Ford is located in an impressive noise and presents a new performance vehicle after another. With the new Ford GT Americans revealed in Europe comes 2015, the new Ford Focus RS on the market to shake up the scene of the compact sports fans, whereas in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 with 500 hp, the strongest of Ford built in naturally aspirated series of all time for the propulsion provides. But that still was not enough Ford and submit again vigorously by: Later this year, the 2016 Shelby GT350R comes even more stringent in the US market, which even has wheels made of carbon.
Great role model for today’s performance
Already the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 white with his brute power to impress belonging. However, the addition of “R” puts forth extra: Thanks to numerous borrowings from motorsport allows the Shelby GT350R 2016 even more dynamic trips to the racetrack. This Mustang is one of 12 performance vehicles that will bring Ford 2020 on the market.
Review: Exactly 50 years ago, Ford developed jointly with the deceased 2012 race car designer Carroll Shelby a sportier version of the iconic Ford Mustang. The Shelby GT350 Competition was distinguished by its lighter weight, a powerful V8 engine and a modern sports suspension. In motorsports, this vehicle celebrated many successes.
Following the prestigious triumphs of this historical model Ford developed the 2016 Shelby GT350R a sports car that delivers an exceptionally good figure not only on the road, but also on the racetrack. Thanks to numerous innovations in the areas of aerodynamics, suspension and lightweight, the more than 500 horsepower pony car is the fastest production Mustang, Ford sent to the paddock today.
Drive: What does the suffix “R”
Under the hood lies dormant muscular contoured a real power plant: The eight-cylinder 5.2 liter engine mobilized from more than 500 hp and a maximum torque of 540 Nm over. First for Ford: The engine is characterized by a so-called “Flat Plane” “- crankshaft, as they usually come in thoroughbred racing cars or exotic supercar, devoting the crankshaft journals not in the V8 typical 90-degree offset, but in the. 180-degree angle arranged. Advantage: an even more direct response and high power output as well in the upper rpm range.
The new Shelby GT350-R has a special oil cooler, as used in racing cars. This ensures that the engine always operates even under heavy load at the optimum temperature window. Even the 6-speed manual gearbox and differential receive their own cooler. Whether at brisk cornering or accelerating in a straight line under full: The further developed by Ford Torsen lock on the driven rear axle always ensures optimum grip in all conditions.
Sports suspension as Lamborghini and Ferrari
Another unique feature of the Shelby GT350R proves the chassis specially developed. In addition to the revised spring rates, special stabilizers and lower center of gravity, the race track proven setup and special components are designed to provide an unprecedented agility. Finally, the Shelby GT350R benefits from the special vote of Magne Ride shock absorbers.
Thanks Magne Ride (Magnetic Selective Ride Control = Electronic Damping Control), which is also available at super sports car of the caliber of Lamborghini Huracans, Ferrari 458 Italia’s, a Corvette C7 or an Audi R8, the damping characteristic fits over a special, controlled by magnetic hydraulic fluid in 10 milliseconds to the road conditions and driving situation and thus improves handling significantly.
Driven weight saving on the top
In designing the Mustang Shelby GT350R lightweight construction was at the top. The result: the iconic sports car is 65 kilograms lighter than the Shelby GT350 with the so-called “Track Pack”. The “R” deliberately avoids air conditioning, audio system, rear seats, rear view camera, tire repair kit, carpets and the lining of the boot. The removal of the exhaust results in an additional weight saving and ensures a much more prominent for this exhaust sound. The exact weight is not called Ford.
For increased comfort requirements There is an optional package with a two-zone climate control, a navigation system with 8-inch touch screen, side mirrors with blind-spot assistant, an audio system and more.
The weight saving drives Ford so far that even the wheels are made from carbon fiber. Thanks to the lighter wheels respectively to 6.5 kg in 11 x 19 inch front and 11.5 x 19 inch rear benefited the Shelby GT350R of a significant reduction in unsprung masses. In addition, in comparison to conventional aluminum wheels, the carbon rims have a substantially higher rigidity. For best possible grip performance tires provide the type “Pilot Sport Cup 2”, developed its structure and tread compound Michelin especially for the Shelby GT350R.
Strong muscular game with thoughtful extras
The Mustang Shelby GT350R can visually flexing its muscles, but has to a sophisticated aerodynamic concept that includes, among other things, a clad underbody, a rear diffuser, air conduction in the wheel arches and special wind deflector, who also contribute to reduce air turbulence as the aerodynamic wheel design and side sills.
For increased output also ensure the revised front spoiler and the newly developed carbon rear wing. The latter allows especially at higher speeds on the racetrack and an even better handling with maximum stability.
These emphasize numerous design features the styling that are exclusive to the Ford Shelby GT350R reserved. These include, among others, in addition to the wheels of carbon, the larger front spoiler and rear wing red-painted brake calipers, the distinctive “Shelby GT350R” logo and the racing stripes available on request.
Interior: Strict focus on sharp curves
The cockpit of the Shelby GT350R directed from the makers of consistent sportiness. The Recaro sports seats offer sharp bends, an ideal lateral support. Meanwhile, the flat-bottomed steering wheel makes it easier to get in and out. Chrome and glossy finishes reduced the makers clearly so that the driver is not distracted sun reflections. Special decorative stitching, the “2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R” – emblem and the flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with red center mark set new accents.
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