Ford and the iconic Shelby have done it again, and just in time for the official presentation during the 2015 North American International Auto Show taking place right as we speak in Detroit, the motoring capital of America.
The new Mustang variant is what we may call the most racing-ready pony ever developed for series production – the thoroughbred has stormed Detroit with 500 plus horsepower under its hood. Recently unveiled under the glittering lights of the Detroit motor show, the Shelby GT350R Mustang is going to award its user with “never-before-seen track capability from a Mustang” thanks to the engineers that developed “innovations in aerodynamics, chassis engineering and light-weighting” and the model is set to hit roads and the aforementioned tracks sometimes later in 2015.
Aerodynamically and visually fit, the Mustang has a new hood vent, a more dynamic diffuser, vented wheel wells and aggressive turbulence-reducing fender vents, wheel air curtains and side skirts. There’s a new front splitter reengineered to increase downforce, and a not so sure if it’s efficient but looks astonishing carbon fiber rear wing. Exterior touches include red painted brake calipers, red pin striping edging the optional racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging.
Ford has again provided the model with its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine, which has features such as an flat-plane crankshaft, designed to optimize high-speed engine breathing. From the 5.2-liter displacement the driver is rewarded with more than 500 HP (368 kW) and at least 542 Nm (400 lb-ft). The petrol heads will need to deal with the old-fashioned stick, as the transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission, accompanied by a tuned limited-slip Torsen differential with 3.73 axle ratio. For the first time a major automaker also introduces in series production lightweight carbon fiber rims – of the 19 inch variety. There’s no air conditioning, stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and emergency tire sealer and inflator to get in the way of driving pedal to the metal, which is also very good when you also want to save some weight – which means it’s 59 kg (130 pounds) lighter than the Shelby GT350 Track Pack variety. If anyone feels fancy enough to take the new Shelby to the Opera (really?!) Ford does offer the option of adding the Electronic Package, which brings into the mix dual-zone air conditioning, an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, a seven-speaker audio system and others not worth mentioning.