Lethal Performance launches its Shelby GT350 project with a burnout
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Lethal Performance
We have been involved in covering a lot of project cars over the years, but we recently had the opportunity to truly jump in on the ground floor with a new one. Lethal Performance got the call that its new 2016 Shelby GT350 was to arrive at Weikert Ford in Lake Wales, Florida, so we arranged to be there when Team Lethal picked up its car.
Not only was it a rare experience to see one of these cars before it goes under the modding knife, but it was an opportunity to see one of these amazing, new Ford Performance machines delivered to a new customer at the dealership.
â€œWe are happy SVTPerformance could meet us here,â€ Jared Rosen said as we took a quick ride in the GT350. â€œWe have been there since the beginning and SVTPâ€”especially the members that support usâ€”is family.â€
Jared and his partner in crime, Jonas Cooper, had the good fortune of attending the Shelby GT350 Track Tour at Sebring International Raceway, so they had already driven GT350s at speed on a racetrack, so they knew what to expect from this new project. In fact, Jared was so impressed with the handling of the car and the high-rpm pull of its engine that Lethal plans to have this car spend time on both the drag strip and the road course.
Knowing the life this Shelby GT350 was about to embark on, we might have suggested that a burnout on the dealer lot was in order before Jonas hopped in the car and headed south to Lethal headquarters. It didnâ€™t take much convincing for Phillip Weikert to give us the go-ahead. Jonas engaged the line lock and let her rip (thanks to Weikert Ford’s Justin Land for the slow-mo footage)â€¦
As you can see, the stock power output is quite sufficient to convert the GT350â€™s stock Michelin Pilot Super Sports into a reasonable approximation of Cumulus clouds. However, stock output isnâ€™t what Team Lethal has in mind for this car. The plan is to start out with the basics, like tuning, exhaust and a JLT Performance cold-air intake. From there, the mod list will get significantly more aggressive with the addition of a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger.
Rest assured thatÂ youâ€™ll be able to read about its transformation right here on the Front Page, so stay tuned…