Over the years, Ford has churned out numerous versions of the Mustang. Well, Ford is at it again, this time, the automaker has rolled out a track-only Mustang dubbed the “ The 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby FP350s ”. The model, created by the Ford Performance team is targeted to buyers who want to seriously contend for various tracking events. What’s more, the car can race in numerous events. To be specific, it will race at NASA, SCCA and Trans Am club events. Read along to find out more:
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby FP350s Exterior
On the outside, the FP350S looks almost identical to the Mustang GT4 as well as the Shelby GT350R-C. Only a few visual differences tell it apart. At the front, the only difference with the above models is that it has additional splitter struts compared to the GT350R-Cand slight modifications on the bumper where it misses canards on each side compared to the GT4. Still, on the splitter, Ford has used carbon-fiber to reduce overall curb weight.
On the sides, the wheels are the only feature that sets it apart from the above models. It features 19-inch wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli tires rather than Continental tires like on the GT350R-C. There is an option for 18-inch forged wheels.
At the rear, the model is unique. It features a larger wing made from carbon-fiber. The wing sits higher than the one on the GT4 or that of the GT350R-C that looks more of a spoiler than a wing.
Buyers will have an option for a graphics package that features double racing stripes that commence from the snout and run rearwards to the trunk-lid. There are also vertical stripes on the doors as well a host of “Ford Performance” lettering and logos.
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby FP350s Interior
The interior of the model is still a mystery. However, since it is a race-specific model, I expect it to be fully equipped with all equipment required for track racing in the U.S.A. The automaker, however, intimated that the model’s cockpit will have an FIA-compliant roll racing seat that has 6-point harnesses, as well as a quick-release steering wheel. This wheel helps in case of a crash and makes it easy to enter or exit the car.
To improve performance analysis in the cockpit, the FP350s features a MOTEC data system that enables easy acquisition of performance data. The model will also feature a simplistic display in place of the traditional, analog cluster. Also, expect to find an upgraded center stack integrated with more knobs, buttons and switches.
Engine specs and performance
The FP350S has received a significant revision under the hood. It is fitted with a 5.2 L, V-8 mill. The mill features a flat crank plan. It also features a 12-quart-deep sump oil pan and cooler. It is paired with a Tremec 3160 manual gearbox with an integral shifter and oil pump as well as a Torsen differential that features a 3.73 rear drive ratio. To aid the engine is a race-tuned exhaust system in place of the standard unit. Official performance details are not yet out but the engine is estimated to produce 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. This power will enable it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in an estimated time of 3.5 seconds.
To bring the monstrous engine to a halt are AP Racing Radi-CAL 6-piston brake calipers that feature 14.6-inch rotors for the front wheels and AP Racing 4-poston clamps that feature 13.4-inchrotors at the rear. Beefed-up cooling ducts help channel cooling air to the braking system making it remain effective as you dash along the tracks.
Price and release date
Ford is yet to announce official prices of the FP350S. As for the release date, the model will go on sale next year in time of the racing season.
Since the model will compete in three different series, it will compete with a number of models. In the Trans Am series, the 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby FP350s will sweat it out with the likes of BMW M3, Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette in the TA3 class and Chevrolet Camaro in the TA4 category. It will also face the Camaro in the SCCA and NASA series.