Fifty years ago, Carroll Shelby and Hertz saw an opportunity to put customers in the driver’s seat of high-performance special edition Shelby’s. Ford supplied the new Mustangs with V8 engines and mostly automatic transmissions, Shelby added extra performance and style to create the Shelby GT350-H. Hertz took this high-powered pony and gave the public access to a unique driving experience through what was known then as its new “Rent-A-Racer” program.
Car enthusiasts can once again experience the thrill of driving a souped-up Mustang. Ford, Shelby, and Hertz unveiled a special run of performance-modified 2016 Ford Mustang GTs named the Shelby GT-H that will be available for rent beginning Memorial Day weekend exclusively through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select airport locations in the continental United States.
“The 1966 Ford Shelby GT350-H became a legend from the moment it was introduced,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Ten years ago, the 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H earned the same ‘rock star’ status when it was introduced at the New York Auto Show. We worked closely with Ford Performance to make the 2016 Shelby GT-H the most exciting Mustang ever to wear the iconic Hertz black and gold livery.”
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H has a classic, muscular look and enhanced performance capabilities such as sharper handling, improved power, and a sweet exhaust note.
As with the past two generations, the 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H is instantly recognizable with several styling cues that celebrate its heritage. Each Shelby GT-H will wear black exterior paint, set off with gold racing stripes, a hallmark of Hertz vehicles dating back to the 1920s. Shelby’s traditional “Le Mans” dual racing stripes are combined with a set of rocker stripes that include special “Shelby GT-H” nomenclature. Each car will also wear a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders, and feature Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates and a numbered badge.
Ford Performance is supplying a cat-back performance exhaust for that throaty sound that will make this car unmistakably a Shelby Mustang GT-H. To put all of the horsepower to the ground, the Ford Shelby GT-H also comes with the Ford Racing Handling Pack, including special-tuned dampers, lowering springs, sway bars, and a staggered wheel kit. The Shelby GT-H rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels wearing high-performance Michelin rubber.
To hint at the 5.0liter V8 engine’s capabilities, the Ford Shelby GT-H is fitted with a unique Shelby-designed vented hood, carbon fiber front splitter, and rear spoiler. Special badges appear in the front grille, rear faux gas cap, and trunk lid. Inside, Shelby GT-H logos are on the head restraint, sill plates and floor mats.
Ford Shelby GT-H Specifications
- Ford Performance Parts
- Ford Performance Handling Pack
- Ford Performance cat back Exhaust with chrome tip
- Staggered Wheel Kit
- Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires 255/40ZR19 (front) and 275/40ZR19 (rear)
- Matte black 19-inch wheels with GT-H wheel center caps
- Shelby Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
- Shelby GT-H Polycarbonate Hood w/ Hood Vents
- Shelby GT-H Upper and Lower Grille
Shelby GT-H Rocker Panels with Carbon Fiber Accent Plates
- Shelby GT-H Rear Spoiler
- Shelby GT-H Gold Striping
- Hertz Front Fender Emblem
- Powered by Ford Performance Emblem
- Shelby GT-H Front Grille Emblem
- Shelby C-Pillar Emblem
- Rear SHELBY Letters on Trunk Lid
- Faux Gas cap GT-H Logo
- Washer nozzle relocation kit
- Shelby GT-H Dash Plaque
- Shelby GT-H Head Restraint Cover Set
- Shelby GT-H Sill Plates LH/RH
- Shelby GT-H Floor Mats
- Shelby GT-H engine plaque
- Shelby GT-H engine cap kit
Shelby American will build the cars at its assembly facility in Las Vegas. With total production expected to number only around 140 units exclusively destined for Hertz rental fleets across the country, this special-edition car will give Hertz customers a truly exclusive driving experience.