Ford Shelby Mustang Is Blue Oval's Newest Factory-Built Race Car

Ford's new race-ready Shelby Mustang race car, the FP350S, is ready to be delivered to American road-racers. The FP350S—unveiled Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis—was engineered to be legal for competing in Trans-Am, SCCA, and NASA club racing events.

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Ford Shelby Mustang Is Blue Oval's Newest Factory-Built Race Car

According to CNET, the FP350S packs a 5.2-liter V8 prepared by Ford Performance. There's a six-point, FIA-compliant roll cage, a quick-release steering wheel, a performance oil pan and cooler, a six-speed Tremec 3160 manual transmission with a 3.73 rear final drive ratio and an exhaust that's loud enough to wake someone up two towns over.

Other modifications installed on the GT4 Mustang are: chassis mods from Multimac Motorsports, new dampers and lower rear control arms and new stabilizer bars. “The new Mustang is a global vehicle. Now, its growing fan base has a GT4 competition model to race and support around the globe,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance to Auto Industriya.

Right now, Ford Performance's website doesn't list a price, but the FP350S will not be cheap. Ford still offers the Boss 302R on its site, and it retails for $134,995, which is not an insignificant chunk of change, even for a racing team. The FP350S will probably cost a bit more, even though it's considered an "entry-level" racer. 

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