Carbon fiber body Shelby Mustangs are a thing

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    Carbon fiber body Shelby Mustangs are a thing


    By Chris Perkins
    Jul 18, 2017

    The Shelby GT350R is the most track-ready Mustang ever built since its namesake debuted in 1965, but it's still a heavy car. Even with carbon fiber wheels, a rear-seat delete, and other light-weighting measures, the GT350R still weighs around 3700 lbs. Wisconsin shop SpeedKore Performance has the solution, but it's not cheap.
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    For about $64,000, SpeedKore will replace your GT350 or GT350R's steel body with one made entirely from carbon fiber. Yes, that effectively doubles the cost of the car.

    Jay Leno got to drive the carbon-bodied GT350R and spoke with SpeedKore vice president David Salvaggio all about the build. Salvaggio doesn't say exactly how much lighter this GT350R is compared with a stock example, but the weight savings are at least 400 lbs. SpeedKore's front fender weighs only 1.8 lbs, which is half that of a stock aluminum panel.
    (^^^^I think that last statement should be steel panel not aluminum panel?)

    If the 400 lb weight saving is correct, then that would mean the Carbon fiber GT350R weighs 3300 lbs

    Cool...that weight reduction would make it a seriously fast car with fantastic handling and braking.
    I would love to know how this beast stacks up against a Corvette....

    Rumors were that the Ford GT was originally planned as a Mustang variant, I wonder if this
    Carbon fiber boded GT350R is a close approximation of those early beginnings.....

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    As exciting as the prospect of a 400lbs weight loss is the $70k price tag is flat out ridiculous. It interesting from the perspective of where things will be in another decade though!

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    If I had a ton of money then I would spend the $70,000 on top of the GT350R price to have one of these, at the very least would be an interesting experience to have.

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    Re: Carbon fiber body Shelby Mustangs are a thing

    It's almost 500 lbs. It's like a 15 percent weight reduction.

    They also have a $100K package which basically turns it into a totally different car with a Musang body bolted on...
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