The Shelby FP350S: Ford’s Entry-Level Mustang Race Car
Can’t afford the new Mustang GT4? This is your best alternative.
Road & Track / Chris Perkins / December 9, 2016
(photos courtesy Ford Motor Company)
Earlier this year, Ford unveiled the Mustang GT4, a Shelby GT350R-based turnkey racer designed to compete directly with GT4 cars from Porsche, McLaren, and others. GT4 cars are relatively affordable among racing sports cars, but with prices approaching $250,000, they’re not exactly cheap. If you don’t have that sort of budget, though, Ford Performance has a new racer for you.
It’s called the Shelby FP350S, and made its debut at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry event in Indianapolis. It’s a turnkey racer designed specifically with SCCA, NASA, and Trans Am racing in mind. Obviously, it’s not street legal like the Shelby GT350 it’s based on, but you can go to any Ford dealer and order one like it’s any other Mustang.
Unlike other Mustangs, this one gets all sorts of upgraded hardware to make it race ready including a 5.2-liter V8 prepared by Ford Performance, a roll cage, a carbon fiber rear wing, and a Motec data acquisition system. While the new Mustang GT4 gets a six-speed sequential gearbox, the FP350S features a six-speed Tremec TR-3160 manual transmission.
The all-new Shelby FP350S will be available to order at Ford Dealerships throughout the United States soon.