Rumor: 2016 Shelby GT350R Destroys Z/28’s Lap Time at the Nurburgring


The rumor mill has been working overtime with the most recent claim that the new 2016 Shelby GT350R lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 32.19 seconds! Going around the ring at that speed would mean the new GT350R faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and the Porsche 997 GT3 RS.

There has been an abundance of spy video of the Shelby GT350 and 350R testing on the Nurburgring, but there was never any reported lap times. The story of the GT350’s blistering fast lap originally broke from Horsepower Kings and has since made its rounds around the internet.

While there is no (known) video of this lap time to substantiate the claim, it is entirely possible and probable that the new S550 Shelby Mustang lapped the ring in this time, if not a little quicker. The GT350/GT350R is direct competition for the Z/28 Camaro and was created with the Camaro in mind. While the new GT350 was being developed, it was being held up to and pitted against competitors like the Camaro Z/28 as well as the Porsche GT3 and BMW M4. The GT350R’s time of 7:32.19 is 5 seconds faster than the Z/28’s 7:37.40 lap time at the Nurburgring.

Both the GT350 and the track ready GT350R benefit from the new Voodoo engine, which is the most powerful NA production V8 to come from Ford, but the GT350R benefits from a long list of parts to help it conquer the track. Removing the AC unit, exhaust resonators, stereo, rear seats, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera, tire sealer and inflator saved a ton of weight, which becomes even more pronounced when you factor in added carbon fiber pieces including carbon fiber wheels.

It is only a matter of time until Ford releases official numbers, including lap times and videos. Be sure to check back for updated details and numbers.

What are your thoughts on the GT350R’s lap time? Is it one for the record books or does it not quite make the cut? Comment below!

 

35 comments

  1. Like most numbers Ford releases, I wouldnt be suprised to find the number inflated a bit. I say this as someone who fell for the marketing hype and bought a brand new 2013 f150 super crew 4×4 with the ecoboost motor that supposedly gets better fuel economy, but does worse than a 3/4 ton full size van that is 13 years old.

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    1. “Like most numbers Ford releases”? If you have paid any sort of attention the last few years, Ford shoots low on the numbers then the final numbers always turn out to be higher than the previous “estimations”. That is a fact, similar to what the ’15 GT was said to have “at least 420 hp and 390 lb tq,” then the official numbers are announced at 435 hp and 400 lb tq. Your comment is one of ignorance and obvious GB fanboyism.

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      1. As someone who owns a much hyped 2013 ecosboost supercrew f150 4×4 , I can understand your frustration and your need to lie on fords behalf.

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      2. I’m frustrated? Hmm I guess I see where you got that from my comment above… (sarcasm)
        Who cares about trucks in this article. This page has absolutely nothing to do with a truck from 3 years ago and your personal opinion riddled with lies.

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      3. My personal real world opinion as ford has faced criticism, investigations by the NHSA, and pissed off owners over this ecoboost motor, and I’m one of them… Advertising, Low 20s MPG when real worl driving often gives you considerably LESS than a big thirsty V8 is outright false advertisement.. Advertising a tow rating of near 11,000 pounds, is one thing, but then having trucks over heating while pulling half that in high altitude because the turbo is constantly spooled up is another thing. Saying the dead pedal scenario and cutting out during hard acceleration in the rain is fixed when it isnt, is a lie. Im guessing, based on previous experience, that Mustang will make in the neighborhood of 8 horsepower, and ford will sell it off as a ferrari killer.

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      4. deven gee, you sure like to argue,even when you dont know what your talking about, the horsepower and torque increase came from a new intake, reworking the heads,among other things, to get to 435 h.p. and 400 lbs of toeque,read about it before you talk.

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  2. if the numbers are only half of what they say ( 5 seconds faster than the z28 ) it is truly impressive. i have a z06 that will out handle either,of these cars. but consider handling,not revelent to street cars. do i have a nurenburg in my back yard? ( NO ) almost no one does. the people that drive it on an off road handling course,are either filfy rich,pros, or magazine test drivers.which like to beat the snot out of the cars myself and almost every body else in the real world,don’t get test cars to beat the snot out of. the true test of a street car is in a straight line. ( no, I’m not a hellcat fan,too much power for that body, must use slicks,or equivalent to get traction )

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      1. Then why do you have the picture of a little boy? Kind of creepy if you’re using some random little boy’s picture as your profile picture…
        And yes, you are wrong. Only 1 person agrees with you.

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      2. michael,you better do your homework,the c6 corvette z06 which i own, has about the same suspension as the z28,and the same engine,a LS7 with 505 h.p. and a big difference in weight,like about 500 pounds less than a z28. so thats a no brainer.

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    1. When the zl1 beat the 2013 cobra on a track that is all dumbshit chevy fans talked about. In a straight line or track ford owns the Chinese made chevy piles of shit

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      1. Youre an absolute moron…. some bullshit rumor with no video said it beat a time put down by the z28 on a wet track lmao yea talk about fanboism

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  3. If you look on YouTube there is a video that shows the Z-28 testing. They said it could have gone faster if it hadn’t been raining by 4 or 5 seconds but didn’t want to try to drive the camaro another day because they were happy with the results they already had. I’d like to see the driver who set the record in the Z-28 try it again and then drive the Shelby GT-R and see what one is faster

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    1. Did you watch the video? It rained for maybe 15 seconds then stopped… besides that, it was normal conditions. All that is is GM giving more excuses for underachieving.

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      1. Wow i was unaware water just instantly disappears off roads once it stops raining….. and 15 seconds?!?!?! Yea whos the ones making excuses?

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      2. I don’t think you know the definition of the word “excuse”… And stop one upping your own comments. It’s tacky and desperate.

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    1. The competition between our cars keeps their performance rising. harder to have a rival across the ocean when their vehicle equivalents aren’t even sold here.

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  4. I’m not a fan of government motors however I respect the technology and ingenuity of the z28. The reality is very few guys are going to a track or paying over 50k for their car. So, Chevy and Ford keep working on the suspension and handling but don’t forget America’s race track are the highways and side streets and we want a car that can own the 0-60 and quarter mile most. Finally, if I can’t afford it will only ever exist on the pages of the magazines in which I subscribe. For these reasons give me the Ford Mustang and let me go own that camaro on America’s streets and backroads and he can tell me afterwards all about how his car could’ve beat mine at the track ! Long live the blue oval! Give me speed and let me keep some of my paycheck in the process!

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    1. BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! “Stock Z/28” L M F A O!!! What about the Z/28 is stock and how could you even consider the GT350 and GT350R to not be stock then (they fit the same exact category)??

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  5. FYI the current (991) model of Porsche 911 Carrera S does the ‘Ring in about 7:37 and the GT3 RS in 7:20.
    So the Ford GT350R is a competitor to the Carrera S, not the GT3 RS.

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