Ford has showcased the latest performance-oriented iteration of its iconic muscle car – the Mustang. Called Mustang Shelby GT350R, this new model is a track-focussed lightweight version of the standard GT350.
The Shelby GT350R gets streamlined bodywork, which reduces the drag coefficient and other aerodynamic aids. The headlamp of the Shelby GT350R is positioned about one inch lower than it does in the standard car. It also comes with a carbon fibre splitter in the front and a spoiler on the boot. A host of carbon fibre parts in the car have helped it lose 58 kilograms over the standard GT350.
The Shelby GT350R is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V8 engine. Though the American manufacturer has withheld the power figures of the Shelby GT350R, reports suggest that the car produces in excess of 500bhp and 540Nm of torque.
Straight line performance wasn’t the only focus as Ford has also made some crucial alterations to the car’s suspension. The Shelby GT350R comes with an electronic adaptive MagneRide system, which recently helped it become the fastest American production muscle car to lap the Nurburgring.
With a time of 7:32.19, the Shelby GT350R trounced the previous record holder - the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28’s time by just over five seconds. Also helping the Shelby GT350R achieve this feat, were the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The Mustang Shelby GT350R is expected to start arriving in US showrooms later this year, as a limited edition model.