M with his 5.2-liter V8 and 533 hp, the Ford Shelby GT350 is not only made for the road, but also for the racetrack. This is what Ford proclaims. Some owners of the 2016 model year had different experiences. And they are suing the US District Court in South Florida. 'Autoblog' and other media reports.
Gearbox or differential to blame?
The dissatisfied customers accuse the US automaker of failing to keep its promise of a muscle car suitable for the race track to have. On the contrary: The 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang should switch to a so-called 'Limp Mode' after 15 minutes or less for safety reasons. This means that the 533 hp athlete drastically reduces power and practically only hobbles over the asphalt. Instead of chasing over it and nibbling on straights and curves.
The plaintiffs cite the reason that the gearbox or the rear differential should overheat. Or both at the same time. The braked GT350 would therefore conjure up dangerous situations on the racetrack. Sounds logical if it's true: Other participants could be surprised by the slow muscle car.
According to the indictment, the overheating problems affect models with basic equipment and those with a technology package. The track package, which heats the transmission, engine and differential with additional coolers, is not affected. It was an additional $ 6,500. It has been standard in the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang since the 2017 model year. The prosecution, represented by the law firms Hagens Berman and Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, sees this as additional evidence of misconduct by Ford. To a certain extent, it is an admission that one had previously sold cars with faulty gearboxes and differentials.
Ford USA commented on the lawsuit in a brief statement: 'Ford is obliged to provide its customers with cars from top To deliver quality. We do not comment on an ongoing legal dispute. ”