Hertz to Start Renting Out 900-HP Shelby Mustang GT500-H

Hertz to Start Renting Out 900-HP Shelby Mustang GT500-H


In 1966, Shelby American joined forces with Hertz for its Lease-a-Racer program. Legend has it that all the factor began as a manner for Carroll Shelby to promote 1,001 modified Ford Mustangs, successfully conning the rental company into paying for the privileges of promoting his merchandise. However the ensuing Shelby GT350H has turn into a little bit of a legend, with the surviving examples persistently going for six figures at public sale.

Truly, Hertz was already providing high-performance automobiles years earlier than Shelby bought concerned and the pair had beforehand labored collectively to supply the Cobra in 1962. Their marriage solidified the corporate’s efforts to often present prospects with the chance to drive one thing actually superb to drive. Whereas the Mustang (together with the Corvette) remained a staple for North America, Shelby fashions wouldn’t return till 2006 delivered a second incarnation of the GT350H, to be adopted by the 2016 GT-H. Hertz and Shelby American have confirmed a brand new partnership — one which has resulted within the 900+ horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500-H. 

“Hertz and Shelby American have created driving magic once more,” mentioned Stephen Scherr, CEO of Hertz. “This partnership has made automotive historical past many occasions over time, and we sit up for future collaborations that can proceed to each push limits and delight our prospects with thrilling vehicles and experiences.”

The automotive in query relies on the Shelby GT500 you should purchase straight from Ford Motor Co. However, moderately than preserving the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 on the inventory 760 horsepower, Hertz elected to have the mannequin juiced as much as over 900 hp. This required Shelby to make some modifications, with the largest being a 3.8-liter Whipple supercharger (painted gold for Hertz) and a Borla cat-back exhaust system that’s certain to upset the neighbors. Luckily, they received’t be yours, since this can be a rental automotive.

Further modifications embody a carbon fiber “deep-draw” hood Shelby mentioned saved about 30 kilos and a singular set of 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin efficiency rubber. We assume meaning no matter sport tire Hertz can supply after the earlier renter transforms their set into slicks.

You’ll in all probability by no means have a chance to drive one, nonetheless. Regardless of the three-year dedication, manufacturing of the Shelby shall be extraordinarily restricted they usually’ll solely be delivered to pick areas with the power to service them. That quantities to only over two-dozen vehicles unfold throughout eleven North American cities boasting hotter climates.

From Hertz:

Every of the 2022 Shelby Mustang Hertz fashions shall be immediately recognizable with distinctive styling enhancements that commemorate a wealthy efficiency heritage. Nineteen of the Shelby GT500-H fastbacks will put on shadow black exterior paint and 6, to honor Shelby American’s sixtieth anniversary, shall be clad in oxford white. The Shelby GT-H fastbacks and convertibles shall be out there in speedy crimson metallic, oxford white, carbonized grey and shadow black exterior paint. All shall be set off with gold “Le Mans” twin racing stripes and set of particular rocker stripes, together with Hertz Version and Shelby sixtieth anniversary emblems. Inside, Shelby and Hertz logos are on the seats, sill plates and ground mats; a numbered badge shall be on the sprint and beneath the hood. The supercharger on the Shelby GT500-H is gold hued for Hertz’s livery.

Clients must be ready to spend $399 per day on the GT500-H, assuming they’re lucky sufficient to order one within the first place. Nonetheless, the 451-hp Shelby GT-H will nonetheless be round to supply broader availability at a considerably decrease price. Although, in the event you’re critical about renting both, you’ll in all probability wish to be part of the mailing checklist for high-performance Hertz automobiles and phone the company earlier than they begin arriving this summer season.

[Images: Hertz]

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September 2022