It’s hard not to notice when Shelby says that this is the world’s most powerful street production muscle car. And we think Shelby is on the money. Their 2013 S/C 1000 packs in 1200 horsepower and looks this good. Frankly, for the aficionados, the deal is sealed right there and then.
Based on a GT500, the S/C 1000 is actually quite an achievement because despite the ridiculous horsepower numbers, it runs on pump gas and in relation to the output, the displacement isn’t some ridiculous ship-rivaling figure. The motor is in fact Ford’s new 5.8-litre V8 that has been stripped down, strengthened and rebuilt to withstand the power ground-up. To cope with all that power, it runs a performance cooling system and a proper big brake package. It’s more of a necessity rather than a spec-sheet highlight, we’re guessing.
The folks at Shelby say that the Shelby 1000 will beat the pants off exotics costing 3-4 times and while that may be true in a straight line, on a circuit, we’re not so sure because the Americans aren’t exactly known for the handling finesse of the cars, more so on big-block muscle cars. Now since the LaFerrari has just been introduced, it would terribly interesting to watch the Shelby 1000 race against those 963 italian thoroughbreds. Shelby-Ford vs Ferrari Round 2. Fight!