Driving will be a little more exciting this summer for those who get behind the wheel of the new 2016 Hertz Shelby GT-H Mustang, which is now available through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection.
Limited numbers of the new Hertz Shelby GT-H Mustang can be rented at 17 select U.S. airport locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
The cars are the latest in a historic and legendary generation of specially prepared Shelby Mustangs that started with the “Rent-A-Racer” program in 1966. Back then, Hertz and Carroll Shelby saw an opportunity to give everyday drivers and car enthusiasts the chance to get behind the wheel of a real high-performance car.
Thus in 1966, the now collectable Shelby GT350-H was introduced. Ford supplied the 289 HiPo Mustangs to Shelby who added extra performance and style. Hertz then put them in their rental fleets and the mayhem ensued.
Since then, the companies again teamed up in 2006 to offer the 40th anniversary edition Shelby GT-H.
“We want to give Hertz customers a special experience this summer,” said Matt Jauchius, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Hertz Global Holdings. “To mark the 50th anniversary of the Rent-A-Racer, we’ve joined forces with Ford and Shelby once again to introduce the 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H. We’re thrilled to make this iconic vehicle available to our customers through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection.
“It’s truly the perfect ride for anyone who wants to take their summer road trips to another level,” Jauchius added.
The contemporary 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H has a stock 5.0-liter V8with 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Sound is bumped up however with a Ford Performance cat-back touring exhaust.
Handling is enhanced over the stock GT with a Ford Racing Handling Pack consisting of specially tuned dampers, lowering springs, thicker anti-roll bars and staggered 19-inch wheels.
It comes only in black and gold as expected. Shelby added their traditional Le Mans stripes a modern day take on the lower rocker stripes and “Shelby GT-H” graphics. Everu car also gets a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders, Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates and a numbered badge.
Other go-fast visual mods include a Shelby vented hood, carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler. Special badges appear in the front grille, rear faux gas cap and trunk lid. Inside, Shelby GT-H logos are on the head restraint, sill plates and floor mats.
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H is now available for rent at Hertz airport locations in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix.