Hertz and Shelby are working together again. To celebrate a partnership spanning more than half a century, the two companies have teamed up on some all-new Mustang Shelby GTH vehicles. One of them has 900 horsepower. This may not be a good idea.
Hertz and Shelby began working together in 1966 when 1,000 Mustang GT350s were sent into the rental company’s fleet. The cars were finished in black with gold stripes, and were later sold to the public as Shelby GT-H models. The Shelby GTH back with Fifth generation Mustang in 2006. Only 500 coupes and 500 convertibles were built between 2006 and 2007. All of them had a 4.6-liter V8 with 319 horsepower.
Now, Hertz renters will be able to choose between two flavors of Shelby Mustang. The “base” version would be the GT-H, shown above, which has special paint and wheels, but is not unlike the Mustang Fun Collection, which is largely a stock GT-H with a high-performance exhaust system.
But you don’t want that. The one you want is the GT500-H. Hertz started with a 760-hp Shelby GT500 engine and replaced the factory Roots supercharger with a 3.8-liter Whipple unit. A larger throttle body, cool air intake and dual-scroll intercoolers increase power output to 900 horsepower, a 140 horsepower increase over the standard GT500. Aluminum wheels with performance tyres, tinted windows, special badging, and a carbon fiber hood make up the exterior changes. Nineteen of the GT500-Hs will have shade black paint and six in white. “Hertz and Shelby American have once again created the magic of leadership,” says Stephen Sher, CEO of Hertz.
However, this magic can be contaminated. Putting a special-edition 900-horsepower muscle car into the hands of renters doesn’t seem like the safest idea. While Hertz was under intense scrutiny allegedly Hundreds of customers arrested on false car theft chargesAdding a high-powered, extremely limited muscle car to the mix is definitely an odd choice. The Shelby/Hertz partnership is expected to last for three years, and the GT500-H will only be available at select airport locations.