Ever since the reveal of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) last year, we have known it is an astonishing car. An engine that redlines at 8,250 rpm (the highest revving V8 in Ford’s history), more than 500hp and a flat-plane crankshaft used by exotic car manufactures such as Ferrari, are some of the reasons why this car will be very special.
Mustang Shelby GT350R Using Nasa Technology
Now however Ford have revealed even more information. The carbon fiber wheels of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, which are the first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels in the world use high-tech NASA technology.
The wheels that weigh a mere 18 pounds each (8.1kg) have a special aerospace-derived ceramic spray coating that’s nearly as hard as diamond. This spray has only ever been used on engine turbine blades for the original Space Shuttle. This coating is required to help reduce maximum wheel temperatures to prolong service life. This will be very useful as the track ready Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R’s front brake rotors can reach temperatures in excess of 1652F (900 deg C).
Whether this NASA technology will make a big difference or not, we know it is just another reason to feel even more special driving the new Mustang.