Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang carbon fibre wheels in detail

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is the most track-capable Mustang ever, based on the Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V8 delivering more than 500bhp and 400 lb-ft of torque linked to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, along with a tuned limited-slip Torsen differential with 3.73 axle ratio and electronically modulated rear-mounted air-to-oil differential cooler.

The GT350R Mustang also features revised suspension and compared to the non R model is around 59 kg lighter thanks to the removal of air conditioning, the stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and emergency tyre sealer and inflator.

The lightweight 19-inch carbon fibre wheels save close to 6 kg per wheel and are standard, making them “the world’s first mass-produced carbon fibre wheels”.

The wheels are quite special. Developed with Australian supplier Carbon Revolution, they weigh 8.1 kg each. Not bad considering standard aluminium wheels weigh around 15 kg a piece.

The wheels were subjected to an extensive testing to make sure they can handle curb strikes, extreme heat, UV and chemical exposure.

The ceramic coating on the wheels can handle temperatures in excess of 900 degrees Celsius.

There are also 61 individual checks that examine more than 246,000 data points, to ensure the wheels are in perfect condition before they leave the factory.

The wheels are also analyzed using a 3D computerized tomography (CT) imaging process in which more than 18,000 X-ray images are taken, before painted, coated, assembled, dimensionally checked and shipped to Flat Rock Assembly Plant for installation on a new Shelby GT350R Mustang.

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