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We thought that when we drove the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R that we had experienced quite a crazy machine, but the “Ole Yeller” may prove us wrong. The very track ready and yet road legal car is inspired by the North American P-51D Mustang airplane. It gets its “Ole Yeller” name from the plane piloted by Bob Hoover, renowned United States Air Force fighter pilot and air show performer, for over 20 years.
Under the hood you get the same 526 horsepower flat-plane crank naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 found in the GT350 and GT350R. The high revving engine is like a rocket, especially as the revs build. Mechanically setting “Ole Yeller” apart from the standard GT350 or harder core GT350R is a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission and a specially tuned sport suspension. Those two changes are what make this the most track ready, street legal Mustang ever built by Ford.
When we had our opportunity to drive the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R at Laguna Seca it blew us away. It was powerful, but managed to handle very well thanks in part to its suspension setup. But most of all it was a track beast.
Comparing it to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is an apples to oranges comparison. The Hellcat may offer 707 horsepower, but it can also easily be dialed back for an enjoyable long ride. The GT350R is ready for the track at all times and as such provides an uncompromising ride no matter where you drive it.
The Rolex 24 may start in just a few hours, but on January 29th the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R-C managed its first victory at Daytona International Raceway. The race opened the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season and it started the way that Ford wanted. Not only did they win the race, but they managed a 1-2 finish.
Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell piloted the winning GT350R-C for the third victory by the competition version of the GT350 in the series (the first of the new season). The battle for first became between the two Mustangs when the Porsche of top challenger Matt Plumb had fuel pump issues forcing him out of the race.
What makes a muscle car a muscle car is something that will get plenty of arguments. According to some purists none of the current crop would make the cut. The fact that all modern muscle cars have independent rear suspension is one deal breaker for them.
For us we count mainly four cars as modern muscle cars. The Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger. These all offer variants with more horsepower than brains and yet these modern cars are able to take a turn much better than their classic models. Between these we will choose our Muscle Car of the Year.