Shelby American has made it public knowledge over the past few months that their focus as a company will be shifting more towards aftermarket parts production and away from turn-key cars. Before hanging up their collective saddle in the custom Mustang world, Shelby American has decided to make one last project car. Only problem is, they don't know which project to choose. That is where we all come in!
Shelby is known for putting out plenty of high-horsepower Mustangs, with a unique race-inspired styling to match. This time is no different, but the real choice is what platform to build off of. Shelby has posted four custom Mustang projects on their website and outlined what each one brings to the table. One project takes a 2007-2009 style Shelby GT500, while the other three models are all different variations on the 2011 Mustang line-up.
The concept for this project is an all-out powerhouse of a Shelby GT500. Shelby wants to bolt-on a twin turbocharger system to the 5.4L V8 engine block to produce 1,000+ horsepower. Adding to the obvious upgrade of a tubrocharged system, Shelby plans to include a Baer front & rear 6-piston caliper system, Ford Racing/Eibach suspension upgrade, custom Shelby exhaust, a 10-point roll cage with rear seat delete, wide-body package, a 9" rear axle and a plethora of other goodies to make the interior and exterior look as good as this car will perform. The price for something this fierce, is planned to run you about $100,000.
On the other end of the spectrum, this project is planned as a "Performance Value" package. Starting with a V6 model, this Mustang will focus a little more on the appearance with its new style GT350 body kit and Shelby badges. Performance parts for this package include a Borla exhaust kit and a Baer ERADISPEED rear brake kit. This project could run you anywhere between $9,000 and $12,000, depending on the extra options you add-on to the base package.
This project is the counterpart to the V6 model "Performance Value" package. Using the 5.0-liter V8 instead of the V6 Mustang, this kit is a similar collection of upgrades found in the 2010-06a package. Optional upgraded performance enhancements will include a Baer 6-piston brake system, supercharger, upgraded suspension components and a Goodyear street-racing tire package. This kit will also run between $9,000 and $12,000, depending on the options you choose.
Taking the 2010-06b project a step further, this package includes everything the "Performance Value" package offers, but adds a cherry on top with a Ford Racing or Kenne-Bell supercharger. The same optional add-ons will also be available. This project will be a little more expensive than the 2010-06b, but will still run under $20,000.
So which project calls to you? Can you see yourself adding on any of these packages to your 2011 Mustang or 2007-2009 Shelby GT500? If so, head over the the page outlining all the packages on Shelby American's website and tell them which project you prefer and why! Your vote counts!
Source: Shelby American