Taking the concept of “driving like a rental car” to a whole new level, Hertz and Shelby American team up to offer the insane 900-plus-horsepower 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500-H for rent at select Hertz airport locations. The three-year partnership between the brands also includes a range of 2022 Mustang Shelby GT-H fastbacks and convertibles with more sophisticated specifications.
The GT500-H may be “the most powerful rental car Shelby has ever built,” but it’s not the first Hertz x Shelby collaboration. The performance brand and rental car giant first teamed up to offer the original GT350-H “Rent-A-Racer” in 1966. A second Shelby GT version was offered in 2006 and renters could get behind the wheel of the Shelby GT-H in 2016† (Shelby also recently partnered with Sixt to offer) the Shelby GT-S Mustang rental car in 2019.)
The rental car with 900 hp
The GT500-H delivers more than 900 horsepower thanks to a 5.2-liter V8 engine that is fed with forced air from a 3.8-liter Whipple supercharger, a cold air intake and a large volume intercooler. A Shelby by Borla cat-back exhaust allows the power unit to exhale efficiently and sound good. Personally, I think 900 ponies is a bit much to hand over to anyone going to the rental desk, but no one asked me.
Powerful, performance-oriented thru-axles deliver power to the road through performance tires wrapped around gloss black 20-inch forged monoblock aluminum wheels. Mounting is staggered with 11-inch-wide front wheels and 11.5-inch-wide rear-drive wheels.
Nineteen GT500-H models will receive a coat of Shadow Black paint and six will be painted in Oxford White in celebration of Shelby American’s 60th anniversary. Beneath the paint is a lightweight dry carbon fiber performance hood — about 30 pounds lighter than the stock hood — with functional vents for warmth. All Hertz GT500-Hs feature Le Mans-style gold stripes, a gold finish on the supercharger and a numbered engine plate featuring Carol Shelby Mustang. Inside, renters are treated to leather seats, Hertz-themed gold details and a numbered dashboard.
Introducing the Mustang Shelby GT500-H rental car from Hertz and Shelby American
The GT-H returns
More widely available and slightly tamer, the Mustang Shelby GT-H fastback and convertible is powered by Ford’s 5.0-liter V8. Hertz has not released detailed horsepower and torque figures, but performance upgrades include a Shelby by Borla cat-back exhaust and staggered 20-inch wheels — 9 inches wide at the front and 10 inches at the rear — shod with Michelin all-weather tires.
Visually, the GT-H is distinguished by its deeply ventilated hood, unique grille, rear spoiler and taillight panel. Convertible models also have a sturdy roll bar. More colors are available for GT-H renters – red, white, gray or black – all with those golden Hertz-themed Le Mans stripes. Interior upgrades include leather seats, 60th Anniversary badging and a Carol Shelby Mustang number plate.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500-H will be available for rent at Hertz’ airport rental locations in Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Hertz hasn’t announced how much it will cost to rent one, but you’ll probably want to seriously consider getting the insurance if you do. The GT-H coupe and convertible will also be offered at those locations, as well as Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.