First Look: Shelby FP350S track beast

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Designed just for you road racing hobbyists that can afford to play in Trans Am, NASA and SCCA club racing events, Ford Performance has just unveiled the Shelby FP350S.

A race-ready Mustang right out of the box, the new Shelby FP350S like the other track-only and non street-legal race cars Ford Performance cooks up will be available at your local parts counter soon.

Consider it a base model race car compared to the GT350RC and GT4, the Shelby FP350S is specifically aimed at road racing classes like Trans Am (TA3 and TA4), NASA and SCCA club racing (T1 and T2).

“Our goal has always been to provide those who want to race with equipment that enables them to compete and win,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Shelby FP350S is our latest example.”

The Shelby FP350S will join a long line of turn-key race cars that include the FR500C, BOSS 302R and 302S. And like them, it will start with a body in white right off the Flat Rock, MI assembly line and see hand-built completion at an off-site facility.

There it will get installed a crate motor version of the 5.2-liter “Voodoo” V8 engine from Ford Performance. A Tremec 3160 six-speed transmission and 3.73 rear gears complete the powertrain along with a race grade exhaust system.

The chassis is fully set up for road racing with top-end brakes, dampers and springs. Standard wheels are 19-inch, 10.5-inches wide at the front and 11-inches at the rear. You can option 18-inch forged wheels as well.

The body structure itself is lightened to some degree and strengthened in a few key areas before a six-point FIA-compliant roll cage is welded in. Visual adds include a Ford Performance splitter and a sizable carbon-fiber rear wing, adjustable of course.

The cockpit is stripped down, but well equipped with a Sparco racing seat and a MOTEC data acquisition system.

Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but if you’re into this kind of rig you likely already have what it takes. Get with your Ford Performance dealership soon as production is imminent for the 2017 racing season.

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