Ford is bringing its latest high-performance Mustang back to the track with the new 2016 GT350R-C, which will debut and race in this weekend’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen.
The spiritual successor to the Boss 302R that’s still taking part in the Continental Tire series today, the first GT350R-C will be campaigned by Multimatic Motorsports. It’s had its fully independent suspension completely revised for the track, and it gets everything from new spring rates to new anti-roll bars to a lowered ride height.
Like the road-going GT350, a 5.2-liter, flat-plane-crank V8 sits under the hood, although Ford didn’t release any specifics on power output. In fact, details are in short supply. We’re expecting some sort of sequential racing transmission, wildly enhanced brakes, and a thoroughly race-prepared cabin, although Ford hasn’t released any info on that stuff. The Blue Oval also hasn’t said anything about the aerodynamic package, but strangely, it looks more or less like what’s featured on the standard GT350R. The front fascia and rear wing are pretty much identical, and even the side sills seem roughly similar to the production model.
“Like so many Mustangs before it, the Shelby GT350R is a car born to race,” Ford’s director of global performance, Dave Pericak, said in the attached press release. “We’re taking it to the track as the GT350R-C and we’re ready to see what it can do against the best competition in the world.”
Scroll down for the official press release from Ford. And if you’re so inclined, you can check out the GT350R-C’s debut race this weekend at IMSA.com, with coverage starting at 12:25 P.M. If you prefer normal TV, Fox Sports 1 will get around to re-broadcasting the race on July 5 at 10:00 A.M.