In one word: yes.
Word is coming in that the new Ford Shelby GT350R has lapped the Nurburgring in 7:32.19. We all knew this was going to happen sooner or later, and now we’re just waiting for an official announcement from Ford. That’s more than five seconds faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which did the lap in 7:37.47. The news is hardly that surprising, but Mustang fans will be thrilled nonetheless. Camaro people, well, your redemption will have to come later.
Exact power figures for the GT350R were never released, with Ford only claiming that it produces more than 500 hp from that new flat-plane crank V8. The Z/28 has a 7.0-liter V8 churning out 505 hp. Both have plenty of lightweight, carbon-fiber aerodynamic components, but the Z/28 is without question the heavier car. We’ll provide more details, hopefully with a video of the GT350R’s run, as soon as they’re available.