The program allows owners to better experience the GT350 and GT350R with help from professional instructors.Shelby GT350 buyers will soon get a chance to learn how to properly drive their new car.Ford has offered a complementary Track Attack schooling program at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, for owners of the 2015 and 2016 GT350 and GT350R.
Ford Performance Racing School instructors aim to help the customers improve driving skills and better experience the GT350 in its natural environment. Tops include braking, shifting and cornering techniques, with special attention paid to the GT350's dynamics.
Attendees will be treated to an evening reception followed by a full day of driving instruction, split between classroom and on-track sessions. Participants can choose to stick around for another day of learning, though only the first day is provided gratis.
The GT350 introduced a new 5.2-liter V8 engine featuring a flat-plane crankshaft. It is among Ford's most powerful naturally-aspirated engines, producing 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
The Shelby packages also bring a wide range of track-focused upgrades, while the interior has been stripped to minimize weight. Hardware revisions include revised suspension, bigger Brembo brake calipers, a Torsen limited-slip differential and unique aero components.
The GT350R takes the idea even further, adding standard MagneRide adaptive suspension, carbon fiber wheels and lighter exhaust components, among other enhancements.
"GT350 is a car that needs to be experienced on a closed road course," said Ford Performance marketing director Jim Owens. "The program is designed for owners to learn how to get the most out of their car so they can appreciate the unique performance Shelby GT350 delivers, while also gaining driving skills and experience. It's going to be a ton of fun."
The Track Attack program will officially start in April. Owners are encouraged to bring a guest.