Ford’s Shelby Mustang GT350 hits the track with a rebel yell

People do insane things in search of thrilling new heights. Some leap off mountainsides with kites strapped to their backs. Some take psychotropic drugs. Heck, someone obsessed with hitting the ultimate high even came up with the castrati.

Ford officials think they have a better way to reach new heights, and their efforts center on three words: Flat-plane crank. The 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 has been fitted with just such a crankshaft with the goal of reaching stratospheric engine speeds and big horsepower. Job done: the crank enables the naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V-8 in Ford’s muscle coupe to rev all the way out to 8,250rpm, churning out big numbers in the process. In fact, this is the highest-revving V-8 in Ford history, capable of more revolutions than nearly every engine on the market, regardless of size. As you might imagine, all of those whirling parts creates a deliciously unholy racket en route to realizing 526 horsepower at 7,500rpm and 429 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm.

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