Ford Mustang Shelby GT
In 2006, Carroll Shelby and the Ford Special Vehicle Team joined forces to create a modern successor to the famous Shelby GT500 of the late 1960s. The result was the 2007 Shelby GT500, the most powerful factory-produced Mustang ever. Then, in a throwback to the famed Shelby GT350H "Rent-A-Racer" program from the 1960s, Ford Motor Company, Shelby Automobiles and The Hertz Corporation produced a special run of performance-modified Mustang GTs, designated Shelby GT-H, available for rent at select locations across the country.
The 2007 Shelby GT is the result of dealers and customers clamoring for even more Shelby Mustang magic. While the 500-horsepower Shelby GT500 represents the ultimate in Shelby Mustang performance, the Shelby GT is positioned as a more dynamic, more engaging version of the Mustang GT. With sharp reflexes and a track-ready suspension, the Shelby GT is an everyday driver that’s tuned for command performances at the track. Production is limited in volume, assuring its exclusivity like all Shelby Mustang models.
“Our goal is to offer a steed for every need,” says Barry Engle, general marketing manager, Ford Division. “The Shelby GT is a low-volume, extremely collectable Mustang for enthusiasts. It offers a few more customers the opportunity to experience the magic of Mustang and Carroll Shelby firsthand.”
Shelby GT models begin as a stock Mustang GT assembled at the AutoAlliance International assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The cars are then shipped to the Shelby Automobiles facility in Las Vegas for modification before delivery to Ford dealerships.
Under the hood, a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Package (FR1) increases the output of the naturally aspirated, three-valve, 4.6-liter V-8 to 319 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. The Power Upgrade Package includes a 90 millimeter cold-air intake and a new performance engine calibration system for improved response. The high-flow exhaust system with X-pipe crossover offers better power delivery and a throaty V-8 exhaust note that makes this car unmistakably a Shelby.
To put that extra horsepower to the ground, Shelby GT comes with the Ford Racing Handling Pack (FR3) with special-tuned dampers inspired from the Grand-Am Cup championship-winning FR500C race car. There are also unique sway bars and a 3.55:1 ratio rear axle assembly for extra off-the-line acceleration. A front strut-tower brace adds additional strength to the chassis structure.
The new coil springs drop overall ride height by an inch-and-a-half for a more aggressive stance and reduced body roll. To showcase the key performance modifications, Ford Racing painted all the key suspension components – dampers, springs and swaybars – Ford Racing Blue. High-performance P235/50ZR18 BF Goodrich gForce T/A KDWS tires maximize the benefits of the chassis upgrades.
Shelby GT comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission featuring a Hurst short-throw shifter for precise shift action. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Source: Ford press