In 1965, a Shelby GT350-R driven by legendary Ken Miles won its debut race at the Green Valley Raceway in Dallas. Shelby’s win produced quite a stir, but so did the black-and-yellow logo of a rabbit holding its paw in the air. The logo belonged to Terlingua Racing Team, which went on to become an important name in motorsport in the 1960s, being used on several Mustangs, Cobras, and even Indy 500 and Le Mans winners.
As part of the group that, according to Bill Neale, “would go down to Terlingua to hang out, hunt deer, ride motorcycles, have some drinks and eat real well” long before the race team was put together, Carroll Shelby revived the Terlingua Mustang in 2007 by launching a limited-edition, V-6-powered Mustang wrapped in the famous black-and-yellow livery. It’s been nearly a decade since then, and the Terlingua Mustang returned once again as a spin-off of the sixth-generation pony.
Limited to only 50 units, the new Shelby Terlingua Mustang is based on the 2016 Mustang GT and, much like its predecessor, comes wrapped in a racing livery. As the base model suggests, this one is powered by a V-8, but the drivetrain has very little in common with the stock model, packing a supercharger, and a lot more power than you can get from a Ford dealership. Keep reading to find out more about that.
Visually, the Terlingua Mustang is very similar to the Shelby GT that debuted in January 2015. Up front, the standard Mustang grille has been replaced by a Shelby piece with black surrounds, while the stock bumper received a large splitter and a new grille. The coupe also packs a bulged hood, which suggests there’s a menacing supercharger in the engine compartment. Arguably the coolest feature, if you ask me, is the Terlingua jackrabbit emblem instead of the regular running horse logo.
Other features likely borrowed from the Shelby GT include the trunk-lid spoiler, the two-piece diffuser, and black exhaust tips. Just like the Shelby GT, the Terlingua Mustang rides on 20-inch WELD racing wheels. Then there’s the livery, which revives Terlingua’s classic black-and-yellow scheme. The muscle car can be had in two color combos: yellow with black hood and graphics and black with yellow hood and graphics. The graphics package includes a thick stripe on the roof and deck-lid, thin stripes above the side skirts, and “Terlingua Racing Team” lettering on the rear fenders.
The livery also adds No. 17 racing roundels and a stack of sponsor stickers on the front doors and fenders. The “17” wasn’t chosen randomly. That specific number adorned the race-spec pony Jerry Titus drove to victory at Sebring in 1967. The Terlingua Racing Team crest proudly sits below the A-pillar alongside Carroll Shelby’s signature. Speaking of signatures, the cars are also signed by Terlingua founder and crest design Bill Neale and 1967 Trans Am championship winning driver Jerry Titus. Pretty cool, huh?
Shelby didn’t have much to say about the car’s interior, but the single photo released so far highlights a pair of bolstered, race-inspired seats with yellow jackrabbits and “Terlingua Racing Team” lettering on the headrests. The ’Stang also gained a short-throw shifter, Shelby-designed carbon-fiber components, including a dash pod with three gauges, and custom door sill plates and floor mats. Naturally, as with most limited-edition Shelbys, the Terlingua Mustang also comes with a numbered dash plaque. Everything else is standard Mustang GT business.
While the previous Terlingua Mustang had a V-6 under the hood — Shelby wanted to offer young people “a big bang for their buck” — the 2016 model received the brand’s trademark supercharged V-8. Paired with a Whipple blower, the 5.0-liter “Coyote” now cranks out over 750 horsepower,” making the Terlingua more powerful than any other factory-built Mustang to date. The Terlingua even trumps the Shelby GT, rated at “only 627 horses” without the optional upgrade, as well as the Super Snake. Although Shelby has yet to release performance specs, the coupe probably needs around 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start.
Now this is a Mustang worthy of the iconic Terlingua name!
Updates don’t stop with a supercharged engine. The Terlingua coupe also received an Eibach sway bar, adjustable coilovers, and an array of Ford Performance upgrades including half-shafts, and a loud Borla exhaust system. Stopping power — and this monster needs a lot of it — comes from a set of big Brembo brakes.
The Terlingua clearly means business and it looks like it has everything it needs to go racing.
Pricing for the Shelby Terlingua Mustang starts from $65,999. The sticker doesn’t include the base Mustang GT, which adds another $32,395, meaning you will have to fork out at least $98,394 to take one of these beefed-up ’Stangs home. If you have the cash, make sure you hurry, as Shelby is only planning to do only 50 examples before discontinuing the model.
Carbon Fiber Shelby GT Hood with Terlingua vents
Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
Carbon Fiber Shelby GT Rocker Panels
Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
Carbon Fiber Rear Terlingua Spoiler
Carbon Fiber Taillight Panel
Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers
Carbon Fiber Brake Cooling Intakes
Terlingua Anodized Front Grille and Lower Front Grille
Terlingua Racing Team External Badging
Ford Performance short-throw shifter
Carbon Fiber 3 Gauge Dash Pod for Oil, Fuel and Boost
CSM Badging on the dash and engine
Autograph plaque of Bill Neale, Carroll Shelby and Jerry Titus
Terlingua Racing Team Branded Headrest Covers
Terlingua Racing Team Floor mats
Shelby Terlingua Racing Team Sill Plates
Yellow Whipple 750+hp supercharger
Ford Performance Half Shafts
Ford Performance 3.73 Gears
Coolant Reservoir and HD Radiator
Shelby by Eibach adjustable suspension
Black 20” WELD Racing Wheels with high performance tires
Brake Cooling Kit
Yellow Brembo 6-piston front (4-piston rear) Brakes