Ford has officially unveiled the Shelby GT350R Mustang at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show.
Described as “the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built”, the model will be launched on the market later this year, “delivering never-before-seen track capability from a Mustang”, thanks to “innovations in aerodynamics, chassis engineering and light-weighting”.
The aerodynamic kit for the Mustang includes a new hood vent, an aggressive diffusor, vented wheel wells and turbulence-reducing fender vents, wheel air curtains and side skirts. The front splitter has been revised to maximize the downforce, while an all-new high-efficiency carbon fiber rear wing has been added. Other exterior touches include red painted brake calipers, red pin striping at the edges of the optional over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging.
The machine is powered by the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine from Ford, featuring a flat-plane crankshaft, which optimizes high-speed engine breathing. The 5.2-liter unit produces more than 500 HP (368 kW) and more than 542 Nm (400 lb-ft). It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and a tuned limited-slip Torsen differential with 3.73 axle ratio. An electronically modulated rear-mounted air-to-oil differential cooler maintains “ideal temperatures during track driving”.
Other improvements include 19-inch lightweight carbon fiber wheels, making Ford the first major automaker to introduce this wheel technology as standard equipment. The manufacturer has removed the air conditioning, the stereo system, the rear seats, the trunk floorboard and carpet, the backup camera and the emergency tire sealer and inflator in order to achieve lower weight. Exhaust resonators have also been removed for weight savings, creating a “sharper exhaust tone”.
Thanks to this, the car is 59 kg (130 pounds) lighter than the Shelby GT350 Track Pack model. For customers seeking comfort, Ford will be offering the Electronic Package, adding a dual-zone air conditioning, an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, a seven-speaker audio system, turn signal mirrors and more.
Additional details can be found in the attached press release.