According to announcers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race broadcast over the weekend, we will see the SVT GT350R sooner than anyone expected! There has been non-stop speculation surrounding Ford’s next Z/28 killer, the GT350R, which really got a lot of momentum when video of it testing at the Nurburgring surfaced. No one doubted that Ford was working on a race-ready Mustang, it was just unsure as to what. In the recent months a much clearer picture has been painted that is not only telling, but quite exciting as well.
How Ford’s Plans For The GT350 Leaked Early
On the August 3rd broadcast of the Indianapolis race, one of the announcers made the comment that, “Multimatic won 3 championships with these Mustangs… and right now what’s in development is that GT350 for next year. We should see that car on the race track later this September.” Without skipping a beat the announcers continued on with their race coverage, completely glazing over the fact that they just leaked the biggest news in racing this year. September 19th is the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, which is the only possible date that they could be referencing.
Here is a link to the broadcast; the comment comes right after the 39 minute mark
Repeat of the BOSS 302 Leak
Normally, it would be easy to dismiss this as just commentator speculation, however, there are two key pieces of information that validate this claim. If we look back to 2010, before a street version of the BOSS 302R was launched, announcers on a SPEED broadcast let slip that the BOSS 302 would launch in mid-August of 2010. In addition to that, announcers at the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Lime Rock in October of 2013 made a comment that Multimatic was returning to Ford to help develop the next-gen of Mustang race car that we would see around August of 2014.
Not only do the announcers have a history of leaking release date information, but they also hinted last year that we would be seeing the next-gen of Mustang Race Cars around this time. There is too much information here to not trust that we will be seeing a GT350R come this September.
It is exciting to see Multimatic team up with Ford again. Multimatic Motorsports has been working with Aston Martin recently, but before that they were engineering the BOSS 302R for victory in multiple races. We can only imagine what they have planned for the 2015 – 2016 Mustang on the new S550 platform.
Expected Power Output of the GT350R
What we are still waiting on hearing is the exact specs of this next generation of SVT Mustang. Although we know the GT350R will have a Voodoo engine, we have yet to confirm if it will have a flat-plane crankshaft and what the exact displacement of the engine will be. However, after the power ratings for the 2015 Mustang line up have been released there has been some strong arguments made as to what we can expect from the GT350 platform.
For starters we can expect a 5.0L sourced engine, but with slightly larger displacement. A lot of rumblings in the Ford community have consistently pointed to a 5.2L engine, better recognized as the Voodoo engine, which is incredibly intriguing.
There has been a 50/50 split on the idea of it having forced induction, with some even speculating about a Turbo setup, which would not be all that odd considering Ford’s push on EcoBoost Technology. The most interesting and consistent piece of information that everyone seems to be talking about is the GT350 having a flat-plane crankshaft. Regardless of the different opinions multiple media outlets, enthusiasts, and insiders have, they all seem to agree that there will be a flat-plane crankshaft in the 5.0 sourced engine, allowing for a higher redline and faster revving.
Forced Induction or not, there has been an unwavering claim from various insiders that 500+ horsepower is expected from this setup, with some claiming 550+, but we will have to wait for some dyno numbers. With a base GT putting down 435HP, it would be no problem at all to see much higher numbers from a GT350R variant.
Never has a Mustang seemed to have generated such a speculation craze as this GT350 model, but for good reason. With the redesign of the Mustang and Ford’s adoption of new power plants(2.3L turbo 4 cylinder engines) and drivetrains(IRS) for theS550 Mustang, there is a strong need for a halo model; one that we can watch win races on Sunday and then drive to work in on Monday.
Do you think this GT350 will be showing up in September? Or is this just another move by Ford to throw everyone off?