This is not how Shelby American planned the initial debut to go.
Yes, we thought the same thing as many of you, loyal readers. When we first received the photos yesterday of the Shelby 1000 Mustang, we couldn't help but notice that one shot of it lifting its front end towards the sky, with its rear wheels remaining firmly planted on the ground. Yeah, it looked a bit....fake. USA Today noticed the same thing and contacted Shelby American seeking an explanation. Their (and your) suspicion was confirmed to be correct.
A Shelby spokesperson originally told the newspaper that the images were manipulated to correct shadows. However, Shelby later admitted they were edited after checking with the agency who actually took (and Photoshopped) the pictures. Shelby American's Scott Black also came clean: "That is a fake shot. That shot is not real. I am beyond embarrassed." So good job everyone on calling Shelby out on this one. We'll have more (real) pictures of the $200,000 Shelby 1000 next week from the floor of the New York Auto Show.