Ford hasn’t officially announced the 2016 Shelby GT350R Nurburgring lap time but has acknowledged a lap time had been set. If you believe the reports out of the HorsepowerKings camp, then the newest Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R laid down a blistering 7:32.19 around the Nurburgring.
The GT350R differentiates itself from the regular GT350 with a host of aerodynamic and suspension upgrades designed specifically for turning laps. The GT350R gets a unique chin splitter, aluminum rear bumper beam, MagneRide magnetic dampers, a wider front track, increased spring rates, lowered ride height, coolers for the engine/transmission/differential, and selectable drive modes. Not to mention massive 15.5″ carbon-ceramic rotors with six-piston Brembo calipers and the carbon fiber wheels. The wheels alone save 52 pounds.
According to the fresh report, the GT350R clocked this time back in September of 2014, and was “easily repeatable”. The (trusted) source also claims that the ‘base’ GT350 is “within a few seconds” of the ‘R’ package, but no specific lap times were given for the base model. -HorsepowerKings
The latest generation Ford Mustang is really shaping up to be a world beater. Top of the American pony cars list, at least. If the Shelby GT350R really did record a 7:32.19 then that is a whopping five seconds faster than the Chevrolet’s track specialist, Camaro Z/28. Looking at the Nurburgring lap time list we see other slower cars worth mentioning include the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Pagani Zonda F, Koenigsegg CCX, and Porsche’s GT3 RS. Not bad, Ford. Not bad. Where’s my meme?