Will Ford Surprise us With a 2017 Mustang Shelby GT500?
The Ford Mustang has always been an iconic muscle car, but the sixth-gen model that debuted for the 2015 model year just so happens to be the most iconic of all. The sixth-gen model brought about an all-new design language, a brand-new platform with independent rear suspension, and more importantly, it became the first generation of Mustang to find itself in Ford dealerships over in Europe. So far, Ford has launched the first performance variant of the sixth-gen Mustang – the Shelby GT350 – but we’ve seen spy shots of an even more aggressive version, telling us that a Shelby GT500 is likely in the books. So far, we’ve been expecting to see it for the 2018 model year, but it looks like Ford just might bring that bad boy out for the 2017 model year.
No word has come down from for, at least not directly, but if you do a quick Google search for “gt500” one of the first results is Ford’s website with the listing: "2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 | The Cobra of Performance Cars…” The URL is even “www.ford.com/cars/mustang/trim/shelbygt500.” When you click on the link, it takes you straight to the 2017 Mustang model page, but the URL remains the same, indicating we may see the most powerful version of the Mustang much sooner than we expected.
If the Shelby GT500 does really go on sale as a 2017 model, then Ford needs to get this baby into the public view as soon as possible. That means we could see it in the metal as early as the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and if not there, the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. At this time, there’s no word as to what will power the beast, but rumors have suggested a twin-turbo V-8 (a big departure from the supercharged mills of the past) that could boast anywhere between 700 to 800 horsepower. It would also sport a performance braking package from Brembo, a race-bred suspension, and probably Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. More importantly, it should be powerful enough to take on models like the Chevy Camaro ZL1, and anything with a Hellcat badge.
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2017 Shelby Mustang FP350S
Unveiled for the 2015 model year, the sixth-generation Ford Mustang is the first of its kind to feature an independent rear suspension. It’s also the first ’Stang in more than two decades to feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine after Ford added a 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the already familiar 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8. Additionally, the sixth-gen pony is the first-ever global Mustang, being sold in dealerships in Europe and Asia, as well as certain countries in Africa and Oceania. Much like its predecessors, the current Mustang also spawned a number of higher performance Shelby versions and race-spec models.
The Shelby FP350S is the latest to join the Mustang stable of track-only cars. Developed by Ford Performance, it’s the third race-spec version of the sixth-generation Mustang, alongside the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship-winning Shelby GT350R-C and the recently unveiled GT4. The new race car is heavily based on the Shelby GT350R-C and will help the new Mustang expand in other racing series’, including the Trans Am (TA3 and TA4 classes), the NASA (National Auto Sorts Association), and SCCA club racing (T1 and T2 categories).
“Our goal has always been to provide those who want to race with equipment that enables them to compete and win,” said Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “Shelby FP350S is our latest example.”
The new Shelby FP350S will go on sale in 2017 and will be made available through Ford dealerships throughout the United States.
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The Mustang was Ford’s biggest commercial success since the golden days of Model T production. Originally conceptualized as a strict two seater, Ford’s senior executive, Lee Iacocca, realized that its success hinged on volume sales. And volume sales were exactly what Iacocca got, over 22,000 Mustang’s were sold within the first day and more than 100,000 rolled off the production line inside the first four months. Within two years, more than a million would be sold, but come summer 1964, Ford’s executives thought the bubble was about to burst.
All GT350s started life on the Ford production line as Wimbleton White K-Code DSO fastbacks with a 271-horsepower 289 V-8 and black interiors. The DSO code referred to the unique blend of upgrades these cars were built with, which included several special bits from the Ford parts bin – all before being shipped to Shelby. The front disc brakes were kept, but sintered metallic pads were used instead of the softer stock ones. Station wagon drum brakes with larger metallic-lined shoes were added at the back. Also added was a nine-inch Detroit Locker differential, under-hood ’Export’ bracing, and close ratio T-10 Borg Warner four-speed manual transmission with an aluminum housing.
Cars were shipped from Ford’s San Jose plant to Shelby America’s Los Angeles facility without hoods, grilles, rear seats, exhaust systems, or emblems. Then the transformation really began.
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1966 Ford Shelby GT350 By Revology Cars
This year’s SEMA Show will be packed with aftermarket builds based on the sixth-generation Mustang, but there’s at least two companies that will bring restomods built around the first-generation muscle car. One of them is Ringbrothers, which is planning to showcase a 1965 convertible with a wide body and a supercharged engine. The other one is Revology Cars, which prepared something a bit more conservative, in the form of a 1966 Shelby GT350 replica that’s identical to the original car. At least on the outside.
Revology’s new project is actually a restomod, in the sense that it marries a vintage-looking body with a modern interior and drivetrain. However, while most restomods also come with modern exterior elements such as wheels, carbon-fiber bumper and wild paints, this project remains true to the 1966 Shelby GT350’s design and white-and-blue livery.
The GT350 isn’t Revology’s first build that mimics the original car on the outside. The company also offers a convertible and a 2+2 coupe, both based on the 1966 Ford Mustang. They’re not exactly affordable, being priced from more than $150,000 before options, but it’s not a bad price given that you get a pristine-looking Mustang with modern underpinning and all the comfort you have with a 2017-model-year car.
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Could Get Dual-Clutch Automatic
The Shelby GT350’s arrival with a six-speed manual transmission only was great news for purists back in 2015, but the beefed-up muscle car could get an automatic in the future. That’s the news from Road and Track, which claims, quoting information obtained from Mustang6G, that the GT350 will be offered with an optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox within the next few years. Given that Mustang6G has accurately predicted several
related details in the past, this is likely to be more than just a rumor.
There’s no word as to whether the Shelby GT350 will get a six-speed or a seven-speed dual-clutch, but word has it that Ford could use the seven-speed it offers in the Ford GT supercar. Either way, a quick-shifting, dual-clutch will improve the GT350’s already tremendous performance. With the manual model needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a dual-clutch gearbox could decrease that time to an amazing 3.3 seconds.
There’s no specific word as to when the automatic GT350 may arrive, but Ford will likely introduce the new transmission for the facelifted version of the current-generation muscle car. The updated Mustang has already been spotted testing and it should arrive sometime in 2017. A revised GT350 with the optional dual-clutch transmission could follow in 2018. Naturally, the more track-focused GT350R will also get the automatic gearbox.
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2016 - 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
Ford gave birth to the GT350 nameplate in 1965, the same year when Carroll Shelby was commissioned to build high-performance versions of the first-generation Mustang. Built in 1965 and 1966, the initial GT350 was not just lighter than a regular Mustang, but more powerful too. Originally rated at 271 ponies, the ’Stang’s 4.7-liter V-8 was uprated to deliver 306 horsepower at Shelby American’s shop, where it would also be equipped with heavy-duty rear axles, larger rear drum brakes, and front disc brakes. All 1965 models were painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes, while the 1966 model year brought more colors to the car. The GT350 continued in 1967, 1968 and 1969 with more cosmetic changes that performance updates. The GT350 moniker disappeared until 2011, when it returned for the fifth-generation Mustang. As the redesigned pony rolls into dealerships for the 2015 model year, the Shelby GT350 has made yet another comeback as a track-prepped version of the sixth-gen Mustang.
Introduced for the 2016 model year, the first Shelby Mustang GT350 to feature an independent rear suspension is Dearborn’s answer to the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The body panels were reshaped into a more aerodynamic and aggressive shape, including a completely new front section, while the GT’s standard 5.0-liter V-8 was replaced by a slightly larger unit specifically developed for this muscle car. But enough with the spoilers. Keep reading to find out everything there is to know about the new Shelby GT350.
Updated 06/28/2016: Ford dropped a new video featuring David Patterson "That Dude In Blue" tackling the GT350 Time Attack at the Ford Performance Octane Academy. Hit "play" to watch the new video.
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2016 Ford Shelby Hertz GT-H
The Ford Mustang created quite a stir when it was unveiled to the world in 1964, but it wasn’t until 1965 that the first high-performance pony cars hit the streets and tracks. Often called "Cobras" due to the emblem and paint scheme it shared with the Shelby Cobra Roadster, the first-gen Shelby GT350s reshaped the pony car market, marking the birth of the lightweight, track-prepped muscle car. Initially offered in Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes, the GT350 became available with non-white colors in 1966. Among them there was a special run wearing a black paint and golden stripes, along with a "GT350-H" badge. These became known as the Hertz "Rent-a-Racer" cars and they’re about to return on the sixth-generation Mustang.
It’s been 50 years since the first Shelby GT350-H was built for the Hertz Corporation and Ford has launched a 50th Anniversary Edition. It is called the Ford Shelby Hertz GT-H and it was unveiled on March 21st, at the Classic Car Club Manhattan in New York. The new Hertz Mustang is based on the standard, V-8-powered Mustang GT, but Shelby and Ford’s Performance division added a few aftermarket bits to make it interesting. The new Shelby GT-H that will be available for rent beginning Memorial Day weekend through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select airport locations in the continental United States.
Updated 03/22/2016: Shelby and Hertz unveiled the new GT-H 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang at the the Classic Car Club Manhattan in New York.
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Ford Performance Racing Launches Driving School For Shelby Mustang Owners
Ford Performance Racing School has launched an exclusive driving program for owners of the 2015 and 2016 Shelby GT350 and GT350R. The program, dubbed the GT350 Track Attack, is located at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Toeele, Utah, and is only available for owners of the two fire-breathing muscle cars.
The one-day affair comes at no cost to whoever buys any of these two muscle cars. Yep. It’s part of the package that comes with purchasing either the GT350 and GT350R. Those who take up the offer are responsible for the travel costs and if they want a second track day. Those who sign up will be treated to an evening reception followed by a full day of performance driving lessons, both in the classroom and on the track. Everything happens under the skillful tutelage of Ford Performance Racing School instructors.
Ultimately, the program’s objective is to fully understand all the nuances of driving a car as powerful as the Shelby GT350. After all, these aren’t city hatchbacks we’re talking about here. These are cars that spit out 526 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It takes a certain amount of skill to be able to drive a car like this and owners are encouraged to take part in the GT350 Track Attack to sharpen their high-performance driving skills. Driving these muscle cars is not just about pushing the pedal to the floor. Knowledge on braking, shifting, weight transfer, and cornering techniques are just as important. And if for nothing else, there is the experience of taking part in this program and learning from the best driving instructors from Ford Performance Racing. Those lessons could come in handy in the future.
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2007 Shelby Cobra GT500
Ford Motor Company and Carol Shelby have a long and rich history together. Shelby, a WWII flight instructor and test pilot turned professional racecar driver, started his company named Shelby America company in 1962 building a modified version of the AC Cobra. Shelby transformed the small, European roadster into an American muscle car thanks to a Ford V-8. He soon turned his attention to other vehicles as well, including the then-new Ford Mustang.
Shelby’s relationship with the Mustang would be his most iconic. His first would be the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350. It was followed by the Shelby Mustang GT500 in 1967 and the GT500KR in 1968. After 1969, Shelby stopped modifying the pony cars, but not before making a name for himself.
It was in 2005 that Shelby decided to revive his Ford heritage. The fifth generation Mustang had just been released and its retro design begged for Shelby’s touch. Working with Ford’s SVT team, Shelby and the crew developed the GT500 – a supercharged V-8 Mustang with 450 horsepower, a matching amount of torque, upgraded suspension components, brakes from Brembo, and a bespoke exterior treatment that make the Shelby Cobra GT500 unique. The car didn’t hit showrooms until the 2007 model year, and within that development time, the GT500’s horsepower had grown to an even 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
The GT500 was the most powerful production Mustang Ford had ever created and helped reignite the high-horsepower wars between Detroit’s Big Three – Chevy, Dodge, and Ford. So without further introductions, let’s take a look at the 2007 Shelby Cobra GT500.
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Jay Leno Gets Cozy With The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R: Video
Jay Leno’s love for anything involving Carroll Shelby is so well-documented that nobody was surprised when Leno purchased the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R the moment it became available. The former host of the Tonight Show admitted as much in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, which incidentally featured the latest - and some say, greatest - Mustang to have ever been built.
Those are lofty praises for a model that has seen its share of iconic models over the years and yet, Leno seems to believe that if the new Shelby GT350R isn’t the best, it’s definitely in the conversation. I’m not one to disagree with a man who knows more about cars than most people, so when he heaps praise on the new Shelby GT350R like there’s no tomorrow, it’s probably best to take on his word.
Fortunately, Leno had Mustang head engineer Jamal Hameedi on hand to talk shop about the GT350R. Together, they dive deep into the things that make the GT350R stand out, spending close to 25 minutes on the subject. It’s a very enlightening discussion that shouldn’t be spoiled, especially for those who plan to watch the episode in its entirety.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill the beans on what Leno and Hameedi discussed, although I will tell you that, like most episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage, it ends with Jay taking the car out for a spin. Watch out for that the sound of that rare, bespoke, normally aspirated 5.2 liter V-8 engine. It lets out quite a wallop.
In 1965, a Shelby GT350-R driven by legendary Ken Miles won its debut race at the Green Valley Raceway in Dallas. Shelby’s win produced quite a stir, but so did the black-and-yellow logo of a rabbit holding its paw in the air. The logo belonged to Terlingua Racing Team, which went on to become an important name in motorsport in the 1960s, being used on several Mustangs, Cobras, and even Indy 500 and Le Mans winners.
As part of the group that, according to Bill Neale, "would go down to Terlingua to hang out, hunt deer, ride motorcycles, have some drinks and eat real well" long before the race team was put together, Carroll Shelby revived the Terlingua Mustang in 2007 by launching a limited-edition, V-6-powered Mustang wrapped in the famous black-and-yellow livery. It’s been nearly a decade since then, and the Terlingua Mustang returned once again as a spin-off of the sixth-generation pony.
Limited to only 50 units, the new Shelby Terlingua Mustang is based on the 2016 Mustang GT and, much like its predecessor, comes wrapped in a racing livery. As the base model suggests, this one is powered by a V-8, but the drivetrain has very little in common with the stock model, packing a supercharger, and a lot more power than you can get from a Ford dealership. Keep reading to find out more about that.
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2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang
It was December 2013 when Ford unveiled the highly-anticipated 2015 Mustang. The redesigned pony arrived with massive improvements over its predecessor, including an independent rear suspension, a revised interior, retuned engines and a brand-new 2.3-liter, EcoBoost four-banger. Less than a year has passed since then, and the sixth-generation Mustang received a much-needed high-performance version to replace last year’s Shelby-badged model. With the ink still wet on our 2016 Shelby GT350 review, the Blue Oval has yet another muscle car in the pipeline under the GT350R nameplate.
As you might have already guessed, the "R" at the end of the iconic name makes this Shelby the lightest, quickest and meanest Mustang yet, with a host of track-honed talents on top. If you missed the Mustang 302 Boss over the past couple of years, the GT350R is here not just to replace it, but take over from where Ford left it back in 2013 and open a brand-new chapter in this pony’s rich heritage. In short, you’re about to learn more about the most track-focused Mustang in history and Ford’s answer to the bonkers Camaro Z/28.
Updated 01/21/2016: Ford announced that the new GT350R customers can now also opt for a new rear seat kit available through Ford Performance Parts. Continue reading for more details and prices.
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