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

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
hertz to begin renting out 900 hp shelby mustang gt500 h

In 1966, Shelby American joined forces with Hertz for its Rent-a-Racer program. Legend has it that the entire thing started as a way for Carroll Shelby to sell 1,001 modified Ford Mustangs, effectively conning the rental agency into paying for the privileges of advertising his products. But the resulting Shelby GT350H has become a bit of a legend, with the surviving examples consistently going for six figures at auction.

In actuality, Hertz was already offering high-performance vehicles years before Shelby got involved and the pair had previously worked together to offer the Cobra in 1962. Their marriage solidified the company’s efforts to occasionally provide customers with the opportunity to drive something truly glorious to drive. While the Mustang (along with the Corvette) remained a staple for North America, Shelby models wouldn’t return until 2006 delivered a second incarnation of the GT350H, to be followed by the 2016 GT-H. Hertz and Shelby American have confirmed a new partnership — one that has resulted in the 900+ horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500-H.

“Hertz and Shelby American have created driving magic again,” said Stephen Scherr, CEO of Hertz. “This partnership has made automotive history many times over the years, and we look forward to future collaborations that will continue to both push limits and delight our customers with exciting cars and experiences.”

The car in question is based on the Shelby GT500 you can buy directly from Ford Motor Co. But, rather than keeping the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 at the stock 760 horsepower, Hertz elected to have the model juiced up to over 900 hp. This required Shelby to make some modifications, with the biggest being a 3.8-liter Whipple supercharger (painted gold for Hertz) and a Borla cat-back exhaust system that’s bound to upset the neighbors. Fortunately, they won’t be yours, since this is a rental car.

Additional modifications include a carbon fiber “deep-draw” hood Shelby said saved about 30 pounds and a unique set of 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin performance rubber. We assume that means whatever sport tire Hertz can source after the previous renter transforms their set into slicks.

You’ll probably never have an opportunity to drive one, however. Despite the three-year commitment, production of the Shelby will be extremely limited and they’ll only be delivered to select locations with the ability to service them. That amounts to just over two-dozen cars spread across eleven North American cities boasting warmer climates.

From Hertz:

Each of the 2022 Shelby Mustang Hertz models will be instantly recognizable with unique styling enhancements that celebrate a rich performance heritage. Nineteen of the Shelby GT500-H fastbacks will wear shadow black exterior paint and six, to honor Shelby American’s 60th anniversary, will be clad in oxford white. The Shelby GT-H fastbacks and convertibles will be available in rapid red metallic, oxford white, carbonized gray and shadow black exterior paint. All will be set off with gold “Le Mans” dual racing stripes and set of special rocker stripes, along with Hertz Edition and Shelby 60th anniversary emblems. Inside, Shelby and Hertz logos are on the seats, sill plates and floor mats; a numbered badge will be on the dash and under the hood. The supercharger on the Shelby GT500-H is gold hued for Hertz’s livery.

Customers need to be prepared to spend $399 per day on the GT500-H, assuming they’re fortunate enough to reserve one in the first place. However, the 451-hp Shelby GT-H will still be around to offer broader availability at a substantially lower rate. Though, if you’re serious about renting either, you’ll probably want to join the mailing list for high-performance Hertz vehicles and contact the agency before they start arriving this summer.

[Images: Hertz]

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  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on May 13, 2022

    All I can say is that I hope they have dash cams!

  • Theo Theo on Aug 30, 2022

    Hertz better increase their insurance by a bunch. I see someone that hasn't driven a car with that much power losing control and getting in to an accident (you know people are going to race these cars). if that happens it be hard for Hertz to claim deniability that they didn't market race cars to inexperienced drivers.

  • Lou_BC "Owners of affected Wrangles" Does a missing "r" cancel an extra stud?
  • Slavuta One can put a secret breaker that will disable the starter or spark plug supply. Even disabling headlights or all lights will bring more trouble to thieves than they wish for. With no brake lights, someone will hit from behind, they will leave fingerprints inside. Or if they steal at night, they will have to drive with no lights. Any of these things definitely will bring attention.I remember people removing rotor from under distributor cup.
  • Slavuta Government Motors + Government big tech + government + Federal police = fascist surveillance state. USSR surveillance pales...
  • Johnster Another quibble, this time about the contextualization of the Thunderbird and Cougar, and their relationship to the prestigious Continental Mark. (I know. It's confusing.) The Thunderbird/Mark IV platform introduced for the 1971 model year was apparently derived from the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform (also introduced for the 1971 model year), but should probably be considered different from it.As we all know, the Cougar shared its platform with the Ford Mustang up through the 1973 model year, moving to the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform for the 1974 model year. This platform was also shared with the failed Ford Gran Torino Elite, (introduced in February of 1974, the "Gran Torino" part of the name was dropped for the 1975 and 1976 model years).The Thunderbird/Mark series duo's separation occurred with the 1977 model year when the Thunderbird was downsized to share a platform with the LTD II/Cougar. The 1977 model year saw Mercury drop the "Montego" name and adopt the "Cougar" name for all of their mid-sized cars, including plain 2-doors, 4-doors and and 4-door station wagons. Meanwhile, the Cougar PLC was sold as the "Cougar XR-7." The Cougar wagon was dropped for the 1978 model year (arguably replaced by the new Zephyr wagon) while the (plain) 2-door and 4-door models remained in production for the 1978 and 1979 model years. It was a major prestige blow for the Thunderbird. Underneath, the Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 for 1977 were warmed-over versions of the failed Ford Elite (1974-1976), while the Mark V was a warmed-over version of the previous Mark IV.
  • Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.