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.
50 years ago Carroll Shelby teamed up with Hertz for their “Rent a Racer” program. The program allowed folks to rent a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H and get to drive a 306 horsepower beast. The cost to rent the car was a $17 dollar fee and 17 cents per mile.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary Ford and Shelby have announced a limited edition Shelby GT-H will be available to rent through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection starting Memorial Day weekend. Just 140 cars will be produced and they can be rented at select airports throughout the United States.
We are now a few days into 2016 and we hope it is going well for you thus far. For us 2015 was a very good year and it was a great overall year for the automobile.
The fact that the last half of the year saw gasoline prices plummet is music to any performance car owner’s ears. These lower prices have given us even more reason to take our pride and joy for some extra enjoyable drives.
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.
This year is quickly coming to an end and it is now time for our annual Sports Car Guy’s Awards. This is the fourth year that we have selected the best cars in various categories all leading up to the Performance Car of the Year.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be naming the winners of the following categories. You’ll also see all of the nominees in each category. Last year the Porsche 911 GT3 took the top honor, but will the track focused GT3 RS be able to follow that act or will another performance machine be named Performance car of the year?