I n the sixties, Ford started in motorsport right through. As film buffs now know as well as car and motorsport fans, the US company achieved a great international success with the GT40 in Le Mans in 1966. The main responsibility for this was race and test driver Ken Miles, who had already achieved a highly acclaimed victory the year before: On February 14, 1965, racing driver Ken Miles was the first to cross the finish line of the Green Valley Raceway in Texas in a Mustang Shelby GT350 Fastback Coupé First relevant triumph of the then still quite new Mustang on the racetrack.
In the motorsport national colors of the USA
55 years later, Ford is commemorating this event with a special model. Based on the current Shelby GT350 and its R version, the manufacturer has launched the Heritage Edition Package. Like the racing car developed by the legendary Carroll Shelby at the time, the edition model has a paint finish in the colors that the USA used for racing cars at the time: Wimbledon white with racing stripes in Guardsman Blue. There are blue badges both on the front and back of the body and on the specially designed dashboard. Ford also equips the R models with black seats with red stitching.
The Heritage Edition models are based on the 2020 model year of the Shelby GT350, which has an improved front chassis geometry, optimized adaptive damper control Magne-Ride, a revised ABS and newdesigned aerodynamic components. The tightened R-model also has the higher-mounted steering knuckles of the new Shelby GT500 as well as a recalibrated power steering with a different rack.
5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 533 hp
The 533 PS and a maximum of 582 Newton meters strong, uncharged 5.2-liter V8 heart beats under the hood, which transfers its power to the rear wheels via a manual Tremec six-speed gearbox. A Torsen limited-slip differential helps to transfer the power to the asphalt. A Brembo sports brake system works behind the 19-inch wheels, which are covered all around with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
The Heritage Edition Package for the hot Ford Mustang costs 1,965 dollars, the equivalent of almost 1,800 euros. This increases the price of the Shelby GT350 to $ 62,405, which is currently a good 56,000 euros. The Shelby GT350R with the equipment package costs at least $ 75,400 (about 68,000 euros). Orders can now be placed, and delivery of the cars that will be produced in the Flat Rock, Michigan plant from the beginning of 2020 will start in spring.