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NY LIVE: 1,200 horsepower Shelby 1000

by Andrew Ganz

Shelby American unleashed 1,200 ponies on the New York show today.

Based on Ford's new 5.8-liter V8-powered Shelby GT500, the 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C amplifies output to a staggering 1,200 horsepower when properly equipped.

Moreover, Shelby American says that the Shelby 1000 S/C runs on standard pump gas, not ultra high octane racing fuel.

The S/C builds on last year's 1,100 horsepower Shelby 1000. But the 2013 model is based on Ford's latest 662 horsepower Shelby GT500 and it includes the factory-built car's launch control, adjustable suspension and other upgrades.

Shelby said in a release that it starts with the standard 5.8-liter V8 but it strengthens internal components, improves cooling, adds larger brakes and tweaks the suspension. Only the "track version" is rated at 1,200 horsepower, but Shelby says that even its highest performance model still runs on standard gasoline.

Upfitting a Shelby GT500 to Shelby 1000 S/C specs runs $154,995 plus the cost of a base GT500. Shelby American says it will build 100 examples, each individually numbered and documented in its Shelby Registry.

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