Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
February 25, 2015

Ford Reveals 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang

After much speculation, Ford confirmed it will build the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which is set to make roughly 520 hp and over 400 lb-ft of torque. Rather than using supercharging or EcoBoost power, Ford engineers have leaned heavily on the popular Coyote engine to extract maximum output.

The engine was fitted with a flat-plane crankshaft, which reduces rotating weight and alters the firing of the cylinders as compared to a conventional V-8 crankshaft. It will allow for quicker revs and a unique sound. Look for peak power to come in around 7,200 with a redline over 8,000 rpm.

We hear that the valves have been relocated in the heads for optimized flow and the ports have been revised. Unfortunately, GT350 heads will not simply bolt up to the base GT 5.0L Coyote. We speculate that the base MSRP will be around $50,000, but dealers will likely ask a premium. We’ve already seen dealers asking $25,000 over sticker on the 25th Anniversary model. Of course you can check out mustang-360.com for all the details on the GT350.


NMRA Announces 2015 Event Schedule

The NMRA (National Mustang Racers Association) has just released the official schedule for the 2015 season. NMRA provides a great place for fans of racing, car shows, and general drag racing to spend a weekend in the sun having a blast with their Mustang or fast Ford.

“This is our 17th year of exciting NMRA all-Ford heads-up drag racing in classes like VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw and the popular Coyote Stock, plus we have our giant UPR Products car shows, huge manufacturers’ midways, and more,” said NMRA president Steve Wolcott.

In addition, NMRA is home to the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street class, which has been a hit with Ford enthusiasts for over 20 years, and the MM&FF All-Female Shootout at Summit Motorsport Park in June.

“The 2015 season will also feature the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle and special events at each and every race, plus True Street and all the exciting classes at each venue,” Wolcott added.

Mar. 5-8, 2015: 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords. Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla.
Apr. 9-12, 2015: 7th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Miller Welders. Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
May 1-3, 2015: 15th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals featuring the 3rd Annual SVT Performance.com. Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Md.
June 11-14, 2015: 12th Annual McLeod Racing NMRA Ford Super Nationals featuring the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords All-Female Shootout. Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
July 30- Aug, 2, 2015: 10th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing. Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
Oct. 1-4: 2015: 17th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals. Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky.


Galpin/Fisker Unveil 725hp Rocket 2015

Love it or hate it” seems to be the theme of Rocket, a 2015 Mustang that Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker took the wraps off of at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The team said that the design is “unmistakably inspired by specialty pony cars of the 1960s and early 1970s, including the 1968 Shelby GT500.”

The handmade carbon-fiber bodywork is slathered with scoops and vents that direct airflow. The hood features two large air intakes that are designed to channel cooler outside air through the engine compartment, supplementing the grille and front splitter in keeping the 725hp V-8 engine at peak operating temperature. Two additional scoops, mounted on the rear fenders ahead of the wheels, help channel air to cool the oversized 15-inch Brembo Gran Turismo high-performance brakes.

The color is a mixed silver called Éminence Grise. Rocket rolls on large 21-inch ADV.1 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero extreme performance tires.