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.
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.