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October 2020 Newsletter

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a track-day weapon with 500+ hp

The wait is finally over. After months of spy shots, rumor and innuendo, Ford has officially pulled the wraps off its new Shelby GT350. Judging by the spec sheet and the promises being made – especially that the Shelby GT350 will be “an all-day track car that’s also street legal” – the wait appears to have been worth it.

First things first: The new Shelby GT350 will launch with a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine that uses a flat-plane crankshaft, a first for a production V8 from Ford. (Read more about what makes a flat-plane crankshaft different here). We don’t have confirmed information on power levels, other than a promise of “more than 500 horsepower” and “a torque peak above 400” pound-feet. Ford further says the engine will be a “high-revving” V8, though no actual redline is revealed. A six-speed manual gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential will be standard, while an engine oil cooler and transmission cooler will be available as part of a Track Pack.

Ford has stiffened the GT350’s chassis even more than the standard Mustang GT, which is already the stiffest in the company’s history, with an injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. Those bits, coupled with a wider front track and recalibrated spring rates and bushings, plus a lowered ride height, will pay handling dividends. But we’re more excited by Ford’s first use of MagneRide dampers, which continually adjust to match road conditions and driver demands.

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Source: AutoBlog.com


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