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Continental Tire IMSA Driver Spotlight: Billy Johnson

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Continental Tire IMSA Driver Spotlight: Billy Johnson

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Driver Spotlight: Billy Johnson
Driver, No. 15 Multimatic Racing Ford GT350R-C
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Multimatic made the switch from the Boss 302R to the GT350R-C. What are some of the differences between the two?

“I would have to say that everything is different between the Boss 302R and the GT350R-C. The major difference is the independent rear suspension found on all “S550″ (2015) Mustangs.

“The Boss 302 is arguably the best handling solid-axle car ever built and the showroom-stock 302R was almost identical in nature and drove a lot like a NASCAR Xfinity car (which is probably why I adapted to them so easily) which requires more of a ‘point-and-shoot’ driving style. The GT350R-C drives more like a racecar and carries higher speed mid-corner with a greatly improved balance thanks to the new front and rear suspension.

“Another major difference is the engine. The Boss’ 444hp 5.0L V8 was already a fantastic but the GT350R-C takes it to another level with the 5.2L Flat-Plane-Crank V8 that has a stratospheric redline and more grunt across the entire usable rev range. Unfortunately the engine is restricted by the sanctioning body to maintain a “Balance of Performance” and our racecar makes quite a bit less power than the production engine.

“Lastly the aerodynamic downforce is much better on the GT350R-C with a production carbon fiber rear wing and giant front splitter which makes the car a lot more stable, confidence-inspiring, and faster. A lot of the functional under aerodynamic body panels on the production car were removed on our racecar due to the BoP.”
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I'd be interested to see/read how the GT350R would perform in a GT3 configuration.
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