Ford has unveiled the new
Shelby GT350R Mustang, the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever
built. According to a company press release, in 1965, Ford and Carroll Shelby
developed a road-racing version of the popular Ford Mustang – the Shelby GT350
Competition model. Lighter, more powerful and with a highly developed
suspension, it is one of the most iconic racing Mustangs ever produced.
The car features the
first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – the most
powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever produced – plus a specially
tuned suspension. It is fitted with revised spring rates and antiroll bars,
lower ride height, unique track-tuned alignment settings, revised bushings and
jounce bumpers, cross-axis ball joints in the front suspension, and revised
calibration controlling the MagneRide dampers.
Lightweight carbon fibre
wheels are standard on Shelby GT350R, making Ford the first major automaker to
introduce this innovative wheel technology as standard equipment.
Carbon fibre wheels have been
offered on only a handful of exotic supercars and will benefit Shelby GT350R
performance by shaving critical unsprung weight and reducing rolling inertia.
The 19x11-inch front and 19x11.5-inch rear wheels provide approximately 13
pounds of unsprung weight reduction per wheel and offer higher levels of
stiffness than equivalent aluminum wheels.
The lightweight wheels will be
shod in Michelin’s top-shelf Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tyres with
rubber compound and a construction unique to Shelby GT350R. This combination of
incredibly stiff and light wheels with bespoke tires offers customers
exceptional steering feel and levels of performance.
Ford engineers delivered
against aggressive targets for weight reduction on the Shelby GT350R. If a part
did not make the car faster around a road course, it was considered for
Items removed include air
conditioning, the stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet,
backup camera and emergency tyre sealer and inflator. Exhaust resonators also
have been removed for weight savings with the benefit of creating a sharper
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