Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Track Tested At VIR: Video

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Flat-plane crank, magnetic dampers, all of Ford’s performance wizardry: the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is packing a lot of heat. How does it stack up on track?

We don’t know yet for ourselves, but from this video, it looks like things are shaping up well.

You might remember we were a bit underwhelmed by the last Shelby Mustang—the GT500. It was very competent, but lacked driver involvement. It was also very heavy and working with a variety of high-tech kludges to make its old-school suspension work.

Much of that should be changed with the upcoming GT350, which promises more than 500 hp and more than 400 lb-ft of torque from its flat-plane 5.2-liter V-8. The move to independent suspension in the new Mustang will be further aided by the addition of the MagneRide magneto-rheological dampers, and the GT350’s improved aerodynamics should prove to be effective on the track.

On-track performance counts, too, as the new GT350 is really more of a successor to the BOSS 302 and its Laguna Seca edition than to the bruiser that was the GT500. Like the GT350, the BOSS 302 line used a juiced normally aspirated V-8 and ample track-tuned upgrades, including aerodynamics, to extract the maximum potential from the previous S197 platform.

Ford hasn’t announced when the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 will hit the streets, but it’s looking like it may be sooner than later.

 
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