Fifty years ago Ford, Shelby and Hertz came up with this idea to create a race car that could be rented by anybody through Hertz’s car hire network. The result was the famed ShelbyHertz GT350-H. Now as a tribute to that model, and also to test the current market for such an offer, they have teamed up once again and came up with the 2017 Shelby GT-H.
A total of 140 Shelby GT-H will be available for rent through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select airport locations in the continental United States beginning from Memorial Day weekend. It’s called “Rent-A-Racer” program, but don’t get too excited. GT-H is not really a race car. What it is, is a nicely tricked-out Mustang GT.
As with the original, what attracts customers to Shelby GT-H is the way it looks. The car comes with a full host of extra features, including black exterior paint with gold racing stripes, Shelby-designed vented hood, carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler, special badges, 19-inch aluminum wheels wearing high performance Michelin rubber, and GT-H logos on the headrestraint, sill plates and floor mats.
Performance-wise, the GT-H gets a cat-back performance exhaust from Ford Performance and Ford Racing Handling Pack, including special-tuned dampers, lowering springs, sway bars and a staggered wheel kit. That is about as far as mods go, so the 5.0 liter V8 engine is pretty much stock.