Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. has revealed four aftermarket carbon fiber components for the exterior of the Mustang Shelby GT500. All four parts are currently available.
The parts include a hood vent and rain tray kit for a manufacturer suggested retail price of $1,185; front splitter with a belly pan for placement at the car’s lower, forward-leading edge and under section for $1,820; front bumper insert that fits between the car’s upper and lower grille intakes for $1,150; and a rear decklid trim panel for $575.
Showcased at a GT500 track tour event at Texas Motor Speedway outside Dallas, the parts are the first aftermarket carbon fiber accessories offered by Ford Performance for the car since the latest-generation GT500 debuted last year.
“Authenticity and personalization are what our Mustang Shelby GT500 customers want, and our new carbon fiber performance accessories provide an elevated track-proven look from every angle,” says Mark Wilson, vehicle personalization, planning, and operations manager for Ford North America. “Beyond leveraging this high-performance material to reduce weight, we track-tested and validated its durability at Ford Performance Racing School in North Carolina.”
Each component is designed to deliver high strength and rigidity with low-specific weight and is designed to withstand the high-energy forces generated at the track or drag strip.
The weight of the hood vent and rain tray kit is trimmed to four pounds, half the weight of the corresponding stock part. The front splitter with belly pan drops from seven pounds to four, the front bumper insert weighs one pound, and the decklid trim panel weighs two pounds.
Other components offered as part of the Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Package include 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, an exposed carbon fiber instrument panel and GT4 track wing, splitter wickers, and more.
In related news, Ford is welcoming its all-new Mustang race car from Ford Performance, which will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series starting in February 2022. Ford and NASCAR partnered and spent thousands of hours designing the new body. Development continues at Ford’s racing center in North Carolina.
The first chance for the public to see the car will be on May 5 at its unveiling. Until then, viewers can watch the car go around a track from the driver’s perspective and hear the sounds the engine makes here.
“We couldn’t be more excited to show off the NASCAR Next Gen Mustang to Mustang enthusiasts and Ford race fans around the world,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “This is truly a game-changing redesign for the sport of NASCAR, and we expect everyone is going to love the result of the countless hours of work by those of us at Ford Performance and our partners in NASCAR.”
To date, Mustang has 31 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series, becoming Ford’s flagship model for the series in 2019 and coming off 2020 that saw it win a season-high 18 races and capture the manufacturers’ championship for Ford.