Yes Ryan, I was aware of the sheet metal changes like the GT-500 before it, but didn't know the front glass was different. The move to magna-ride suspension was HUGE too, however the pure racers are taking that suspension out and using ultra exotic suspenders. The GT-350R got those amazing carbon fiber wheels that take over 100 lbs of unsprung weight out of the car. I heard that the engineers had to go back the drawing board with the magna-ride because the carbon fiber wheels were so light compared to the non-R wheels, caused all sorts of traction related challenges. End result was fantastic though.Due respect but the car in question is more than a few unique adjustments. The structure is completely proprietary from the windshield forward, as is the windshield itself. The engine only comes in this one specific car, the transmission, brakes, suspension, interior, wheels, exhaust, under panels, I could go on. Are all completely unique to this car. Yeah, a lot of special editions from the factory are badge swap engineering. But the car in question if anything was more of an engineering exercise to push the limits of their team than anything else.
But therein lies my point: it's a lot of marketing. Lets build this ultra incredible flat-plane crank engine that zings up to 8,250 rpm, sounds like nothing else ever has outta Detroit. Lets use these amazing carbon wheels with garbage can lid sized brakes. ...and lets only make a few of them and make them rare.
They could have, I'm presuming, easily mass produced that Voodoo engine, put that and the carbon fiber wheels on tens-of thousands of 'special track pack' mustangs, and SO many of us could have been having the time of our lives in those things if it weren't for that $40,000 dealer markup. What does Carroll Shelby have to do with these late model mustangs anyways?
Yea, clearly I'm just going thru a fit of jealousy. Aren't y'all with me?!? Enough already Ford, make a special car within reach of the average Joe with a little extra jingle in his pocket! ...that's NOT a hatchback with a 'drift mode'. Rant over.