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The most powerful, naturally aspirated Mustang ever built

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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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Mid-cycle facelift adds new aero features and revised underpinnings

It’s been almost a year since Ford gave the sixth-generation Mustang its mid-cycle upgrade, and the time has come for the Shelby GT350 to get its refresh. Despite rumors that it won’t be around for long, the GT350 continues into the 2019 model year with revisions inside and out to go with tweaked underpinnings.

As we’re waiting for the Shelby GT500 to return after a long hiatus, Ford just rolled out an upgrade for the GT350. But, while the muscle car did get some notable updates in the aerodynamics and drivetrain departments, it didn’t gain the visual changes we’ve seen on the facelifted Mustang. In short, it’s still based on the original sixth-generation Mustang. The good news is that the updated coupe was tested by Billy Johnson, a racing driver with plenty of experience in the FIA World Endurance and the IMSA championships with the Ford GT and Mustang GT4 programs. Let’s see what changed and what remained the same in the review below.

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Ford Infuses the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 with Racing and GT500 DNA

Ford Infuses the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 with Racing and GT500 DNA

It’s not the GT500, but if you can’t wait, it’s not a bad compromise

Ford has finally introduced the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350, and it comes with chassis and aerodynamic updates as well as model-specific tires and tuning to make it go faster and handle better than ever before.

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Video of the Day: BMW M2 vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Video of the Day: BMW M2 vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!

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The Ford Mustang EcoBoost Sounds as mean as the Shelby GT350 with the Active Exhaust System

The Ford Mustang EcoBoost Sounds as mean as the Shelby GT350 with the Active Exhaust System

EcoBoost four-cylinder gets throatier

One of the cool things about owning a V-8-powered Mustang is that it has an aggressive, unmistakable exhaust note. The Shelby GT350 set a new standard in 2015 thanks to Ford’s active exhaust system. At first available only with the GT350, the racy exhaust eventually found its way into the Mustang GT too. Come 2018 and FoMoCo finally made the active exhaust system available for the EcoBoost model as well.

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1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

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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Ford to Recall Mustang GT350 and GT350R Models For Shoddy Oil Cooler Lines

Ford to Recall Mustang GT350 and GT350R Models For Shoddy Oil Cooler Lines

Engine oil cooler assemblies will be replaced under warranty

Ford has launched a safety recall for 2015 to 2017 model years of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R over issues pertaining to potential oil leaks brought about by defects in the assembly of the engine oil cooler. According to the company, affected vehicles may have “insufficient crimps” on the hose of the engine oil cooler tubes, which in turn could lead to the hose separating in some fashion, resulting in oil leaking out of the car. You don’t need to be a car wizard to ascertain that such a scenario could lead to an engine failure or worse, an actual fire in the event the oil leaks in the presence of an ignition source.

Approximately 8,026 vehicles are affected by the problem including 6,523 models in the U.S., 957 in Canada, 346 in Mexico, and another 59 in federalised territories. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported pertaining to the issue, but regardless, Ford is still issuing the safety recall as a pre-emptive strike to fix the issue before this problem manifests itself in any one of the 8,000-plus affected models.

It must be noted that the recall comes directly from Ford itself and that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has yet to make its own recall announcement. This is important to remember because owners looking to see if their models are affected can only do so by contacting their local Ford dealerships and have their VIN numbers run to check for their respective status. Running the vin number in the NHTSA’s vin checker will yield no results.

In the event a specific model is included in the list of recalled units, owners are encouraged to inform their dealerships immediately. The dealers will take care of everything, including replacing the engine oil cooler tube assembly at no cost to the Mustang owner.

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1966 Ford Shelby GT350 By Revology Cars

1966 Ford Shelby GT350 By Revology Cars

The most accurate reproduction of the original, 1966 Shelby GT350

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

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Could Get Dual-Clutch Automatic

Likely to use the seven-speed gearbox offered in the Ford GT supercar

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 Mustang-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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Add Some GT350 Seasoning To Your 2015–2017 Mustang GT

Add Some GT350 Seasoning To Your 2015–2017 Mustang GT

More muscle made easy

Hey you! Do you own a new, sixth-generation Mustang GT? Do you think it’s totally badass and rad, but get jealous anytime someone utters the words “Shelby GT350?” Well, don’t worry, it’s all gonna be okay, because Ford has announced three new Power Packs to take your pony car from stock as a rock to tire-toasting terror.

The first level (Power Pack 1, part number M-9603-M8) includes a high-flow air filter from K&N, which in conjunction with a recalibrated ECU, adds 13 horsepower and 16 pound-feet of torque to the V-8’s peak output figures. Even more impressive is the enormous 40-pound-feet boost to the car’s bottom end, which manifests at just 1,500 rpm. Power Pack 1 will be available for shipping by 08/01/2016, and costs $539.

The second level (Power Pack 2, part number M-9603-M8A) is where you start getting the Shelby-styled go-faster goodies, first with the GT350’s cold air intake. There’s also an 87 mm throttle body, which with the intake and tune adds 21 horsepower and 24 pound-feet of torque. Power Pack 2 also includes that sizable 40-pound-feet gain at 1,500 rpm. Power Pack 2 will be available for shipping by 09/30/2016, and costs $949.

The final level (Power Pack 3, part number M-9452-M8) includes the GT350 intake and 87 mm throttle body, plus it adds the GT350’s intake manifold, yielding an extra 31 horsepower and an as-yet-undermined amount of torque (the Ford website lists it as a “5lbs/ft” gain, but that can’t be right. An extra 5 pound-feet isn’t adequate for stage three anything, let along a Mustang). The best part? An extra 60 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. Power Pack 3 will be available for shipping by 10/31/2016, and costs $2,395.

Incredibly, all three Power Packs are 100 percent emissions legal in each of the 50 states.

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2016 Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350

2016 Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350

Ford’s latest aviantion-inspired Mustang is unique and sports a big, carbon-fiber wing

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang was unveiled in December 2013 and went on sale for the 2015 model year. The redesigned pony car is a significant departure from its predecessor, being the first to feature an independent rear suspension, among many other modern features. The new Mustang is also the first that’s sold globally, and the first to receive a right-hand drive version from the factory. Also, it’s the first Mustang since the third-generation car to feature a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

Much like its predecessor, the sixth-gen Mustang spawned many special-edition and higher-performance models in its first couple of years on the market. One such model is the "Ole Yeller." Created to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education events, this is a one-off muscle car based on the Shelby GT350. The ninth aviation-inspired Mustang built by Ford for the EEA since 2008, the "Ole Yeller" pays homage to the P-51D Mustang aircraft with the same name. One of the most recognizable planes in the world, the "Ole Yeller" still holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at five hours and 20 minutes, set in 1985.

The unique GT350 is also a tribute to R. A. “Bob” Hoover, who is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics and thrilled airshow fans piloting “Ole Yeller” for more than 20 years. In 1997, Hoover sold "Ole Yeller," but the plane still flies frequently and is based at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho.

The "Ole Yeller" GT350 will be donated and sold via auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. All proceeds will benefit EAA’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to two million young people since 1992.

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2016 - 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

2016 - 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

The most powerful, naturally aspirated Mustang ever built

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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Jay Leno Gets Cozy With The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R: Video

Jay Leno Gets Cozy With The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R: Video

Is this the greatest Mustang ever? Someone seems to think so.

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.

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2016 GeigerCars To Sell 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang In Europe

2016 GeigerCars To Sell 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang In Europe

Geiger Cars is mostly known for its aftermarket programs for some of America’s finest vehicles, but the German company also serves as a distributor of American performance cars across the Atlantic. Recently, Geiger Cars announced that it has taken deliveries of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and is ready to sell them to anyone looking to own the pinnacle of Mustang performance.

For now, Geiger Cars is selling the Shelby GT350 Mustang in stock configuration so don’t expect any cosmetic, aerodynamic, or performance upgrades on the muscle car. That’s not to say that there won’t be any in the future, but for the purposes of keeping the expectations to a minimum for the time being, the German tuner will begin rolling out the GT350 Mustang in stock form before embarking on any aftermarket modifications.

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is already available to customers in Europe via Geiger Cars. The price starts at €82,500, which is close to $90,000 based on current exchange rates. The price is much more expensive than the $50,000-starting price of the muscle car in the US. That can be attributed to the extra taxes that come with buying the car in Europe.

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2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang Dyno Testing: Video

2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang Dyno Testing: Video

There’s a certain irony that comes with listening to the engine of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Most people will attribute it to noise, but for those who appreciate the roar of a 5.2-liter V-8 engine, hearing the Mustang Shelby GT350 get strapped up for a dyno test is music to the ears, the kind that soothes the automotive senses and relaxes the nerves.

Personally, that’s what I get whenever I see a video of a sports car or a muscle car undergoing a dyno test. I just close my eyes and let the cacophony of screams coming out of that engine fill my ears. It’s a very relaxing feeling, one that I’m sure fellow auto enthusiasts will understand. But, that’s not the only thing worth mentioning about this video of a Mustang GT350 doing a dyno run. Sure, the engine’s mighty roar - up to 8,200 rpm! - is a notable highlight, but there’s also another aspect that’s worth mentioning. During this dynamic chassis dyno test, Hennessey was able to bring out 482 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque from that V-8. That’s a fantastic number that’s made more impressive by the realization that the V-8 didn’t seem to even break a sweat in reaching that output.

Moving forward, expect Hennessey to roll out a new performance package for the Mustang Shelby GT350. If past kits are any indication, it’s reasonable to expect a number of options being made available. An HPE700 kit will most likely be on offer, as will an HP800. Maybe Hennessey blows the lid off of the Mustang Shelby GT350 and offer a four-digit power kit for the muscle car. Stay tuned for that one.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Vs. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Video

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Vs. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Video

The Chevrolet Camaro. The Ford Mustang. You can put any of the two on the top billing and it still wouldn’t matter. These two pony cars have always been the epitome of American muscle. That’s been the case for generations and, as sure as the sky is blue, that still holds true to this day. Even special variants of the two will always end up being compared to one another. In this case, I’m talking about the Mustang Shelby GT350R and the Camaro Z/28 and it’s only fitting that Motor Trend was able to wrangle up both ponies for its latest episode of “Head 2 Head.”

The 25-minute episode dives deep into the core of both the Mustang Shelby GT350R and the Camaro Z/28. Head 2 Head host Jason Cammisa took up the challenge of putting both muscle cars through a series of challenges to determine which of the two reigns supreme as Detroit’s finest pony. There’s a dyno shoot out between the two. There’s also a drag race because, well, muscle car comps like this wouldn’t be complete without one. Cammissa and race car driver Randy Pobst even found the time to do some hot laps around the Chuckawall Valley Raceway to determine which of the two can post the faster lap time and which handles better around all the challenging twists and turns of the track.

I’m not going to spoil the results because that’s only going to ruin the fun, right? Just know that this is another Mustang vs Camaro challenge. That in itself is reason enough to watch the episode from start to finish.

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Motor Trend Drives The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Video

Motor Trend Drives The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Video

The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is a whole different animal in comparison to a regular Mustang GT. With a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8, the car puts out a whopping 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque – all pushed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. That’s right, you actually have to press a clutch and move a shifter to get the car into gear. The 5.2-liter engine is naturally aspirated and has a redline of 8,200 rpm. It really is an amazing machine, and Motor Trend has made a video to show us just that.

With a curb weight of 3,781 pounds, the GT350 was able to hit 60 mph in 4.1-seconds and it stopped from 60 mph in just 102 feet. On the skid pad, it was able to pull 1G, and it completed a figure-eight run in 24.2 seconds with an average of 0.82 Gs. Finally, it hit the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at 117.8 mph. This is all great news for the new muscle car, but it’s not all about the numbers. Take the time to watch the video and see how it performs on the road and around Chuckwalla Valley Raceway with Randy Pobst behind the wheel. Motor Trend didn’t have any other cars to compare the 350GT’s results to, so they brought it a Dodge Charger Pursuit. You’ll have to watch the video to see the end result. Enjoy!

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Ford Mustang GT King Edition By Petty's Garage

Ford Mustang GT King Edition By Petty’s Garage

The Ford Mustang is no stranger to receiving the limited edition treatment. Just this year, we’ve already seen a handful of them, most notably the Shelby GT350R Mustang Cattle Baron’s Ball Edition and the Mustang Convertible Neiman Marcus Edition. These are just two examples of unique Mustangs that have recently come to our attention. Now, Ford is proud to announce the newest limited edition Mustang, and for this one, it tapped an old friend to help in its customization. It’s called the Mustang GT King Edition by Petty’s Garage, and it’s the latest in a long line of customized Mustangs that have gone to the hands of Richard Petty’s aftermarket performance shop.

The Mustang GT King Edition actually comes in three different variants, each with limited availability. Despite having different quantities, all three serialized, limited-production Petty Mustang GT variants went thought the high-quality customization process that Petty’s Garage is famous for. They have exterior modifications, interior upgrades, and most importantly, engine modifications that shoot the muscle car’s output straight into the stratosphere.

The end result certainly speaks for itself. Anytime Petty’s Garage is involved in customizing a Ford Mustang, you know something special will come out of it.

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Ford Claims Shelby GT350R Will Be As Fast As Porsche 911 GT3

Ford Claims Shelby GT350R Will Be As Fast As Porsche 911 GT3

There is no doubting how much of a hoot the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is going to be on the track, and Ford is fueling the fire by claiming that the track-prepped version of the new Shelby will be as fast around the track as an equally track-ready 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. Now before you start looking for videos of the Shelby dominating the GT3 at the Nürburgring, the track Ford is boasting a speed advantage at is Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI.

More importantly, Motor Authority is also reporting that Ford claims the GT350R is a full second faster than the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 around the 13-turn, two-mile road course located in central Michigan. With a starting price that is expected to be about $10,000 less than the current Z/28 and around half the price of the 911 GT3, the GT350R’s performance is now even more impressive.

The 2016 Shelby GT350R gets a healthy dose of weight reduction, dropping about 130 pounds compared to the highest-performing 2015 Ford Mustang GT model. The low 3,650-pound curb weight is thanks to the removal of the air conditioning, radio and back seat, which all make the GT350R about as close to a race Mustang as you can legally drive on the street. The highlight of this car will be its high-revving (8,250-rpm redline) flat-plane-crank, 5.2-liter V-8 that produces 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

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2016 Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Race Car

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Race Car

The arrival of the 2015 Ford Mustang not only brought many changes to America’s iconic muscle car, but also gave rise to several questions as to what high-performance models would be built around it. There’s been a lot of talk about several Shelby nameplates being dropped with the new generation, but although the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has yet to receive a successor, Ford did roll out a 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 model and a more track-focused 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R that promises to become the most potent Mustang on the race track. Now, Ford has also unveiled the GT350R-C, which replaces the previous-generation 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

The new muscle racer is set to make its first official track debut at Watkins Glen on June 27th and will continue to race in the remaining six events of the 2015 season through September. The race team will be managed by longtime Ford partner Multimatic Motorsports, while the cars will be driven by Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Austin Cindric, and Jade Buford.

“Ford is committed to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and we’re very happy to be campaigning its product here,” said Larry Holt, team principal, Multimatic Motorsports. “We like the endurance format, and the racing is always intense. The cars must be fast and reliable, and there are always at least 10 contenders running door-to-door for two and a half hours. It is the perfect home for the GT350R-C.”

Updated 06/29/2015: The new Shelby GT350R-C made its racing debut this weekend during the qualifying session for the 2015 IMSA. With a lap-time of 2 minutes, 1.358 seconds - the new GT350R-C grabbed itself a pole position for its first race!

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