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    Almost two minutes of the GT350R flying around the 'ring

    This sucker is moving and sounds great. Not a normal sounding V8.


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    2016 Ford Mustang GT350 with a naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8 spotted testing - Pictures and video

    Ford is getting very serious with the new Mustang. The GT350 you see in the pictures and video below is clearly evidence of that. The GT350 will essentially be the successor to the Boss 302. That means it will have a track emphasis and will be built with roadcourse dominance in mind.

    That is why it has a naturally aspirated powerplant. The engine is based on the 5.0 liter Coyote V8 of the GT but pretty much only the block is the similarity. The Mustang for the first time will have a flat-plane crank V8. A flat-plane crankshaft is lighter than a traditional cross-plane crank and it also offers 180 degree throws. Ferrari is the main producer known for using this style of crankshaft.

    It has its benefits such as the weight as already mentioned and the firing order that allows better scavenging of exhaust gases. It also sounds just plain amazing if you have heard any Ferrari V8 revving out.

    A lighter crank can allow an engine to rev more quickly and rev higher but balancing issues can also create vibration. If Ferrari can rev production cars out to 9000 rpm Ford engineers can definitely get a V8 with a flat-plane crank to the same rpm if they have to. Something around the 8k rpm mark and around 550 horsepower for the production GT350 sounds about right.

    The engine is codenamed 'Voodoo' and will really set itself apart as a track special. The GT350 is not just about the motor though as Ford is paying some serious attention to the chassis, suspension, and brakes as the video evidence of Nurburgring testing shows.

    The GT350 will be wider than the standard Mustang. It is also rumored to employ extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum to shave weight off the 3700 pounds that the Mustang GT weighs. How much weight Ford intends to shave remains to be seen.

    Regarding the suspension it is obviously being honed for the track. Chances are adjustable suspension will be available along with aerodynamic packages. The brakes look huge as they fill the wheel wells. The tires also appear to be Michelin R-Compound rubber.

    Ford is not playing around. This car is going to be a beast.

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    bump for awesomeness

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    This thing is going to put down some serious lap times.

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    This should not even be called a Mustang lol. This thing is so far to the left from the mustang spirit that it should be just name something else. It's Ford time to shine. Glad they got rid of that live axle. The BOSS 302 was already boss at the track - the only thing holding it back was the live axle. The car sounds pretty wild for an american car.
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    SICK car

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