“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology.”
In aerodynamics, the 2019 Shelby GT350 features a new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and an enhanced grille closeout that was conceived and tweaked with knowledge gained from wind tunnel development derived from Ford Performance Mustang road course cars as well as the upcoming Shelby GT500. These features provide greater aerodynamic efficiency when combined with the Gurney flap on the rear spoiler.
Ford Performance also worked with Michelin to create the GT350’s new Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. These tires feature a GT350-exclusive tread pattern and distinctive compound for better acceleration and braking. These tires are fitted to 19-inch wheels front and back.
Underneath, enhancements to the standard MagneRide active suspension work together with the aero and tire improvements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take the GT350 to the next level on the track. Bringing everything to a halt are six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes. Electric power steering and three-mode electronic stability control have been honed from hundreds of hours of testing on the track.
The naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with a redline of 8,250 rpm. A Tremec 6-speed manual transmission is also standard.
“Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving,” he said. “It’s a rewarding car to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike, while making the driver feel like a superhero. It’s confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster.”
The new 2019 Shelby GT350 should hit the streets in early 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced.
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