2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Gets Updated with GT500 Parts

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Weight saving, a transplant of parts taken from the GT500 bigger brother and the use of most of the upgrades made in the past generation. This how the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R present itself to customers willing to take it for a spin on the track or a trip on the road.
The R variant of the GT350 was last refreshed in 2015, but nearly every year it received this or that upgrade to keep it at the top of its food chain. For the 2020 model year, the source of inspiration was not the GT350, but the brand new GT500.

According to Ford, engineers have fitted some GT500 parts into this model to increase its performance levels, but also its appeal.

Technical upgrades taken from the GT500 include the deployment of a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle and tweaked front suspension geometry. A new steering rack and recalibrated electric power steering control also made on the improved version.

In an attempt to bring the weight down, Ford removed elements like the rear seat and exhaust resonators and added things like carbon fiber wheels, front splitter, and rear wing.

Setting the GT350R apart from the car it is based on are red painted brake calipers, over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging, including on the steering wheel.

Commenting the updates, Ford Performance chief program engineer Ed Krenz said they are meant to bring the model in line with the rest of the Mustang range.

“It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” he said.

“These latest updates to the GT350R keep its performance competitive and on the top, if its game, whether that’s on the track or on the street.”

Ford did not say how much the 2020 GT350R costs, nor when it will be available.
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