Ford tuner extraordinaire Shelby American has announced plans to open a major new facility just one block off the famous Las Vegas Strip to help build the brand’s global presence. The new facility, which will include both the headquarters and a flagship store for Shelby, will officially open on December 1, 2013, close to when the covers for the 2015 Ford Mustang are expected to come down.

With the 2015 Mustang going global, Shelby sees this as the perfect time to start promoting its products overseas as well. Conveniently, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport will be just a few blocks away from the new, 135,000 square-foot facility Shelby plans to erect.

“Shelby American is gearing up for global expansion,” Shelby American president John Luft said in a statement. “Our new facility allows us to be more nimble and accessible to our customers, while dramatically improving production and operational efficiency.”

Shelby’s current facilities are located on the outskirts of Las Vegas and consist of five separate buildings, each housing a different phase of the business. The new facility will combine the entire production process and include the aforementioned flagship store as well as a museum, gift shop and factory tour service.

With the launch of new products such as its custom Focus ST and F-150 SVT Raptor pickup, as well as the classic Cobras and custom Mustangs, demand for Shelby products have been gaining momentum in parts of Europe and Asia. However, the launch of the redesigned Mustang early next year has the company poised to be a major player in the global automotive manufacturing and performance parts market.

As previously reported, the 2015 Mustang will be the first generation of the iconic muscle car to be officially sold in global markets. It’s not clear if Ford will launch a Shelby-branded version this time around but it’s almost certain Shelby will have plenty of high-horsepower versions of its own. For more details, hit the links below.

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