Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang, A 500 HP Beast In Honor Of Carroll Shelby
|   Friday, December 05, 2014
Ford introduced the new Shelby GT350 Mustang, a model dedicated to Carroll Shelby and equipped with the most powerful aspirated V8 ever offered by the American brand.

The model is equipped with a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, which provides a level of power over 500 hp and a maximum torque of 540 Nm. Ford has turned to a crankshaft-type flat-plane (like all Ferrari V8s, for example) never used for a V8 that ever wore the American brand's logo, to ensure a high level of performance designed to surpass that of the old Mustang Boss 302.


"Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips," stated Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer for Ford Global Performance Vehicles.

The model will be equipped as standard with a six-speed manual transmission that delivers resources to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited slip differential. The Mustang Shelby GT350's version will also benefit from the optional circuit package that includes an additional oil radiator for cooling the transmission and engine and the driver will have a control system that offers five driving modes. This system acts on ESP, ABS, steering response, traction control system, throttle response, the exhaust and MagnaRide active suspension.

The dynamic performance is strengthened by the reconfigured sports suspension, with Brembo braking system which has 15-inch wheels, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which equip the new 19-inch wheels.

The Shelby GT350's body presents an aluminum hood, a dedicated aerodynamic package plus a special finish. The interior has also been changed and now havs Recaro sports seats, a set of dedicated board clocks, and has fewer chrome or shiny surfaces, to avoid disturbing the driver on the road. Optionally, Ford offers a technology package which includes electrically adjustable seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control with dual zone adjustment, Shaker audio and MyTouch infotainment system.

The folks at Ford said that the Shelby GT350 is the most balanced and agile serial Mustang ever offered. The model is designed to be fast on the track without losing the qualities that make it suitable for everyday driving on public roads. Complete technical specifications of the Shelby GT350 were revealed after the official presentation at the Auto Show in Los Angeles.

Carroll Shelby is the man whose name became synonymous with Mustang for his history of transforming an ordinary car into a racer. It also helps take the place of the highly popular Boss 302.

Shelby's died in 2012 and so he didn't live long enough to see the launch of the sixth-generation Mustang in 2015, the model that finally switches to an independent rear suspension.

"When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends. Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power," said Ford's head of Global Product Development, Raj Nair.
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