Sometimes you just have to make it official, and what better time to do it than on a day that celebrates your long history. That’s just what Ford did — on National Mustang Day — by officially announcing that the Shelby GT350 and GT350R will continue into the 2018 model year.

“The GT350 is in such high demand that it is difficult to get a hold of. Having worked on that vehicle program, I am very excited that Ford is actually extending the build into the 2018 model year,” Ehab Kaoud, Ford Chief Designer, said a video that commemorates the announcement with alook at his Mustang art.

On Mustang Day, Ford officially announced that it was carrying over production of the Shelby GT350 into the 2018 model year. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

Now, thanks to leaked dealer documents, we have long known that the GT350 would soldier on for at least one more year, but it’s still great news either way. What’s interesting is that the Shelby will remain unchanged and be sold alongside the newly refreshed Mustang GT, which emulates a bit of that Hummingbird style.

“It’s funny. You ask any little kid to draw you a car and, most likely, they will draw you a sports car. And, in many cases, it would be a Mustang,” Ehab said. “What’s exciting about the Mustang is just the visual entertainment that you get. The surfacing is so voluptuous. As a designer/artist, I have drawn Mustang on paper with a pen. I painted it in acrylic, oil painting, and for design we use markers. I like colors. I like positive colors. Colors induce energy.”