Car enthusiasts often quip that you can never have too much (or even enough) horsepower, but we think Shelby American might be approaching that limit. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra, the company has cooked up two new Ford Mustang variants, the 950-hp Shelby 1000 and the 1100-hp Shelby 1000 S/C.
The first-ever Shelby Cobra was unveiled 50 years ago at the New York auto show, and it's on display again at this year's show. And while Shelby American president John Luft claims the original car "changed the face of performance forever," it's got nothing on the performance upgrades of the Shelby 1000 and Shelby 1000 S/C. Luft also said that 89-year-old Carroll Shelby was involved to the point that his "hand prints are all over this car." He planned to be in attendance but was unable to travel to New York for health reasons.
Starting with the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 as its canvas, Shelby American added a larger supercharger and upgraded many internal components of the 5.4-liter V-8 engine -- bringing peak power to 950 hp, up from 510 hp in the stock car. The Shelby 1000 S/C is a track-only model that adds an even larger supercharger and Borla exhausts, bringing total power to an outrageous 1100 hp.
To help keep all that power in check, both Shelby models also receive a tougher rear end, bigger brakes, Eibach adjustable suspension, and a functional front splitter and rear diffuser. Interior touches include unique seats and extra A-pillar-mounted gauges. Shelby plans to build just 100 such car conversions total. The Shelby 1000 will cost at least $150,000 -- not including the cost of the donor 2012 Shelby GT500.
For more on the 2012 Shelby 1000 and 1000 S/C, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 New York International Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our New York Auto Show homepage.