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Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - First production-unit Shelby GT350 Mustang to be auctioned off

Ford will be auctioning off the very first production unit of the Shelby GT350 Mustang at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 17, 2015.

To be auctioned off with no reserve price, the Shelby GT350 Mustang will be made available to the winning bidder with his or her choice of colors and packages.

Based on the all-new Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT350 is powered by "the first production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft--a design typically reserved for racing applications and exotic European sports cars." Its 5.2-liter engine produces more than 500hp and more than 542Nm, "making it the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever."

The car rides on 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread and compound. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential enhances cornering grip and straight-line traction, while carefully sculpted body panels maximize downforce. Stopping power comes courtesy of 394mm rotors clamped by six-piston calipers up front and 380mm rotors with four-piston calipers at the rear, all by Brembo.

"The all-new Shelby GT350 is a thrilling, world-class car," said Ford's North American car marketing manager Steve Ling. "From the all-new independent suspension--a first for a Shelby--to the powerful engine and superb brakes, this car is simply amazing. Just as the Shelby GT350 did in 1965, we expect this new-generation pony car to demonstrate that Ford Motor Company continues to lead the world in innovation and performance."

The proceeds of the auction will benefit JDRF, the leading global organization that funds type 1 diabetes research.

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