Hertz and Shelby American have announced a three-year custom car partnership, kicking off with exclusive 2022 Shelby edition Ford Mustangs. Beginning this northern summer, the special production run of history-making vehicles will be available for rent at select Hertz locations across the USA.
The collection includes Mustang Shelby GT500-H fastbacks modified with 900-plus horsepower (671-plus kW) V8 engines and Ford Shelby Mustang GT-H fastbacks and convertibles, each created specifically for Hertz. The vehicles pay tribute to the original ‘Rent-A-Racer,’ the legendary 1966 Shelby GT350-H, and builds on Hertz’s legacy to give customers the unique opportunity to drive elite, high-performance vehicles they can’t access elsewhere.
The Mustang Shelby GT500-H will be available in Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. The Mustang Shelby GT-H convertibles and fastbacks will be available in Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Tampa.
Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American, said Shelby American and Ford Motor Company changed the perception of American sports cars, starting with the Shelby Cobra in 1962. “Shelby later teamed with Hertz to create the 1966 Shelby GT350-H, which immediately became one of the most exciting rental cars in the world. Together, we made history again with both a reborn Shelby-GT in 2006, 2007 and in 2016. Now we’re going even further with the first Mustang Shelby GT500-H, which is the most powerful rental car that Shelby has ever built,” added Conway.
Stephen Scherr, CEO of Hertz, said Hertz and Shelby American have created “driving magic” again. “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,” added Scherr.
Each of the 2022 Shelby Mustang Hertz models will be instantly recognisable with unique styling enhancements that celebrate a rich performance heritage. Nineteen of the Shelby GT500-H fastbacks will wear Shadow Black exterior paint, and a further six – honouring 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, Carbonied 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 while 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.
Starting with Ford’s world-class Shelby GT500, the 5.2L fastback boasts aluminium forged mono-block wheels, performance spec tires, tinted windows, Shelby GT500-H badges, driver- and passenger-side stripes and more. Shelby cut 30 pounds (13.6kg) by replacing the stock hood/bonnet with a vented, ultra-light dry carbon fibre version that is also much stronger.
As with previous models, the 2022 Ford Shelby GT-H will include a Borla cat-back performance exhaust for the 5.0L V8. Both convertibles and fastbacks will have staggered wheel kit. The Shelby GT-H rides on 20-inch aluminium wheels wearing all weather Michelin tyres and is also fitted with a unique Shelby-designed deep-draw hood, upper grille, fascia winglets and taillight panel.
Shelby American will complete the cars at its assembly facility in Las Vegas and document them in the official Shelby American Registry.