We caught up with Kerry Baldori, Chief Functional Engineer of Global Performance Vehicles at Ford, who helped lead the team that engineered the Shelby GT350 lineup.

Reportedly, the new Shelby GT350R lapped the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 7:32.19. Holy mackerel, that’s more than five seconds faster than Chevy’s Camaro Z/28.

Shelby seems to believe that there are still a few people out there who just want to go fast. That’s why the company has released its 2015 Shelby GT … with at least 627 horsepower.

This past weekend, Ford auctioned off an all-new Shelby GT350R Mustang, VIN #001, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

It’s amazing that a car like this can be released to the general public. The Shelby GT350R is the driver’s car, much like the SVT Cobra R was when it was released. There is no radio, no A/C, no rear seats — anything that didn’t make the car faster has been jettisoned.