New generation Shelby 1000 drops, now with less horsepower

The new generation of the Shelby 1000 has arrived during SEMA week at Shelby American’s Las Vegas production facility as a 1,000-horsepower package available for any V8 Ford Mustang built from the 2015 model year on. The road-course-focused beast features track-tuned suspension, bodywork and brakes, plus a new supercharged V8.

The hotrod swaps the GT500’s stock V8 with a 5.2-liter engine mated with a 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger, a 90-degree crank and modified GT350 cylinder heads. It also gets a new high-flow fuel system, intercooler, upgraded manual transmission, electronic control unit and tuning. The body features a new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust and widened front and rear track. Underneath is a fully adjustable coilover suspension, stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, wider wheels and tires, and a Brembo braking system.

The previous-generation Shelby 1000, based on 2012 through 2014 model-year GT500s, was based on the 5.8-liter engine that made 1,200 horsepower, so the new version is actually less powerful. A spokesman tells Autoblog that the 5.8L is no longer available and that the output will be higher than 1,000 hp. Shelby also says the current-generation Mustang is more complicated than the previous platform, making the new Shelby 1000 an entirely different car.

“We do far more than just add horsepower and cosmetics to the Shelby 1000,” Vince Laviolette, Shelby American’s vice president of operations and head of development, said in a release. “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.”

Unlike the previous-generation Shelby 1000, which was offered in both street and off-road configurations, Shelby said it opted to make the new generation purely an emissions non-compliant track car. Prices begin around $170,000, not including the actual Ford Mustang GT. Only 50 per model year will be built, starting in the first quarter of 2018.