If you're tired of boring run-of-the-mill rental cars, news of a new Ford Shelby GT-H should be of particular interest. Ford, Shelby American and Hertz are teaming up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Rent-A-Racer from 1966 by rolling out a new 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H, which will be on display at Ford stand during the 2016 New York Auto Show. A total of 140 units will hit Hertz's Adrenaline Collection fleets at select airports throughout the US beginning on Memorial Day weekend to join the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Challenger.
Using a 2016 Ford Mustang GT as a basis, Shelby American performs modifications at its production facility in Las Vegas to transform the car into the GT-H. A Ford Racing handling package adds revised shock absorbers, lowering springs, thicker antiroll bars and staggered 19-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. For a more menacing exhaust note from the 5.0-liter V-8 engine, a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust system is also bolted on.
Like the original car from 1966, the new version is painted black with dual gold "Le Mans" racing strips along with rocker stripes with the Shelby GT-H name. The exterior is further dressed with a specific hood, grille, Shelby carbon fiber splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and Hertz Edition emblems. Exclusive cabin touches include Shelby GT-H side sills, numbered dash plaque and floor mats.
The 2016 version marks the third time Hertz will offer a GT-H following the original and second iteration that was released in 2006.
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