The Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] latest Mustang Shelby GT350R is following in the footsteps of its predecessors by going racing, in this case in the remainder of the 2015 season of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. A specific racing version of the car has been revealed today in the form of the GT350R-C, and will be competing this weekend at Watkins Glen.
The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is a support series for the United SportsCar Championship, and features race cars closely linked to production models. There are two classes, Grand Sport and Street Tuner, with the GT350R-C to enter the former. The GS class is designed for cars with high-capacity engines with six or more cylinders, and includes race cars based on the Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Nissan 370Z and Porsche 911.
The GT350R-C will run a 5.2-liter V-8 that’s virtually identical to the one in the road-going GT350R, right down to its flat-plane crankshaft. The race car will also feature an adapted version of the advanced, fully independent suspension from GT350R—fitted with revised spring rates and anti-roll bars, lower ride height, unique track-tuned alignment settings, revised bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the front.
Long-time Ford partner Multimatic Motorsports will manage the race team, with drivers Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Austin Cindric and Jade Buford signed up. Multimatic is also helping develop Ford’s new race car based on the GT supercar, which is due to enter the 2016 World Endurance Championship.
“Ford is committed to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and we’re very happy to be campaigning its product here,” Multimatic team principal Larry Holt said in a statement. “We like the endurance format, and the racing is always intense.”
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