Get ready to tear up the track in this race-ready (and not street legal) Shelby.
We’ve seen plenty of track-variants of the mighty Ford Mustang, but you won't see us complain if another one rolls out. This latest model, revealed at the US Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, is the Shelby FP350S, which has been specifically designed to race at Trans Am, NASA and SCCA club events. In other words, it isn’t road-legal. Pity. "Our goal has always been to provide those who want to race with equipment that enables them to compete and win," said Dave Pericak from Ford Performance.
The Shelby FP350S is our latest example." A successor to last year’s Shelby GT350R-C (a race-ready version of the Shelby GT350R) and GT4, the FP350S is powered by a 5.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V8 engine from Ford Performance with a custom exhaust. This puts it on par with the regular road-going Mustang, but it’s been fitted with a wealth of upgrades to make it ready for the racetrack. Trawling through the specs list, you get a 3160 six-speed manual transmission with a 3.73 rear final drive ratio and an integral oil pump, a modified unibody chassis with seam welding and a six-point, FIA-compliant roll cage.
You also get a performance-oriented oil pan and oil cooler, race-oriented suspension component, including electric steering calibrations and ultra-high-performance brake system, a quick-release steering wheel and racing seat and a Ford Performance splitter and carbon-fiber adjustable rear wing. Oh, and some optional Shelby FP350S custom graphics. Exactly how much the savage Shelby FP350S will set you back isn’t known, but if you’re looking for a race-ready machine to tear up the track, your local U.S. Ford dealer will gladly sell you one next year.