The all-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R only made its debut a fortnight ago in Detroit but already there are whispers the car lapped the Nürburgring in a time of 7:32.19. The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is yet to announce an official time but numerous prototypes for the Shelby GT350R were spotted at the notorious German race track during the past 12 months, suggesting a time has been set.
The 7:32.19 figure was first reported by EVO and if accurate means the Shelby GT350R is substantially quicker at a track than its main target, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The Z/28 ran a 7:37.47 at the 'Ring in late 2013, although admittedly the Chevy’s time was set in slightly wet conditions. It's also worth a mention that the fifth-gen Camaro is due to be replaced by an all-new, lighter model in the coming months.
But what's perhaps most impressive is that the reported lap time for the Shelby GT350R is comparable with those for the Ferrari 458 Italia and Type 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. However, it should also be noted that Nürburgring lap times should be seen as just an estimation of performance since track and weather conditions can vary significantly between runs, and there are no set regulations or even an independent body to check whether a vehicle is run in stock form.
In case you’ve forgotten, the Shelby GT350R is a hotter version of the already extreme Mustang Shelby GT350. It’s been developed by the new Ford Performance skunk works and comes with a 5.2-liter V-8 fitted with a flat-plane crank and rated at more than 500 horsepower. It also features unique aero modifications and some substantial weight-saving mods, one of which is the application of carbon fiber wheels.
By the way, one additional bragging right for Ford is that its Mustang nameplate is one of the most popular passwords used on the Internet. According to SplashData—a company specializing in password management—“mustang” was the 16th most common password found on the Internet in 2014 and the only car-related name that found its way into the top 25. The most popular password, believe it or not, was “123456”.