Shelby GT350R-C: The Rarest Mustang You’ll Ever See
You can’t legally drive this Shelby on the street, but you can lay some serious smackdowns on the race track.
The modern Ford Shelby GT350R was introduced for 2015 as the most road course-capable Mustang ever, so it came as little surprise when Ford Performance followed up the GT350R with the GT350R-C. The GT350R-C was designed to participate in the Grand Sport class of the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and they were built by Ford’s motorsports partners at Multimatic Engineering. Only two of these cars were built for 2015 and this is one of them, having been used in competition for 2015 and 2016.
Today, it is preparing to head across the Mecum auction block during the Monterey Auction on the weekend of August 23.
#76 IMSA GT350R-C
The 2015 Ford Performance Shelby GT350R-C Mustang shown above was one of just two built for that year. While it wears #76 today, it started its life as the #158 car driven by Jade Buford and Austin Cindric.
Those two ran the car in 2015, winning the class at Mosport, but come 2016, it was repainted with the #76 livery shown here and driven by Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing. While the car didn’t win a race during 2016, it had several strong finishes, helping Ford to win the manufacturer’s championship for that season.
This 2015 Ford Performance Shelby GT350R-C Mustang is powered by the same 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 that motivates the road cars, but a race-tuned PCM and a stainless steel exhaust system work together to lift the output to 536 horsepower. Helping the Mustang to get through the turns is Multimatic’s DSSV suspension system with unique springs, a lower ride height, adjustable dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars and 18-inch BBS wheels wrapped in road racing tires. Behind those wheels is a set of Brembo brake calipers with slotted rotors.
Finally, in addition to the beefed-up suspension and braking system, this Mustang meets all of the IMSA safety regulations, with a seam-welded chassis, a roll cage, a 21-gallon fuel cell and a built-in fire suppression system.
Like all of the Ford Performance race cars, this car is sold with a bill of sale and a serial number rather than a title and a VIN number. This means that the car is not approved for street use in the United States, so it cannot be registered. However, it would serve as one wicked track day toy or for someone who wants to haul a car around in a trailer, this Shelby Mustang will most certainly turn some heads at the local Cars and Coffee.
The estimate selling price range is $150,000-200,000, so it is far from cheap, but if you are a hardcore Mustang lover who wants to go road racing, this car will be auctioned off in less than two weeks.