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Ford Revving Up to Celebrate Mustang’s 50th

But will an all-new pony car mark the upcoming anniversary?

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new Mustang logo marks the countdown to the pony car's golden anniversary.

Ford Motor Co. is saddling up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that original “pony car,” the Mustang.

And it’s going to get plenty of help, with 50 different companies planning to join in for the celebration by producing a wide range of products meant to commemorate the special occasion, everything from Mustang-emblazoned jackets to watches to videogames.  They’ll use a new black-and-white logo featuring the familiar galloping horse over the words, “50 Years.”

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The Mustang is “a timeless statement,” contends Ford’s Chief Creative Officer J Mays, who oversaw the creation of the new logo – and who is playing a crucial role in the development of the next-generation Mustang expected to come to market sometime next year, closer to the official golden anniversary.


New Shelby 1000 S/C Set to Shake up Big Apple

At 1,200 hp, modified Mustang charges into Bugatti territory.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Shelby pushes into Bugatti territory with the new 1000 S/C - at barely a 10th the price.

While the legendary Carroll Shelby may be gone, but the Las Vegas-based tuner house he launched some years back is determined to make sure his name lives on, as we’ll see at the New York Auto Show this week.

Just a year ago, Shelby American rocketed out its 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, but apparently that isn’t enough power for some of its fans. So, this year, its heading for New York’s Jacob Javits Center with an updated version of that modified Mustang designed to push into Bugatti Veyron territory.

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Shelby claims its new, $154,995 version will now make a fiery 1,200 horsepower out of its rebuilt 5.8-liter V-8, making it “the world’s most powerful street production muscle car.”

Declares John Luft, the president of Shelby American, “The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”


Family Settles Dispute Over Carroll Shelby Burial

“We want to get my dad in the ground.”

by on Jul.24, 2012

Swing low, sweet chariot....Carroll Shelby, shown here during his racing days, may soon be buried.

More than two months after his passing, legendary racer and raconteur Carroll Shelby is close to finding his final resting place – or, more accurately, resting places – as his widow and children settle the bitter dispute that had Shelby’s body held in a Dallas morgue since his May death.

The dispute centered around questions about who actually had the final say in the disposition of Shelby’s remains.  His children claimed to have had a signed directive that would have split Shelby’s remains between them and a burial plot in East Texas, where he was born.  Shelby’s sixth wife and widow, in turn, insisted she had power of attorney and that the document used by his three children was a forgery.

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Authorities in Dallas, where Shelby died, had suggested they might consider bringing charges in the case considering the potentially criminal claims being made.  But a settlement appears to sidestep that possibility and allow the one-time chicken farmer to finally be put to rest.  It calls for the body to be cremated and the ashes divided between his four survivors with one additional portion of the remains set aside for the burial plot.


Mustang Gets World’s Most Powerful Production V-8

More power but more mileage, as well.

by on Apr.27, 2012

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be the first 200 mph American muscle car.

The supercharged 5.8-liter engine in Ford’s newly-updated Shelby GT500 has officially been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers as the world’s most powerful series production V-8.

The big powerplant, used in Ford’s top-end Mustang, will make 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.  That works out to just over 114 horsepower per liter – and it’s enough to propel the pony car to a top speed of 200 miles per hour, putting it into the rarified atmosphere normally reserved for such European exotics as the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Aventador.

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But what’s equally impressive, the maker boasts, is the fact that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will get 24 mile per gallon on the highway, a 1 mpg boost over the 2012 model, which made “just” 550 horsepower.  The city mileage is up 1 mpg, as well, at 15, with a combined rating of 18 mpg.  That’s enough for Ford to avoid the unwanted gas guzzler premium that often scares potential buyers away.


Shelby American Rolls Out 950-hp Mustang

A real prancing pony.

by on Mar.27, 2012

The Shelby 1000 makes 950 hp on the street, 1,100 on the track.

When Carroll Shelby says he’s got a new muscle car on tap, take him seriously.  The legendary automotive raconteur’s latest take on the Mustang will deliver enough tire-squealing torque and horsepower to make gold-chained Ferraristas duck for cover.

That’s 950 hp, to be precise, only slightly less than the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron ultracar makes.  And that’s for the street legal version of the Shelby 1000 that will take its bow at the New York Auto Show next week.  The track-ready pony car bumps the number all the way up to 1,100 horsepower.

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Since the former race car driver-cum-automotive entrepreneur first teamed up with Lee Iacocca, back in the mid-‘60s, Shelby has never shied away from the challenge of pumping a little more power out of a Mustang.  The latest offering takes things one very large step beyond the last Mustang upgrade from Shelby American, the GT500 Super Snake “only” able to make a measly 800 hp.


Shelby GT500 Super Snake to Hit 800 Horsepower

New York debut for domestic supercar.

by on Apr.07, 2011

The 2012 Shelby GT500 bumps up to 800 hp.

Carroll Shelby has never been one to take a back seat in the muscle car race, so if a Lamborghini  is ready to settle with a mere 700 horsepower, it just seems somehow natural to expect the Texan’s team to weigh in with 800.

Yep, the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 in the Ford Mustang-based GT500 Super Snake will make an astounding 800 horsepower when the 2012 model rolls into showrooms.  That’s nearly 200 more ponies than the first GT500 made at launch in 2008 – but even more impressive, perhaps, it’s 100 more than you’ll get out of the new Lamborghini Aventador – for barely a third the price.

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All right, perhaps you won’t get quite the bragging rights or quite as sophisticated a platform as the raging bull offers with the carbon fiber 2-seater, but Shelby insists the Super Snake is more than just a gussied up Mustang.


First Look: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500

Track performance from a street fighter.

by on Feb.08, 2010

The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 features a stiffer body and plenty more horsepower.

It may be a brand icon, but it’s easy to dismiss the Ford Mustang as the sort of muscle car your neighbor kid is likely to drive when he can’t afford a serious piece of performance machinery.

Anyone who makes that mistake is likely to be left idling when the stoplight turns green if the kid in the next lane is driving the Ford Shelby GT500.  The 2010 edition was the fastest street-legal Mustang spin-off ever, but the man in the black hat is back in town, and working with Carroll Shelby, Ford has come up with an all-new version of the snake charmer that is expected to do an even better job smoking tires.

The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 features a new 5.4-liter all-aluminum V-8 that is “heavily derived” from the Mustang GT’s new five-oh V-8.  And, it turns out, the automaker really means it when it says, “all-aluminum.”  Gone are the traditional iron cylinder liners.  In their place, the maker has used a novel technique to bathe the cylinder walls with a plasma-coated liner that significantly reduces friction, improves cooling, and should boost durability.

Other powertrain changes for 2010 include a larger intercooler, which improves efficiency by 40%, and a revised supercharger.


The new powertrain in the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 is a full 102 pounds lighter than the engine in the ’10.  It also makes about 10 more ponies, boosting the figure to a full 500 horsepower.  Torque stays put at 510 pound-feet, but it comes on sooner, 80% by 1750 RPMs, and holds almost all the way up to redline.  Power is delivered to the tires through a 6-speed short-throw manual gearbox, a holdover from the 2010 GT500.