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Mustang Shelby GT350R

The 2016 Ford Mustang, with its strong V8 power plant, was already a very nice sports car. The Shelby GT350 takes that up a notch, and when you add the GT350r designation, you have nothing but a race car.

The GT350r took everything that made the regular GT350 great, and threw out everything that could be thrown out, to make it a lean and mean road course car. The 24-hours of Lemans may have been in mind when Ford put together this muscle machine. The GT350 is a sports car that had the experts drooling, and adding the R designation takes that up a level even higher.

 

Power plant

The car is powered by a 5.2 liter V8, which is the same as the other Mustangs.The standard engine delivers 526 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque. It has a six-speed manual transmission, and “launch control,” which is an electronics package that assists in shifting gears for maximum performance. What makes this one different from the other 350 model is the attention to detail in the suspension and focus on the handling, that make it a great road course car. It sits a little lower than the other Mustangs, and the aerodynamics have been tweaked even more for ultimate performance.

 

Handling

Perhaps to make the point that this is a race car. There is no air conditioning, no back seats or stereo. There are no creature comforts and it is just barely street legal. One unique feature is the tires, which are carbon-fiber and Ford is the first major automaker to use them. The tires are 19 inches tall, 11 inches up front and 11.5 in the back, and makes cornering incredibly tight.

 

Here are some performance statistics produced by Car and Driver

 

Zero to 60 mph: 3.9 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 8.6 sec

Zero to 130 mph: 14.5 sec

Zero to 150 mph: 21.2 sec

Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.5 sec

Top gear, 30-50 mph: 10.3 sec

Top gear, 50-70 mph: 10.1 sec

Standing ΒΌ-mile: 12.2 sec @ 119 mph

Top speed (C/D est): 175 mph

Braking, 70-0 mph: 146 ft

 

Features

Two unique features take this performance car to a whole new level. Electronic line lock keeps brakes locked to enable warming of the tires as you get ready to take on the course. For drag racing, there is launch control, that uses brakes, traction control and the power train all in sync to give maximum performance.

The GT350R gets 14-21 miles per gallon, but at this level of performance you probably are not that worried about gas mileage. Ford says it will go 350 miles on a tank of gas and the tank is rated at 16 gallons.

Other features include an engine oil cooler, block heater, rear differential cooler, and transmission oil cooler.

The gauges are also performance oriented, with these items at eye level.

 

Speedometer

Odometer

Voltmeter

Engine Coolant Temp

Tachometer

Oil Level

Oil Temperature

Trip Odometer

Trip Computer

 

There is also an app available that will keep a record of your performance on the track or the road course, as well as a lot of other technical information on the performance of the automobile. It does have modern technology, but if it does not have to do with performance, it is not included in this monster car.

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