By on November 22, 2019


Shelby has been synonymous with the Mustang since Ford started manufacturing the GT350 in 1965 — cementing the model’s role as a certified performance machine. While Shelby Mustangs haven’t been available every year, Ford has lately been careful to include them in the lineup (if you haven’t noticed, there’s a horsepower war raging between domestic manufacturers, and the 760-hp Shelby GT500 is one of the main combatants).

But what happens as automakers transition into electrification? With a greener mindset spurring the change, these companies don’t seriously intend on delivering unnecessary high-performance models — do they?

You bet your ass they are. We’re already seeing them entering production, and Ford is now tentatively planning a Shelby variant of its all-electric Mach-E. Given its transition from “Mustang inspired” to “part of the Mustang family,” it’s now fair game.

This is all still very early talk, but engineers reportedly told evo that the company has already decided to start making moves on a Mustang Mach-E Shelby.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of applying the Shelby characteristics to an electric car,” explained Ford Performance engineer Ed Krenz. “The trick for us is the fun-to-drive part, and sustainability in terms of charging. It needs to be capable to go all day on a trackday — you can’t do 20 minutes and then have to charge it all night.”

Considering Ford targets 0-60 mph blasts in the sub-4-second range for the Mach-E’s GT variant, any hypothetical Shelby version would have to be an absolute beast for the automaker not to totally embarrass itself. The GT500 lives on the border of Crazy Town with it’s 760  horsepower, so the Mach-X Cobra-E-Jet had better, too.

All that power is bound to drain the battery swiftly but, with models like the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S already proving it’s possible to sell ultra-fast electrics, it doesn’t seem out of the question for the Blue Oval to try and do the same. It may not make perfect sense for a brand like Ford, but it’s already playing fast and loose with its industrial heritage. Might as well go all the way.

[Image: Ford Motor Co.]

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17 Comments on “Rumor Mill: Is Ford Planning a Mach-E Shelby?...”

  • avatar

    Eh, who cares.

    • 0 avatar

      This reads as a desperate attempt to keep this boring lump in people’s consciousnesses in the wake of Tesla’s wedge pickup huckstering. Tesla’s distraction is captivating and bold while all Ford has to offer with this insipid econobox is iconoclasm, so here they are pressing that button a little harder.

  • avatar
    Thomas Kreutzer

    Collectability will be right up there with the Omni GLHS.

    And that’s coming from a guy who proudly owned a Shelby Charger…

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    Art Vandelay

    If they do, it will likely be the fastest production Mustang…scratch that…fastest production Ford ever to grace a drag strip.

    I love it. It will be awesome when the YouTube videos of Hellcats trying to keep up at the strip surface.

    • 0 avatar

      You sure became a huge fan of factory drag racing in the past month.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Eh, I am really a slow car fast kind of guy. I just think its funny a 4 door crossover has the potential to be better at the strip than the one trick ponys built especially for that purpose and then folks complain that it doesn’t sound right doing it.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t get the love for drag racing electric cars? I mean we could also set the Mach E up against a fighter jet.
      At the end of the day a late 60s early 70s pony car is 100x more interesting even at lower speeds. Same goes for a hellcat, the power of an internal combustion engine will always be more exciting than a soulless electric motor.

      Set up all the comparisons you want but no one gets excited by EV 0-60s except for those few people who are emotionally invested into such.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        It’s funny…the anti EV arguments used to be about range and recharge time. As those begin to be addressed it became about subjective things like sound and feel.

        I have never honestly been a huge drag fan or a Mustang fan. I do find the factory all out drag efforts interesting like the Thunderbolts and Demons and what not but if I were buying one then yeah, it would concern me a 4 door SUV might be quicker.

        • 0 avatar

          The Urus, Trackhawk, and AMG 63 SUVs are already quicker in a straight line than my Viper, which doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of my car in the least.

          Unless you’re driving a Top Fuel dragster on the highway, there’s always something out there faster, so why let it bother you?

        • 0 avatar

          I’m not a Demon or Redeye buyer so I can’t speak to that demographic but a Mach-E being faster down a drag strip than a Mustang GT or Supra or M2 isn’t going to bother me. I do very much like a quick car (enough that I would be interested in an EV with a sporty body style) but being the *absolute fastest* isn’t my only priority. I also don’t street race ever and when I do go to a drag strip on amateur night I’m just doing it for fun not to dunk on things slower than me.

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    Spicy Tuna Maki!!

  • avatar

    Rumor Mill: The Truth About Cars will be rebranded as the The Truth About the Mach-E.

  • avatar

    Already used the Mustang name with the Mockery Mustang, why not ruin the Shelby name?

  • avatar

    Suggested tagline: “Quicker than some pickup trucks.”

  • avatar
    Michael S6

    Shelby is going to supercharge the battery.

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