The Shelby Ford Mustang Mach-E GT concept is easily the headliner of Ford’s double-digit car count at the 2021 SEMA Show, just based on branding alone. And seems like the logical next step.
As soon as the Mustang Mach-E debuted the sound and the fury began, purists across the internet complained it wasn’t a real Mustang. Ford was accused of using the iconic nameplate to aggrandize an electric bean that was completely disassociated from the muscle car genre the Mustang originally helped create.
Well, imagine what the forums look like tonight after Ford and Shelby just pulled the sheet on the Shelby Mach-E GT concept at SEMA 2021.
Ford Mustang Shelby Mach-E At SEMA 2021: The Details
In the automotive world, everyone knows the name Shelby, and everyone wants a Shelby. And this Shelby does its best to uphold that tradition.
The car’s baseline 480 hp remains unchanged, but the team at Shelby added their own unique calibration to the Mach-E GT’s MagneRide dampers which work in tandem with a set of composite carbon fiber springs.The Shelby Mach-E GT concept also delivers a set of 20-inch one-piece forged Monoblock wheels which ditch the Mach-E GT’s standard Pirelli rubber in favor of Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires.
Aesthetically, the concept shows up wearing Guardsman Blue stripes over a Wimbledon White paint job–as immortalized by the Shelby GT350– and sports a new aerodynamic front fascia clearly inspired by the contemporary Shelby GT500. The front and rear fenders are both flared, and the hood now has a huge heat extraction vent. The new body panels are also intended as a showcase for Ford’s new graphene-infused carbon fiber technology.
Inside, are custom Shelby by Recaro seats and Shelby CSM badging, Ford claims the look was inspired by Carroll Shelby’s own dream for electric performance.
No word on future plans for the Shelby Mach-E GT concept from Shelby American, or if we could ever see Ford unleash a full-fledged Shelby Mach-E. You know, the kind of Shelby that Carroll would be proud of. Performance was his business, after all.