GT350 Gets Improved Aero Design
Although there’s more than a little something to be said to the contribution of the new Shelby GT350’s high-revving 5.2-liter , 526-hp V8 (the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever), a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and specially developed (as in tread pattern and compound) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires vis-à-vis the track performance of the 2019 model.
Yet a word on behalf of the aerodynamic design is in order, as the refinement of the car took place, in part in the wind tunnel.
There is a new rear spoiler that will be available with an optional Gurney flap after launch:
There is an optimized grille closeout:
Airflow from under the front of the car along the body sides is managed:
And the engine likes a little breathing room:
The 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, for early 2019 deliveries.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.
By James Gaffney, Product Engineer, Precision Grinding and Patrick D. Redington, Manager, Precision Grinding Business Unit, Norton Company (Worcester, MA)