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Old 06-11-2018, 12:14 PM   #1
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2019 GT350 Upgrades: Tech, Aerodynamics and Other GT500 Track Improvements

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‘SOMEWHERE, CARROLL IS SMILING;’ NEW 2019 SHELBY GT350 ADDS TECH FROM MUSTANG ROAD COURSE RACING AND ALL-NEW SHELBY GT500
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  • Upgraded 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 improves on precision and balance all to deliver faster lap times and performance on-track and on the street
  • 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 performance enhancements include improved aerodynamics that reduce drag with the new spoiler and adds downforce with new available Gurney flap installed, new custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus chassis and antilock brake tuning for dramatically greater grip
  • Shelby GT350 benefits from Ford Performance Mustang road course racing experience and Shelby GT500 aerodynamic advancements, plus hundreds of hours of on-track and full vehicle simulations; Billy Johnson, Ford GT World Endurance driver, helped dial in final performance tuning
DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2018 – To improve the new Ford Mustang Shelby® GT350 driver confidence and lap times, Ford Performance leveraged its Mustang road course racing programs and all-new upcoming Shelby® GT500, infusing GT350 with the very latest in track and street technology.

“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology.”

From F-150 Raptor to the Ford GT supercar, Ford Performance is creating authentic performance cars, trucks and utilities that deliver heart-pounding excitement for customers around the world.

Next-level chassis technology and aerodynamics

Building on a road course racing and track-focused legacy born in 1965, Ford Performance engineers and designers incorporated the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology into the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350.

Working exclusively with Michelin, the team also engineered new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and different compound to deliver more grip for significantly improved acceleration and lateral acceleration, as well as braking. The 295/35 front and 305/35 rear tires are fitted to improved stiffness and optimize new 19-inch aluminum wheels.

An all-new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimized grille closeout was designed and tuned with experience gained from wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500 model. Together, they deliver significant rear greater aerodynamic efficiency when equipped with the new optional Gurney flap on the rear spoiler, which will be available after launch.

Upgrades to Mustang Shelby GT350’s standard MagneRide active suspension complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take full advantage of the improvements.

Stopping power is provided by six-piston front and four-piston rear caliper Brembo™ brakes. For added control and improved driver feedback, Shelby GT350’s electric power-assist steering and three-mode electronic stability control settings feature enhancements taken from Ford Performance’s hundreds of hours of competitive track testing.

Tuning with Billy Johnson in the driver’s seat

Billy Johnson knows racing. As a driver for the FIA World Endurance Ford GT and IMSA Mustang GT4 programs, Johnson has broad expertise in what makes for a great driver’s car. He worked with Ford Performance to dial in the Shelby GT350 for 2019.

Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving 5.2-liter V8 remains the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever and the only one of its type in the segment – delivering 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at a blistering 8,250-rpm redline. It’s mated to a track-proven and precise-shifting Tremec® 6-speed manual transmission.

Johnson said the result of the new Mustang Shelby GT350’s aerodynamics tuning, revised brake calibration, and much greater downforce is a more balanced, higher-performing car on the straightaways and especially in the corners.

“Along with improved grip, brake and chassis refinements, Shelby GT350 brings a whole new level of performance driving,” he said. “It’s a rewarding car to drive on track for amateurs and pros alike, while making the driver feel like a superhero. It’s confidence inspiring in corners and begs to be pushed harder and to take corners faster.”

More craftsmanship, technology and style

Inside, driver and passengers of the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 are treated to a comfortable, stylish and purpose-built cockpit boasting the latest in advanced technology and premium materials expected of a world-class sports car.

Fresh sporting cues include a standard machined aluminum instrument panel appliqué with an available exposed carbon fiber version, plus newly designed door panel inserts in dark slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. A wrapped center console offers rich world-class craftsmanship. Standard Recaro race seats with firm side bolstering and open pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance, while new power-adjustable seating is available with Miko suede inserts for those looking for added comfort.

A new high-performance, custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN is now available for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350, controlled via the now standard 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen that features SiriusXM and FordPass™ Connect. Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control is now standard, along with a universal garage door opener.

New colors for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 include Velocity Blue and for the first time, Ford Performance Blue. Optional factory-painted over-the-top racing stripes are available in high-gloss Shadow Black, Oxford White or Kona Blue. Mirror-mounted Shelby Cobra Projection Lamps come standard in the available Technology Package.

The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be available starting in early 2019 and will be built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Enrollment in an exclusive, complimentary Track Attack driving program from Ford Performance is included with each vehicle.

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Old 06-11-2018, 12:23 PM   #2
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No drilled rotors? Non R comes with Cup2 now?
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Lots of interesting things there.

Different brakes (GT500 brakes likely, to commonize), new rims, Sport Cup 2's on regular GT350 (didn't see sizing though), new spoiler (possibly GT500 as well, reduce parts in plant), and the chassis/suspension upgrades.

Perhaps the PP2 was closer to the GT350 than we thought, and some of this is differentiation.
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Interested to see if the new magride calibration can be flashed on prior MY cars.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:02 PM   #6
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We've been bamboozled!!

Actually the spring and shock retuning is definitey interesting me too.
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Different brakes (GT500 brakes likely, to commonize)

Nope. GT500 has a larger caliper and larger diameter rotor than this latest update.


I said it before. The engineers that worked on the initial GT350 development program saw no benefit to a cross-drilled rotor and didn't want them. Their "boss" however did. Once he was no longer in a position to dictate form over function (in this specific case) the engineers won out. What you see now is the result. Question is...which will be less expensive to buy from Ford Parts and Service, given that the dimensions will remain the same, the old cross-drilled rotor or the new non-drilled?
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:11 PM   #8
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Its a nice update.

I wish the splitter was slightly larger so we could upgrade for less-than-R pricing.
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You know what would have been a jaw dropper...and a real kick to where the sun don't shine would have been "A new stiffer and lightweight all aluminum chassis...blah blah blah."

Yep, I would have been trading up.
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Production doesn't start until 2019? That's weird.
edit: I guess delivery starts in early '19.

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So, what does this mean for the "R"? Upgrades also? Obviously they aren't changing the Spoiler or front aero (or so I would assume since it's already different).
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Nope. GT500 has a larger caliper and larger diameter rotor than this latest update.


I said it before. The engineers that worked on the initial GT350 development program saw no benefit to a cross-drilled rotor and didn't want them. Their "boss" however did. Once he was no longer in a position to dictate form over function (in this specific case) the engineers won out. What you see now is the result. Question is...which will be less expensive to buy from Ford Parts and Service, given that the dimensions will remain the same, the old cross-drilled rotor or the new non-drilled?
Hopefully it's a rolling update and the cross drilled rotors will just disappear in the future. Either way this may be a cheaper non drilled option compared to Girodisc.
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So...is the R no more then?
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I wonder if the new rotors are carbide coated. They don't look quite.......right.
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