Just days before the Shelby 1000′s scheduled unveil at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Shelby American has revealed two photos of the super muscle car dispersed to the media were “enhanced.” Out of the two faked photos that have already made the rounds on multiple websites the most noticeable one is of the 1000′s front-end lifting up several inches off the ground (as seen above). It’s obvious now that the photo was doctored to give viewers the impression that the 1000′s 1000 horsepower engine is strong enough to do that when in reality a lot of other factors all need to come together at once.
The deceitful pictures were first noticed by a photo editor with USA TODAY as the newspaper was being prepped for tomorrow’s edition. They first questioned how the tires could leave the ground that easily given the vehicle’s overall weight and that it was only outfitted with street tires. After further review it was evident that the tires appeared to be under little stress, something that goes against normal logic. It was also apparent that Photoshop was hard at work manipulating spots underneath the tires too.
When first contacted by USA TODAY, Scott Black, a spokesman for Shelby American said he was aware photo manipulation was only used to correct some shadowing. Black also said the tires had left the ground on its own power and didn’t require the help of a handy photo-editing tool. However, after checking in with Shelby American, Black called the folks over at USA TODAY right back saying the two photos in question had in fact been altered from their original state.
“That is [a] fake shot. That shot is not real. I am beyond embarrassed,” Black told USA TODAY when asked about the photo in question. Black went on to say that the “fixes” had been done by the photographer, and the reason why was unknown.
Source: USA TODAY