2015 Ford Shelby GT350R Is As Fast As Porsche 911 GT3

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

According to Ford, the upcoming Shelby Mustang can lap a track faster than its main rival, and is as fast as the European sports cars like the Porsche 911 GT3.

According to MotorAuthority and Autoevolution Ford is claiming that its track-ready Shelby GT350R has lapped the Grattan Raceway a full second faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and is on par with the Porsche 911 GT3. The track may not have the same recognition as say Laguna Seca or Road America, but it’s clear Ford is sparing no time earning its bragging rights.

Other details about the GT350R are being shared this week, including the vehicle’s weight of 3,650 lbs. That makes it 150 lbs lighter than a Mustang GT with the track package. In order to make this 5.2-liter V8 equipped muscle car weigh so less while packing things like a high tech magnetic suspension setup, Ford is using carbon fiber wheels and has left the air conditioning and rear seats behind. That V8 puts out an impressive 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque and has a 8,250 RPM redline and should pair nicely to the vehicles low weight to deliver a truly exhilarating track experience.

Earlier this month, Ford detailed the standard customizable shift lights in the GT350 that use the LED warning lights from Ford’s forward collision warning system.

Limited to just 37 models, the 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R will cost $62,195.

[Source: MotorAuthority and AutoEvolution]

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Frank Lin Frank Lin on Aug 02, 2015

    What is the reason for such low production number of just 37 for the GT350R?

    • Chris Daigle Chris Daigle on Aug 03, 2015

      They say the original GT350R model had only 37 examples built as race cars during the first production year. But this web site says there were only 34: http://1965gt350mustang.com/numbers.html They have limited the numbers to match according to Ford. I wish they would do a 2015 1/2 model and make as many as they can sell. They are going to be a scarce as hens teeth and the guy who paid a million for the first car made is going to make a lot of money if they keep it to only 37 cars.

  • Chris Daigle Chris Daigle on Aug 03, 2015

    The GT350R is winning in the Continental Sports Car Challenge. In the last race, one car came from last at the start to pass every Porsche and Camaro. That team took 1st and 2nd, while another GT350R was crashed out of the race. Fast car!