Return of Shelby? Ford may add GT 350, Mach 1 models to the Mustang lineup

2011 Shelby GT 350Recent reports suggested that Ford would retire the vaunted Shelby name with its next generation of Mustang, but there may still be some life in that beloved badge.

According to fan site MustangsDaily, Ford could introduce a new Shelby GT 350 in 2016. The GT 350 is the model that preceded the GT 500, which is still in production today, and traditionally came in below the 500 in power and price.

The GT 350 is most famous for being part of Hertz’s “Rent a Racer” program in the 1960s. A fleet of the cars in a bespoke black-and-gold scheme were available at rentail counters nationwide. Could you imagine picking up a 2013 Shelby Mustang at the airport kiosk today?

The GT 350 name was been largely dormant since the end of the Muscle Car era, although Shelby American continues to build the burly GT 350 (pictured above) independent of Ford.

Following the GT 350, Ford will reportedly double the nostalgia by reviving the Mach 1 name for 2017. In addition to having one of the coolest names in cardom, the original 1969 Mach 1 marked Ford’s official break from Shelby when it came to performance Mustangs. The model was revived briefly in 2003.

Ford may seem to be flip-flopping with the Shelby name, but there’s a lot of history behind it. Automotive impresario Carroll Shelby used Ford engines to give his Cobra sports cars some venom, and was later contracted to design the original GT 350, which became the first true performance Mustang when it launched in 1965.

However, the more recent Shelby models have been developed entirely by Ford’s in-house Special Vehicle Team (SVT), hence the company’s decision to drop the Shelby GT 500 moniker for SVT Cobra.

Even if Ford decides to drop the Shelby name for good, you’ll still be able to buy a Shelby Mustang. Shelby American, the independent company founded by Carroll Shelby, will continue to produce post-title conversions with up to 1,200 horsepower.

Should Ford revive the GT 350 and Mach 1 names? Tell us in the comments.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Is Ice Lake coming soon? Here's what we know about Intel's future chip design

Intel's Ice Lake may end up launching before the architecture it was supposed to replace. With hints of more announcements about the chip design in the very near future, here's everything you need to know about Ice Lake.

Everything we know about Devil May Cry 5, including characters and combat

Devil May Cry 5 is just around the corner, and is the first game in the original series since Devil May Cry 4 in 2008. Here is everything we know about the game, including its playable characters.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

Waymo rules and Apple trails in California self-driving car benchmarks

California's DMV releases annual reports of self-driving car disengagements on public roads. In the most recent reports. Waymo had the best performance, GM Cruise came in second, and Apple's self-driving program was in last place.

Watch a modified Audi e-tron electric SUV drive straight up a ski slope

A modified Audi e-tron climbed up an 85-percent gradient on an Austrian ski slope in a tribute to a classic Audi commercial. The vehicle used for the stunt sported an extra electric motor and spiked tires.

Mamma mia! Alfa Romeo will unveil a new model at the Geneva Auto Show

Alfa Romeo told Digital Trends it will unveil a new model at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It stopped short of revealing what it has in store, but rumors claim it will be a crossover positioned below the Stelvio.

Citroën says you could drive its tiny Ami One electric car without a license

Citroën's Ami One concept car is an electric vehicle that's as cute as it is compact. The miniature motor only has a top speed of 28 mph, so the French automaker imagines it as a shareable runaround for short drives.

Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick…

Mercedes lets the sun shine in one last time with SLC Final Edition convertible

The Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible sports car is going out of production. Launched in 1996 as the SLK, the model has been a fixture in the Mercedes-Benz lineup across three generations.

Aston Martin’s next hypercar, due in 2021, will pack a hybrid powertrain punch

Aston Martin will follow up the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro with a new hypercar, code-named Project 003. The car will debut in 2021, with production limited to 500 units worldwide.

Apple opens up about its self-driving car program in letter to NHTSA

Apple has traditionally kept details about its self-driving car technology under wraps, but it has revealed details about the program in a rare instance of openness. The company takes safety seriously.

Tesla will release fully self-driving cars in 2019 — with a big asterisk

Tesla reaffirmed its goal of releasing a fully self-driving car by the end of 2019, but it warned the system won't work perfectly 100 percent of the time. Convincing regulators that it's safe to use will require some effort, too.

Consumer Reports bumps the Tesla Model 3 off of its list of recommended models

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the six new cars that have lost their coveted Recommended rating from Consumer Reports over reliability concerns. In 2018, Model 3 owners reported body trim falling off and problems with the car's glass.