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Build Your Own Shelby GT350 Engine! (Minus The Flat-Plane Crank)

In case you can’t manage to secure an example of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 for yourself, the folks at Ford Performance are happy to enable you to build your own (sort of), having recently added the Shelby GT350 engine block and cylinder heads to the Ford Performance Parts catalog.

Road & Track‘s Performance Car of the Year (and recent Car and Driver 10Best winner), the Shelby GT350 Mustang will be a limited-run, track-hungry pony car when it launches next year. Fortunately, offering parts from the Shelby GT350 engine – the true centerpiece of the high-performance ‘Stang – will permit racing outfits and moneyed devotees alike the chance to own a quintessential piece of the car.

Unfortunately, the characteristic flat-plane crankshaft has not made its way into the Ford Performance Parts catalog with the block and cylinder heads.

Road & Track points out that the cross-plane crank from the 2012-’13 Boss 302 will bolt right into the Shelby GT350 engine, however, and the components that are offered still boast plenty of meaningful advantages. That includes a larger cylinder bore with larger overall displacement, bigger valves (loaded with the Shelby’s lightweight hollow-stem intake, and sodium-filled exhaust valves) and generally higher-performance design and crafting throughout.

The different valvetrain geometry of the GT350 cylinder heads will require the use of unique camshafts, rocker arms, and lash adjusters. MSRP is $3,000 for the Shelby GT350 engine block, plus $2,495 for each cylinder head.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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