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Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang to Race in IMSA Continental Tire Series

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/24/2015 Alex Nishimoto

The Shelby GT350 is taking its flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8 racing, with Ford entering a GT350R-C race car in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Watkins Glen this weekend. The car will be fielded by Multimatic Motorsports, which has campaigned Mustangs in the past.

Ford Shelby GT350R C Mustang race car© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Shelby GT350R C Mustang race car

The race car shares its engine with the production car, but gets a racing-tuned version of the GT350R's independent suspension with revised spring rates and bushings, a lower ride height, different anti-roll bars, a unique alignment for the track, and cross-axis front ball joints. Ford makes no mention of how much power the race car makes, but the production GT350 and GT350R produce 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and redline at 8,250 rpm. Looking at the pictures, it appears the race car forgoes the carbon fiber wheels of the production GT350R in favor of more traditional alloys, possibly due to regulations. The front lip and rear wing, however, appear close to stock.

Multimatic last competed in the series' Grand Sport class in 2014 with a Mustang Boss 302R. Piloting a pair of GT350R-C race cars at the debut race will be Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Austin Cindric, and Jade Buford. The Shelby GT350 is the latest Ford vehicle to enter the sports car racing fray. Earlier this month at Le Mans, the Blue Oval announced it would campaign the Ford GT both in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The Shelby GT350R-C will hit the track at Watkins Glen this weekend, and race the remainder of the IMSA Continental series season.

Images of the standard Ford Shelby GT350R pictured below.

Source: Ford

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