Shelby American has acknowledged to USA Today that two photos depicting the upcoming Shelby 1000 lifting its front wheels off the ground were digitally altered. Distributed to the press for republication, the photos can now be seen on numerous websites, like ours.
While a 950-hp Mustang lifting its front wheels is fairly believable, USA Today’s photo editor noticed that the tires didn’t appear to be under stress in the pictures. The editor also questioned how the special-edition Mustang could lift its front wheels on street tires, which should theoretically limit the car’s launch capabilities. Following a closer look, USA Today determined the area under the front wheels had been doctored.
Shelby American spokesperson Scott Black initially told USA Today he was only aware of digital manipulation to fix shadows, saying the photos were genuine. After confirming with the company, however, he called back the newspaper with an update: “That is [a] fake shot. That shot is not real. I am beyond embarrassed.” Black admitted the photographer manipulated the photo, but said he didn’t know why.
Whether the manipulation of the photos was an attempt to deceive or just someone’s idea of a prank, the buzz it’s generating leading up to the Shelby 1000’s New York auto show debut might prove that old adage “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” If only the car’s $200K price tag was also a prank.
Source: USA Today