Lethal Performance GT350 Is Dyno-Mite
Careful, This Lethal GT350 Will Eat You Alive
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 18 months, you’re well aware that the hottest Ford around these days — short of the you-can’t-have-it GT — is the new Shelby GT350.
Unquestionably, the Shelby’s defining characteristic is its rev-happy flat-plane V8. Needless to say, it’s no slouch from the factory. But rather than a masterwork, the artists at Lethal Performance saw a blank canvas. And now they’ve nearly doubled the engine’s output with the addition of a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger.
Pony vs Dyno
The result is an attention-grabbing 819 rear-wheel horsepower. The number you get from Ford is power at the crankshaft, which means at least 9% is los t in transmission to the wheels, very likely more. Not so with the number Lethal gives. Want to see what this supercharged monster looks like strapped down with the pedal to the metal? Take a look at the dyno footage above — it’s clear this monster wants to run.
The Lethal Build
Living up to the Lethal name requires more than just a big blower, though. This build also incorporates a JMS Fuelmax fuel pump booster, a set of 1000-cc fuel injectors (to make sure the 5.2-liter V8 can slake its thirst on tasty premium) and, of course, a custom computer tune from Lund Racing.
We think you’ll agree the car sounds absolutely outrageous. And thanks to the Shelby’s factory-tuned suspension, it probably puts the power down quite efficiently.
In the history of the Ford vs Chevrolet rivalry, the Corvette has always played the role of superlative sports car to Ford’s Mustang. The Ford GT is just too exclusive to be considered a dog in the fight. But cars like the GT350 prove you can take Mustang bones and produce a world-class sports car that competes with the ‘Vette.
This Lethal build can do all that, and a whole lot more.