Adding to its growing collection of awards, Ford's Mustang Shelby GT350R recently scooped up Popular Science's 2016 Best of What's New Award in the auto division.
The competition was stiff in this year's competition - Popular Science's annual presentation of accolades accounts for reviews of thousands of new products and innovations. Only 100 winners across 10 categories walk (or in this case, drive) away with awards in hand, as well as a secured spot in Popular Science's Best of What's New issue. The fundamental criteria? The product or technology in question must represent a notable step forward in its section.
In the case of the Shelby GT350R, its ultralight carbon-fiber wheels sealed the deal. On the GT350R, its front two wheels rely on a ceramic thermal barrier coating for insulation, a technology borrowed from a similar method NASA used on a space shuttle. Compared to equivalently sized, standard aluminum wheels, each 19-inch carbon-fiber wheel weighs approximately 15 pounds less, which improves the GT350R's handling and acceleration. Not surprisingly, the wheels are the first of their kind on a production car, setting them apart and putting the GT350R on the award pedestal. Check out the GT350R in action in the video below:
"The Best of What’s New awards honor innovations that shape the future,” Kevin Gray, Popular Science's executive editor, said. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.” See Ford's lineup of Mustangs for yourself at Sound Ford Washington today!