2019 GT500 Mule? Front Gills/Louvers

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    Intriguing .
     
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    Need to know MORE?!! Looks like a 350? Are they using it to test the engine?
     
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    I can tell you that I overheard.. They were testing TT's, but they have switched to a blower. I'm thinking its a late 2018 MY or early 2019 MY release.
     
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    Interesting. I thought they'd go TT for sure. I hope they work on that wing. Those appear to be the Carbon wheels.
     
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    Some cool little engine bay side vents.
     
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    Oh my Lordy.....those are the sort of photos that would get someone fired! :eyebulge:

    I'm assuming these were taken at a Ford or Roush facility. It also appears to be the same prototype that was spotted on the streets (016 M 500). That same car was spotted with two different rear wings and different wheels up front.


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    I believe that Manufacturer plates are just like dealer plates, in that they don't correlate with a specific car. I'm not saying that those are 2 different cars, just that it's a possibility.
     
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    Very good possibility that's a '18 GT PP mule, but just as likely to be something much more special too. Agreed with the above on the plates.

    Honestly could also be just a 18 GT350/R.
     
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    I am not aware of any significant GT350 updates. I have only heard. Bullitt, Mach 1, "GT500". However last time I brought up the Mach 1, I heard it was something more special. So aside from Bullitt. I feel like I am back at square one.

    What is interesting about the spy pictures is 15-17 headlights... Which I am pleased about.
     
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    #11 machsmith, Mar 20, 2017
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    Headlights I'm sure will change once the refresh is done. 18R is same as '17 = no updates. This is most likely a mach1/gt500/cobra variant. Those front quarter "gills" are the first I have seen. Very cool! I hope it makes it to production! Most likely for supercharged heat dissipation.

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    Remember that space underneath the new revised headlight? That's a intake and it will funnel air thru the bay and vent out the side "gills"
     
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    They may very well change, but if they are using the majority of the GT350 tooling. They might just update the lights content wise, as that would further differentiate it from the 18'.

    I don't know, based on the GT350 mules seen over the winter the year prior to it being released. Production intent panels will have to be on the car really soon if there are going to be a departure from the GT350.

    I would venture new hood, fenders, and fascia accents. But the fascia and CFRP Rad support being unchanged.
     
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    I hope that mule is a 2018 GT350. It would be so cool to have front fender side vents. That would be revolutionary !
     
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    They look great...
    Raptor has them and they are functional. I hope that they look a tad bit nicer than the raptors, I'm sure they will.
     
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    Changes to the '18MY GT350 would go against this though, which stated "the only changes to the 2018 Shelby GT350/R will be exterior colours. All other functional interior and exterior content will carry over from 17MY"

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    Interesting. That hood doesn't look designed to clear a supercharger.

    Either an NA hp bump 350, the already done gt4, or an ecoboost setup.
    The fender hills are quite interesting. But they don't look like the aesthetic of other openings on the car. That could mean either they are rough, functional cuts to test, since it's using a soon to be outdated from the end, or it means nothing and could have been an experiment on the current model. Or... very likely... it was simply an early test of louveted extractors that have since been moved to the hood for simpler and cheaper production... on the CURRENT gt4, which is likely what it is. Would explain the entirety of this card setup, which is a mule we've seen before.

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    Or this could be the long rumoured Mach 1? I'd expect that to be normally aspirated....hopefully with a cross plane crank 5.2 :)

    However, you'd assume the fender gills (sure there should be 3 to match the DRLs ;) ) would be required for a FI setup.
     
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    Though I'd like it to be otherwise, I've completed my post to reveal what I actually think it is: just a mule experimenting with heat extraction for the gt4. Those gills having been moved to the hood (and expanded) for cheaper production.
     
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    Very possible :)

    However, not sure why they'd need to test the GT4 on the road and, therefore, camo it.

    Good old Ford.....always keeping us guessing :)
     
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    It's a race car. But testing should involve more than simply racing it on a race track only.

    In reverse logic, it would be like saying why test a street car on a race track?

    You learn different things in different environments.

    And there may be gt350 improvements to be had from gt4 development. History would seem to prove this out.

    In any case, Ford needs to get a move on with the enthusiast Mustangs (Cobra/Mach/etc) because outside of the 350 performance and overall sales numbers, it's not cool watching Camaro being given a free pass to rule the streets (SS>GT/v6>eco4/ZL1 top dog by default).

    The ecoboost tech is superior. The v8 engine tech is superior. They e dialed in handling. The A10 will match chevys A10.

    Just need to dump some weight and pull the trigger on upgrades and halo models. 3 years in already...
     
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