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Ferrari appoints Maurizio Arrivabene to lead Gestione Sportiva



Ferrari is pleased to announce the appointment of Maurizio Arrivabene as Managing Director of Gestione Sportiva and as Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, replacing Marco Mattiacci.

Mr Arrivabene comes to Ferrari from Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997 after a 20 years career in marketing and promotions in Italy and abroad. Maurizio Arrivabene has held a variety of posts in Philip Morris, leading up to his appointment in 2007 as Vice President of Marlboro Global Communication & Promotions for Philip Morris International and, in 2011, as Vice President Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing. He has been an independent member of the board of Juventus FC since 2012 also. From 2011 to 2012 he has been a member of the Sport Business Academy (SDA Bocconi School of Management and RCS Sport), in the Advisory Team Program.

Throughout his time with Philip Morris, Maurizio Arrivabene has been closely involved in the partnership with Ferrari both in Maranello and on the world's racing circuits. He has also represented all Formula One sponsors on the F1 Commission since 2010.

"We decided to appoint Maurizio Arrivabene because, at this historic moment in time for the Scuderia and for Formula 1, we need a person with a thorough understanding not just of Ferrari but also of the governance mechanisms and requirements of the sport," commented Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne. "Maurizio has a unique wealth of knowledge: he has been extremely close to the Scuderia for years and, as a member of the F1 Commission, is also keenly aware of the challenges we are facing. He has been a constant source of innovative ideas focused on revitalisation of Formula One. His managerial experience on a highly complex and closely regulated market is also of great importance, and will help him manage and motivate the team. I am delighted to have been able to secure his leadership for our racing activities".

"We would also like to thank Marco Mattiacci for his service to Ferrari in the last 15 years and we wish him well in his future endeavours" concluded Mr Marchionne.

Saleen on the Edge of Bankruptcy?


It is a headline that has been repeated several times over the years that Saleen has been in business, the racer turned car builder is headed towards Bankruptcy yet again... unless a wealth investor rides in to save the day. In fact investing site macroaxis.com put the probability of bankruptcy at 94%

In a story broke on Jalopnik the balance sheet for Saleen is deep in the red. According to Saleen's quarterly earnings report, filed with the SEC (see them HERE), as of September 30th, 2014, it only has $7,261 in the bank. Combine this with the fact that they are being sued by their bank, their law firm is owed money, and they have resorted to pay their suppliers in stock (the stock is worth about .2 cents a share), the news is not looking good. In fact all signs point to 2014 being the last year for Saleen, unless someone buys the brand and is prepared to sink millions more into the company. The company's current liabilities comes to $5,634,840 on that list are suppliers, the bank, landlords, and over $500K in past due unpaid payroll taxes.


Saleen is just on the other side of the El Prado dam from my studio, I have been to several events at their Corona office and know many of the people that have worked or currently work there or have done business with them. I have to say that from the rumblings I heard around Pebble Beach and the SEMA Show this year, none of this comes as a surprise. Whispers of layoffs, cutbacks, and customers left wondering if they would see their car all made their way to my phone since mid summer.

The balance sheet that Jalopnik sourced their info from does not really tell you were all the money came from or where it all went, but this year alone Saleen collected over $700K in customer deposits for cars like the 302 Black Label and Tesla FourSixteen. All of this news coming out while Saleen is showing its latest cars to potential customers at the Los Angeles Auto Show, that has got to put a damper on the mood of those who are still trying to hang on at the company. 

A Reddit Thread Laid it out last week:

"A few months back, when Saleen unveiled their “FOURSIXTEEN”, I wrote a summary of how they were lying about a partnership with Tesla in order to try to sell the car as well as their stock. You can read the article here, but it’s not necessary to understand this update. Last Friday Saleen published their financial results for the third quarter. You can access the 10Q here
Unsurprisingly it’s just a mess. They are still on the verge of bankruptcy. But I found it to be an interesting document since it was the first results published since they started taking reservations for their Model S based “FOURSIXTEEN” (which btw doesn’t make sense anymore because the name referred to the 416hp of the P85 which doesn’t exist anymore haha! their branding was relevant for a whole 2 months!). And exactly what I was afraid would happen, happened. 
Their customer deposits, which are normally stable at $200k, increased to over $900k during the third quarter. The management didn’t comment on the number, but it’s safe to assume that this is due to the “FOURSIXTEEN” since it was the only new catalyst and the media outreach was great for Saleen. Articles about the car were even posted on this sub a dozen times.
At first glance, this might sounds like a good thing. Saleen is now holding close to $1 million in customer deposits and they are going to order a few Model S’s from Tesla and make a few “FOURSIXTEEN” for their customers. Everybody wins. But no. The money is simply gone.
Even though Saleen owes close to $1 million in customer deposits as of September 30th, as of the same date, they only have $7,000 cash and $91,000 of parts and work in progress. They burned through all that cash in less than 2 months. Most people that put down a deposit for the “FOURSIXTEEN” have very little chance to ever get their deposits back and even less chance to ever get the car.
I know they will probably not get much sympathy since they are very wealthy people buying a $200k car without doing proper due diligence on the company, but still, I think it’s a pretty shitty thing that Saleen did. The fact that Tesla was sort of drag into it is not great either even though they didn’t really have a say in this.
BTW the first thing I did when I figured this out back in august was to contact Tesla and they were very proactive about the whole thing. I exchanged a few emails with Diarmuid O'Connell, VP of Business Development, and they were on top of it very quickly. Kudos the Tesla, Diarmuid and his team."  Reddit User FredTesla



My personal interaction with the Saleen brand goes back 14 years ago when I was working in the Mustang aftermarket industry. I have many stories to tell, but they would be like throwing salt on an open wound. Saleen has a had a tumultuous ride over the last 30 years, but as an enthusiast and a business person I always had a hard time understanding the modern day Saleen. From my visits to the Corona facility it never seemed busy enough to justify such a large campus, with so much space seemingly only dedicated to large banners of Steve Saleen. A conservative approach was never Mr. Saleens style, but you think that with the history of the company, he would have had more supervision this time around.

I will post more as this story develops.

Links:

Saleen Probability Of Bankruptcy SLNN OTC BB - Macroaxis




Saleen Slashing Jobs




Dulac: Premium Denim


Dulac Studios has been designing and creating designer jeans for some of the top brands in the world. After years of helping designers build their brands, Dulac has decided to bring their own line to market. Their plan, cut out all the middle men and sell your jeans made from the finest materials from Japan and North Carolina for the wholesale price.


Based out of New York the brand has launched a KickStarter Campaign to help boost their start up and they are offering some great perks if you pledge like your own pair of handmade jeans for just $75. You can check out their KickStarter HERE and their official website HERE

We hope to get our hands on a pair for our next editorial and to see them in person, if they are half has good as the pictures I am excited.



Source: Dulac




Ferrari F1 Race Team Trailers For Sale


Sorry about the low-res pictures

So lets say you are a hard core Ferrari nut, an investor, or just a race team looking for a good deal. A pair of custom build Ferrari F1 Team race trailers are up for sale by Astacar the Italian coach builder that supplies many of the best teams in the world. These race trailers were used until mid-season 2013 when they were replaced by new models and includes the matching trucks, Iveco Stralis 480 e 540 with just a few km can be used in pairs (like the F1) or separately. They rise to a height of 7 meters thus having 2 floors and they can join together to form an area of over 200 square meters. 

If you are interested in owning a big piece of Ferrari F1 history you should get in touch with Silvano at Astacar. You can also check out more info on the rigs you can check out the full listing on Motorsports Auctions

Silvano Caira 
0032 475 644 933 
silvano@astacar.it 
www.astacar.it

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision


Ok so Chevy unveiled their Gran Turismo vision car at the LA Auto Show this week and has, for the time being, completely redeemed themselves (in my eyes) from their weak showing at SEMA (see Chevy Unveils Mostly Forgettable SEMA show cars). The innovation in the design while still capturing the elements that make it a Chaparral really work. I guess the entire show car budget went to building this project and SEMA was forgotten about. 
Other than the exotic and nonexistent powertrain, this is one seriously cool vision car. 






New York


 I just got back from three days in New York City, thanks to the generosity of the Peruvian Government, who invited me out to an expo and panel on fashion and manufacturing in Peru. While I was in town I was also able to meet with a major player in the fashion world and we should have some great announcements for my brand Morgan's & Phillip's Speed Shop soon.



This trip to New York was bitterly cold and I found myself in need of a hat, so I swung by the RRL Store to check out what they had in stock and picked up a new beanie. It was $85... and made in China... but it was still a really nice beanie...

I will be posting more about the trip soon and am working on a vlog about the trip with some video I shot in the city. You can also see more from my trip on Instagram @TheGentlemanRacer 


My hotel room in Manhattan 



The Flatiron Building

Time Square

Time Square


Awesome little Fiat used as an advertisement for a Italian Resturant 




SEMA Barn Find: 1967 Shelby GT500


This 1967 Shelby GT500 was on display at the Scott Drake Booth at  the SEMA show. The all original and unrestored Shelby was sold at Galpin Ford in Van Nuys, California back in 1967 to a Los Angeles school teacher. It was her daily driver until 1981 where with only 124,000 miles on the clock the car was parked in favor of something that would get better gas mileage.


The car sat for 16 years before it would find a new owner in 1997, that owner did not have the time or resources to ever tackle the project so for another 17 years it would sit slowly decaying. The car has only been repainted once in the 70's and other than that is one of the most original Shelby GT500s on the planet. The current owners Paul and Leticia Kerner are planning a full restoration and will restore as many of the original parts as possible.







Rolex Reunion to Celebrate 50 years of Shelby GT350

Stirling Moss'  Shelby GT350 Mustang
Photo: Bob Heathcote
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most recognizable road racing cars of the ‘60s – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – as the 2015 featured marque August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The Shelby GT350 Mustang came onto the scene just one year after the Ford Mustang debuted. Ford Motor Company, already having success with Carroll Shelby in the Cobra program, enlisted Shelby to make the new Mustang competitive. And together they did, winning three consecutive SCCA national championships in its maiden years.

“The immediate success of the Shelby GT350 helped catapult the entire Mustang program onto the worldwide stage through its pure performance and reliability,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We’re thrilled to honor such an iconic American racing brand at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. We are also adding a special 1965-1972 Shelby GT350 Mustang race group to the schedule as a way to further highlight the marque.”

The Ford Motor Company is supporting the effort by designing a paddock display to showcase the history of the marque, its racing successes and the cars that made it famous.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be able to share one of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – with all of the Shelby enthusiasts and race fans at next year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “The new GT350 is a true testament to its heritage and builds on Carroll Shelby’s commitment to performance and racing, and we look forward to celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary and marking it with great racing next summer.”

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the world’s premier historic racing events and a centerpiece of the Monterey Classic Car Week. A total of 550 historically- and period-correct cars are accepted to compete in 15 different race groups. For many, it is a motorsports museum springing to life, as authentic cars from as far back as the pre-war era rev up and tackle the challenging circuit in gentlemanly races.

Tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion go on sale December 3 and include a variety of options, from single day tickets to multiple-day and hospitality packages. For more information, visit MazdaRaceway.com or call the ticket office at (800) 327-7322.

J. Crew Gift Guide for Him


J.Crew hits winter style out of the park with their new mens gift guide, I like the collection in the blue tones, but they have browns, reds, and black collections as well. If you are a guy that has a hard time coordinating an outfit its a good place to get some ideas on looking sharp this winter. Also its a great place to shop for some cool gifts for yourself, your brother, friend, dad... yourself.



Check out their entire winter gift guide HERE

J.Crew is not a sponsor of thegentlemanracer.com.

Honda FCV Concept Makes World Debut in Japan


Honda unveiled the FCV Concept in Tokyo yesterday to showcase a new direction in their fuel cell vehicles. I have to say while the bulk of Honda's designs in the last few years have been pretty pedestrian the FCV is really unique and I hope we see some of these styling cues make into production cars soon.

Check out the official press release below.



Official Release:

Nov 16, 2014 - TOKYO
Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of the next-generation zero emissions Honda fuel-cell vehicle
Next-generation Honda FCV intends to provide significant gains in real-world performance, cost reduction, efficiency, packaging and appeal, including more than 300-mile driving range
The Honda FCV Concept, Honda's fuel-cell vehicle concept, made its world debut today in Japan. The Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda's fuel-cell vehicle anticipated to launch in Japan by March of 2016, followed by U.S. and Europe.

As the next progression in Honda's dynamic FCV styling, the Honda FCV Concept features a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. The interior strives to achieve harmony between man and machine by taking advantage of new powertrain packaging efficiencies delivering even greater passenger space than its predecessor, the FCX Clarity, including seating for up to five people.

In an effort to support the wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles, Honda will make an announcement at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show about its commitment to help expand and accelerate California's public hydrogen refueling station network.

Next-Generation Honda Fuel-Cell Vehicle
Honda's next-generation fuel-cell vehicle launching in 2016 applies a fuel-cell powertrain that fits completely within the front engine compartment of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of fuel-cell technology to multiple vehicle models in the future. Significant technological advancements to the fuel-cell stack have yielded more than 100kW of power output. The power density is now 3.1kW/L, an increase of 60 percent, with the stack size reduced 33-percent compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. The next-generation Honda FCV is targeted to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles with a quick refueling time of about three to five minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.

Honda Fuel-Cell Vehicle Leadership
Honda has led the industry for nearly two decades in the development and deployment of fuel-cell technology through extensive real-world testing, including the first government fleet deployment and retail customer leasing program. Since the introduction of its first generation fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX, in 2002, Honda has made significant technological advancements in fuel-cell vehicle operation in both hot and sub-freezing weather while meeting customer expectations and safety regulations.

Honda has deployed vehicles in the U.S. and Japan, including the FCX Clarity, which was named the 2009 World Green Car. Honda has delivered these vehicles to individual retail consumers in the U.S. and collected valuable feedback concerning real-world use of both fuel-cell vehicles and public hydrogen stations.

Honda's current fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity, launched in July 2008 and was quickly heralded as a technological breakthrough in the areas of design, packaging and efficiency. As the world's first dedicated platform fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity features a striking silhouette and a low-slung cabin. With the V-flow fuel cell stack positioned in the center tunnel of the vehicle and the electric motor located down low in the front of the vehicle, Honda was able to maintain the Clarity's futuristic styling while allowing for 240 miles of driving range.

In the effort to speed the advance of a refueling infrastructure outside of California, in May 2013, American Honda joined the public-private partnership H2USA, which brings together  automakers, government agencies, hydrogen suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel-cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.

In June 2013, Honda entered into a long-term collaborative agreement with General Motors to co-develop the next-generation of fuel-cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 timeframe. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing technological expertise, economies of scale and other benefits.

Honda Fuel-Cell Vehicle Firsts:
The original FCX became the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel-cell vehicle in July 2002. The FCX also was the world's first production fuel-cell vehicle, introduced to the U.S. and Japan in December 2002.

Additional highlights include:

The Honda FCX was the first fuel-cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures (2003).
The FCX was the first fuel-cell vehicle leased to an individual customer (July 2005).
Honda was the first manufacturer to build and produce a dedicated fuel-cell vehicle (FCX Clarity) on a production line specifically made for fuel-cell vehicles (2008).
Honda was the first manufacturer to create a fuel-cell vehicle dealer network (2008).
Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda is taking a portfolio approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies from its Earth Dreams Technology™ lineup, which includes more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies. Honda's alternative-fuel vehicle lineup includes the Civic Hybrid, the CR-Z hybrid sport coupe and the Accord Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient 5-passenger sedan in America, as well as the Accord Plug-In Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas, the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available from a major automaker in America.

Top Five Fords of SEMA

Pure Vision's Ford Fairlane was amazing.. but then again I kind of like these cars

I have to say that this year was a big letdown for me when it comes to Ford products, the Ford booth is generally packed with some of the best well thought out cars of SEMA, but this year it just seemed a little disconnected. The Ken Block Hoonicorn was in the Ford Garage and is as radical as you would expect it to be. The 2015 Mustangs looked like they were all last minute designs or were so radical that none of the parts would make it into the real world of tuning.

The same group of designers got all the cars again and did basically the same things they did last year, and most of them are not even going to put parts into production so even if a 19 year old kid loves the way that Focus looks they are not going to go and spend $10,000 on paint and body to have one off metal fender flares made. So while Ford content was kind of bland this SEMA here are the Ford cars that did jump out at me (at least enough to want to snap a quick pic)


Ken Block's Hoonicorn

Scott Drake Booth: Barn Find 1967 GT500

Optima Booth: 1970 Mustang Pro-Touring Car

Gibson Exhaust Booth, 2015 Mustang 

The Shelby GT350 is Back


Ok so as a major Shelby fan I have been waiting for a proper version of the GT350 for a long time, the Shelby GT was a good package, but it was not the track focused racebreed car that the original was. Shelby even did their own version of the GT350 a few years back and I have to say the styling was a major let down, but sometime before he passed away Carroll sat down with Ford and made a deal to bring the GT350 name back to Ford (the last time Ford used it was in the 80's on the Fox Body).

What makes me so excited is that the new GT350 is getting an amazing 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8  that uses a flat-plane crankshaft, a first for a production V8 from Ford, a trick Ferrari likes to use. A six-speed manual gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential will be standard, while an engine oil cooler and transmission cooler will be available as part of a Track Pack! The car looks and sounds amazing and in the short video below you can get an idea of what the flat-plane V8 sounds like.








Official Release:

Shelby GT350 Mustang: The Legend Returns

• All-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang is a thoroughbred capable of tackling the world's most
challenging roads and racetracks

• GT350 is powered by a unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever

• Advanced materials, MagneRide dampers, aggressive brakes and finely tuned aerodynamics push the performance of Mustang to previously unmatched levels

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2014 – One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time is returning, Ford confirmed today with the reveal of the all-new Shelby® GT350
Mustang.

The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang's performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet's most challenging roads – an all-day track car that's also street legal.

The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby's original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet.

Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies.

"When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power."

Track-tuned driveline
Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang.

"The final product is essentially an all-new powerplant unique to GT350 – and one that takes true advantage of the new chassis dynamics of the Mustang platform," said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles.

The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.

The 180-degree, flat-plane layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses. When combined with cylinder-head
and valvetrain advancements, this permits better cylinder breathing, further extending the
performance envelope of the V8.

The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than
500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque
curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an
enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering
grip and straight-line traction.

"Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-
liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips," said Hameedi.

Balanced dynamics
The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT.

For optimum handling, the wheels need to respond quickly to the contours of the road and driver input. Reducing unsprung mass is key to improving that response, but a balance must be struck between taking mass out of a suspension and delivering truly capable braking performance.

Due to the significant speeds the car can develop, GT350 features the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel. The brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats.

At the front are massive 394-millimeter rotors clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges, while 380-millimeter rotors at the rear utilize four-piston calipers.

GT350 makes use of extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – 10.5 inches wide in front, 11.0 inches in the rear – clad in state-of-the-art Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. The custom tires are designed to deliver maximum grip on the road or at the track.

Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near- instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver.

Obsession to detail
"Everything we changed on GT350 is purely functional-driven design, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the car," said Chris Svensson, Ford design director, The Americas. "We optimized the aero shape of the car, and then fine-tuned what was left to increase downforce and cooling airflow." All bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to this high- performance model and up to two inches lower than Mustang GT.

The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag.

The athletic stance of the all-new Mustang is further accentuated with recontoured aluminum front fenders to accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches. Front fender vents work with vented inner fenders to draw out turbulent air in the wheel wells and smoothly direct it down the side of the car. The forward-angled grille is designed with individual openings to draw air through the radiator, high-pressure engine air intake, cooling ducts for the front brakes and, optional with the Track Pack, an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler.

Focus-driven cockpit changes
Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver.

The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all.

Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features.

"We took the best Ford Mustang yet and massaged every aspect of the car that affects the performance driving experience," said Hameedi. "We tested endlessly on the most challenging roads and tracks in the world, and we believe serious drivers will love the Shelby GT350
Mustang."

50 years of Ford Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang is the latest in an all-new line of Mustang fastback and convertible models, including the specially designed 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang.

More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car's 1964 debut.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300- horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin- scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new Mustang continues to be popular. In addition to being the most-liked vehicle on Facebook with 8 million likes, all-new models are turning on U.S. dealer lots in an average of six days.

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