Some news from my friends at Shelby American I thought you might enjoy. I’ve long felt that the current range of (mostly supercharged) Shelby American-built Shelby Mustangs (not including the Ford factory GT350, a much different animal, confusing as that may sound) are fabulous, but too expensive, and that Shelby American needed to get back closer to the Shelby GT Formula that was such a success in 2007/08.
This is that and hopefully will do well. Enjoy the read…MS
Expanding on 50+ years of tradition and performance, Shelby American unveils the all-new 2017 Shelby GTE at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The all-new Shelby GTE is immediately available in North America
Shelby GTE delivers high-performance for an enviable price with unlimited upgrade options through the Shelby Performance Parts catalog
LAS VEGAS – Sept. 2, 2016 – Leveraging more than 50 years of passion and performance, Shelby American, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), today unveiled the all-new 2017 Shelby GTE (for Enhancement) during Mustang Club of America’s celebration at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Inspired by the success of the Shelby GT and Shelby GT-H programs, the Shelby GTE offers legendary performance at an affordable price.
“From the Ferrari-beating Shelby Cobra to the 1965 Shelby G.T.350, Shelby American has always delivered world-class performance at a great value for everyone, not just the one percenters,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Our newest cars are cast from that same mold, delivering affordable excitement for everyone. When the public begged for a version of the Ford Shelby GT-H rental car that they could own, we applied the winning formula from the Hertz program to the Mustang. Working with our friends at Ford Performance, we created an affordable car that delivers full-throttle excitement and remarkable styling.”
In 2006, Shelby, Ford and Hertz launched a new rental car program. When the public clamored for a consumer version of it, the 2007 Shelby GT was launched and sold through American Ford dealers. The Shelby GT matched the performance capabilities of the rental version but could be optioned with a manual transmission and as a convertible.
Ten years later, Shelby GTE is based on the all new world-class Ford Mustang. Complete with an independent rear suspension and several powertrain options, it is the best performance Mustang in history. With Ford now exporting the Mustang globally, plans are being developed to offer the Shelby GTE outside of the USA and Canada, also.
“Every high-octane attribute expected of a Shelby car is incorporated into an affordable package that will be available at any of our North American mod shops,” said Keith Belair, COO of Shelby American. “The Shelby GTE gives every fan the opportunity to drive the sports car of their dreams.”
Under the hood of this Shelby,customers can choose Ford’s iconic 5.0 V8 engine that pumps out 456 horsepower or the powerful 2.3L Eco-Boost engine that delivers a head turning 335 horsepower. Additional performance upgrades include a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust and handling pack, as well as 19 inch Ford Performance wheels.
One look at the pony car reveals unique Shelby styling. The car is fitted with official badges, Shelby-designed vented hood, carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler. Inside,it also features Shelby GTE logos on the head restraint, sill plates and floor mats.
Unlike the rental car program, the Shelby GTE is available in either fastback or convertible, as well as manual or automatic transmission. Thanks to Shelby’s network of partners, enthusiasts will be able to experience world-class performance that has become synonymous with the Shelby brand.
“The Shelby GTE can be easily tailored for the road or the track, or even both” said Shelby American Vice President Gary Patterson. “And with our full range of Shelby performance parts, the possibilities are endless. If you can dream it, we can build it.”
Shelby American introduced the all-new Shelby cars at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Mustang Club of America’s 40th anniversary celebration. After the unveiling and presentation of Shelby American’s latest Mustang, the all-new Shelby GTE will move to the Dallara Indy Car factory.It will be the centerpiece of a special Team Shelby event.
The cars will be assembled by Shelby American at its assembly facility in Las Vegas or authorized North American mod-shops. Every car will be listed in the official Shelby Registry. For more information about the all-new Shelby cars or a list of authorized dealers worldwide, visit www.shelby.com.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car and Daytona Coupe component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GTE, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby Terlingua Racing Team post-title packages for the 2005-2017 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor and Shelby F-150 muscle truck. For more information, visit www.shelby.com.
Shelby GTE Specifications:
Ford Performance Parts
Ford Performance Handling Pack
Ford Performance cat back Exhaust
Ford Performance Power Pack:(V8 only): 456* Horsepower / 424* lbs-ft of Torque
Shelby GTE Engine Tune
2.3L EcoBoost engine tune: 335* Horsepower / 390* lbs-ft of Torque
Shelby spec performance tires
Ford Performance wheels (19×9 front and 19×5 rear)
Shelby GTE hood & vents
Shelby GTE upper and lower grilles
Shelby GTE rocker panels with carbon fiber accent plates
Shelby GTE rear spoiler
Shelby GTE striping and badging
Ford Performance front splitter
Powered by Ford Performance emblem
Shelby GTE front grill emblem and Shelby c-pillar emblem
Rear GTE emblem
Washer nozzle relocation kit
Shelby GTE dash plaque
Shelby GTE head restraint cover set
Shelby GTE sill plates
Shelby GTE serialized dash plaque and engine plate
Backlit Shelby GTE door sill plates
Shelby GTE headrests
Shelby GTE floor mats
Shelby GTE engine plaque
Shelby GTE engine cap kit
Factory Supercharger (5.0L), 670 to 750+ horsepower
Track ready cooling systems: engine, transmission, brakes and differential
Forged Shelby wheels
Track ready suspension systems
One-piece drive shaft
3:73 or 3:55 gears
Shelby twin disc clutch kit
Carbon fiber body components
Convertible light bar
Painted Or raw finish:
Hood and rockers
Tail light panel
Interior seating upholstery upgrade
Shelby multi-gauge cluster
Shelby engine cap kit
Rear seat delete kit
* Estimated specifications with ratings to be finalized