2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed

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As one would expect, there is not Mustang with out the good ol’ Shelby next to it. And as promised, Ford released thier infamous Shelby GT350 offering with atleast 500-hp on hand and over 400 ft-lbs of torque generated from a flat-plane crank, 5.2 liter V8 engine that is – wait for it – Naturally Aspirated!

 

What is a flat-plane crank you may ask? Well for Mustang Aficionados, most of you know that the Tradional V8 connecting rods are attached to the crank at 90 degrees and named cross-plane crank engines, while the flat-plane design evenly spaces out all the crank pins at 180 degree intervals. Another clue as to why  Ford would use a flat-plane crank, is that it is naturally loud and it produces great sounds. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed - cartavern.com-4

A flat-plane crank design also allows for better air suction and more power, it is able to achieve that by alternating a firing order between cylinder banks, and combining that with the cylinder head and the valvetrain advancements and you will get better results overall.

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The V8 engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen Limited Slip differential tuned by Ford. And as we all know the new platform is much more rigid/stiffer than the older model (28%), and to further add to that. Ford added an optional lightweight carbon fiber strut tower brace, upgraded bushings, reduced ride height and stiffer spring rates for better cornering.

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