, where Shelby has removed the rear seats to save weight. The tuner also added a four-point roll bar, a Shelby gauge cluster, and, oddly enough for a track car, Katzkin leather upholstery on the two remaining seats. Photos of the cabin haven't been released yet.

Shelby stresses the 1000 is purely a track car because getting the 1,000-horsepower engine to meet emissions regulations was too difficult. It can convert any 2015 and up Mustang GT to 1000 specification, but production is limited to just 50 cars annually. Pricing starts at $169,995 excluding the cost of the donor vehicle. If you buy new, plan on spending at least $205,000 on the 1000.