Ford Performance Shelby GT350R-C Pops Up, Has A Handful of Racing Updates

Track-only cars are, in our view, the biggest tease there is (rhyme unintended) for a petrolhead, for the simple reason: few people get to drive one, and they're all well-trained professionals. Well, at least we can watch, right?
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It goes the same with the freshly unveiled Ford Shelby GT350R-C. There's no need to tell you it is based on the standard Shelby GT350R and recommends itself as a circuit-molesting tool, but there are a few things you should know about this car.

First and foremost, the race car features an adapted version of the advanced, fully independent suspension from GT350R. In other words, engineers fitted the GT350R-C with revised spring rates and antiroll bars, lower ride height, unique track-tuned alignment settings, revised bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the front.

The 5.2-liter V8 engine keeps its flat-plane crankshaft (by the way, that's something you see in exotic cars), just as in the GT350R, which Ford revealed earlier this year, in January, as one of more than 12 new vehicles Ford Performance will bring to market by 2020. However, power output for the race version remains a mystery so far.

"Like so many Mustangs before it, the Shelby GT350R is a car born to race,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “We’re taking it to the track as the GT350R-C and we’re ready to see what it can do against the best competition in the world.”

It goes without saying that the interior has been cleared of every standard part you can think of while the exterior pretty much speaks for itself. The Shelby GT350R-C will compete in the remainder of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
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