buying 2017 Ford Mustang GT350R: Crashing A Ford GT Rally In Ford's Other Ultimate Track Car

03:50  30 august  2017
03:50  30 august  2017 Source:   Forbes

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Ford loaned me a 2017 Shelby GT 350 R to join a Ford GT Owners Rally . The last time I was on this track was in Ford ' s other ultimate track car , the 2017 Ford GT . But it wasn't just my familiarity with the track that made the GT 350 R such an unmitigated joy to drive.

But to be clear I’m going to make a bold statement: The Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 R is the best track car I’ve ever driven. The last time I was on this track was in Ford ’ s other ultimate track car , the 2017 Ford GT .

When a last-minute logistical challenge kept me from driving my 2005 Ford GT to this year’s Ford GT Forum Owners Rally I had two choices. Fly to Park City and plod around in a rental car, or call Ford to see if they had a suitable alternative. I was hoping they’d have a 2017 Ford GT available, but that supercar isn’t in the West Coast press fleet. Yet. Instead, Ford offered me a 2017 Shelby GT350R.

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The Shelby GT350R is one of the most capable track cars ever produced

I drove a Shelby GT350 last year and really enjoyed it. I knew the GT350R was an even more focused track car, but would it be different enough to justify a story? Given the page you’re currently reading you probably already know the answer. But to be clear I’m going to make a bold statement: The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is the best track car I’ve ever driven.

It was perfectly fitting to be driving the GT350R at Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) near Salt Lake City. The last time I was on this track was in Ford’s other ultimate track car, the 2017 Ford GT. But it wasn’t just my familiarity with the track that made the GT350R such an unmitigated joy to drive. It was its combination of power, intuitive feedback and sheer confidence.

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And, I’ll be honest, aggressively driving someone else’s (as in Ford’s) $67,745 car on a track is far less intimidating than driving someone else’s half-million dollar car. So while the new GT is certainly more capable, I know full well I didn’t go anywhere near its limits back in April. This time around I was able to use a much higher percentage of the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350R’s full potential, thus the “best track car” statement above. (For the record, at some point I plan to be on a track with my own new Ford GT; when that happens my willingness to push it will be higher still, and I’m guessing it will eclipse this track experience).

Plus, they say it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. With a 5.2-liter V8 making 526 horsepower the Mustang GT350R isn’t slow. But the way this flat-plane-crankshaft engine makes horsepower, with its relentless build versus the all-or-nothing dump of off-line torque delivered by most high-horsepower V8s, the GT350R is far easier to manage in a track situation. The engine redlines at 8,250 rpm, and its flexible power curve (torque peaks at 429 pound-feet at 4,750 rpm) means you can leave it in 3rd gear for nearly every section of UMC’s 23-turn, 4.5-mile road course.

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It’s not just the high-revving, wide powerband V8 that makes the GT350R a track-day superhero. This engine pairs with one of the best 6-speed manual transmissions I’ve had the opportunity to stir. The throws are short, precise and completely intuitive after about 30 seconds, meaning no second-guessing when you’re heel-and-toeing from 140 mph on UMC’s front straight. A flexible, high-revving V8 with a no-brainer transmission? What could be better?

How about pairing that drivetrain with one of the best suspension, brake, tire and wheel systems available on a production car? Ford’s engineers paid special attention to how they set up the Shelby GT350R’s chassis, with relocated suspension pickup points (to accommodate the wider wheels), upgraded suspension components and the latest MagneRide suspension technology. The latter uses magnetorheological fluid to instantaneously alter the shocks’ behavior across five chassis settings (Normal, Sport, Weather, Track and Drag).

The upgraded suspension makes way for 19-inch, Shelby GT350R-specific carbon fiber wheels, measuring 11 inches wide in front and 11.5 inches in back. These wheels wear supersticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, sized 305/30 and 315/30. The grip of these tires cannot be overstated. Before arriving at the track I tried a few aggressive standing-start launches and the car simply squatted and shot forward. If you’re looking to do easy burnouts stick with a standard Mustang GT.

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You will find those Mustang enthusiasts who else enjoy a ride on the songs occasionally and thus need a vehicle that satisfies our daily programs and still has the muscles in order to quench our tracking desires when they strike. Well, which is what the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is made for.

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Of course doing burnouts in this Mustang is like doing donuts in an elementary school parking lot. Completely inappropriate. Sure, the GT350R has line lock, drag mode and launch control, but the car is meant for tearing up tracks not burning up expensive rubber. As composed and functional as it felt over a 250-mile public road driving loop through northeast Utah and southwest Wyoming, the Shelby’s true purpose didn’t materialize until the Ford GT Rally reached Utah’s premier track facility.

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Bringing roughly 80 2005 and 2006 Ford GTs, along with a half-dozen new 2017 GTs, to a track facility sets up quite a visual feast. In this setting your might expect a Mustang, even in Shelby GT350R form, to get lost among the low-slung, exotic-shaped bodywork. Instead, nearly every Ford GT owner took time to note how impressed they were with the vehicle. Almost all of them were fully versed in the GT350R’s pedigree, and several GT owners claimed they either had one or were anxiously trying to get one.

After multiple track sessions mixing it up with Ford GTs it’s obvious why Ford’s exotic car owners respect this Mustang. Around UMC’s 23 turns the Shelby GT350R performed without compromise. Whether repeatedly hammering the Brembo brakes to slow from 140 to 75 mph for turn 1 or strafing the left-right-left apexes in turns 16-18 the coupe remained stable, composed and confidence inspiring.

It’s that last element that ultimately limits a driver’s speed around a track. Even if one vehicle is theoretically more capable than another, the car that encourages full use of its suspension, brakes and tires will always have the upper hand. This is where the Shelby GT350R beguiles. It’s simply unflappable, even when driven at its limit in “Track” mode. And when those limits are reached it informs you with subtle hints, not the abrupt alarm bells sounded by other track cars.

When you consider the level of advanced engineering going on under the GT350R’s skin the starting price of $64,545 is quite a bargain. Our test car had the $3,000 R Electronics Package that adds dual zone climate control, Ford’s Sync system in a single CD head unit with satellite radio, plus a tire inflator and sealant kit. In this configuration the car is easy to live with off the track, though rear visibility is somewhat compromised by the carbon fiber wing. Of course there’s no rear seat in any GT350R, but the Recaro front buckets manage to offer exceptional lateral support during extreme track driving while still proving comfortable for extended public road jaunts.

In the last few years Ford has endeavored to make two “race cars for the street.” One is the Ford GT. The other is the Shelby GT350R. If you can’t afford or attain one, take heart, you won’t be the least bit disappointed in the other.

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