What is it?
It’s a Ford Mustang that thinks it’s a Ferrari. A Mustang that’s be tuned and trimmed to the point where it can monster public road and race track alike and all the while sound like a NASCAR that’s been sent to an Italian finishing school.
Key to this car’s brilliance is its rather special V8 engine (more on that in a bit), but also its brutal spec. Compared to the milder GT350, the back seats, air-con, stereo, boot carpet, spare wheel and most soundproofing have been ditched, shaving a total of 59kg.
A special mention to the R’s carbon-fibre wheels, saving over 7kg per corner. That’s all unsprung mass, too, which does wonders for ride and handling, but it’s a pricey fix if carbon meets kerb.