Without a doubt one of our favourite models, and we think still to this day one of their best-executed models by GT Spirt is their version of the 1:18 scale Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. You can read the full review if you choose, just use the link above. We took a exert from our final thought.
“This replica of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R reinforced why I love the brand. Good price point, excellent execution and great specimens. Until someone can provide a diecast version with opening bits, this model will sit proudly next to the other Fords in my collection. Don’t pass on this one, she comes highly recommended”
Under the microscope, today is one of the team’s latest issue, the 1:18 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 based on the 2020 platform. Can this latest replica live up to the GT350R? Please read on.
The Shelby GT500 is more aggressive, faster, and believe it or not this Mustang is more nimble in the corners too. Did we mention it is the most powerful production Mustang of all time? 760 ponies to be exact. We think Mr. Shelby is surely smiling with approval. The base model starts at just under $74,000 US. The model here features the optional carbon fibre track package (adjustable rear wing, front dive wings and carbon fibre wheels).
The Blue and White stripes exterior are an ideal match for this aggressive monster. GT Spirit executes the paint and stripping well. In 2020 Ford is actually offering painted stripes, as traditionally these were decals. As for the overall look and design, again very good marks to GT Spirit for achieving the magic and essence of design. This is a resin and sealed model so when it comes to shutlines and panel gaps both ingredients measure up well. So well, in fact, the results are better than the production car LOL.
Moving to the front one will notice the immediate difference over the GT350, air flows is near twice as great. Also, the addition of upper hood cooling vent provides additional air circulation and balances the overall aerodynamics of the car.
All opening on the front fascia is executed with metal grilles. Nice to see the “GT500” logo etched into the right side of the front crossbar, Cobra emblem and “Shelby” across the centre of the lower splitter. Just a few elements that add to the overall authenticity – one small issue is GT Spirt doesn’t define the carbon weave within these parts.
You’ll notice some more defined and closer images from the team moving forward, we invested a macro lens. Let us know how you like the images?
The upper hood does provide the additional hood locking pins and as mentioned the centre cooling scope/vent. All is nicely completed and defined with care.
The rear is capped with a track package adjustable wing. The two braces which adhere to the wing to the car are really basic in design and do not provide the adjustment points (this is manually adjustable wing). On the positive side, the carbon fibre weave is defined throughout the spoiler itself. As for the remaining rear design, good marks! Quality taillights, massive exhaust tips and Cobra emblem are found. The undercarriage does continue to define the exhaust, but it the most basic form.
Wheels are 20” track package rollers. The key here is they are manufactured in carbon fibre, unfortunately, this doesn’t translate into scale. GT Spirit went forward with Gloss-Black finish only. Behind the wheels, massive rotors and Brembo Red calipers are found in all four corners. If we had one complaint we find our example’s front stance a somewhat too aggressive when measured up with the 1:1.
Inside the Shelby GT500, the interior is all business and we like it! On the plus side all interior components are present and for the most part, well-executed. One thing Mustang fans will miss is the manual transmission with a shifter. The GT500 is equipped with a dual-clutch trans with simple dial in place of shifter – side paddles on the steering wheel are present. The White accent bits throughout the interior are a plus and the Recaro seats with applicable fabric seatbelts are accurate. Carbon fibre dash details are present with applicable production badge on the passenger side. Admirable attention to detail GT Spirit. On the negative side, there is no interior flocking found.
We believe GT Spirit has done well with its version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The model features a great exterior colour combo, overall lines reflect the original well. The wheels aren’t perfect, however, missing carbon weave aside they definitely shape up. Inside the interior continues with the exterior theme of overall excellence with little to nothing for us to complain about. This GT Spirit Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a solid and capable replica and one we’re sure will find a place in many collector collections. Is it as good as the GT350R? Possibly, but we’ll give the GT350R a slight nod since it was first from the team. Enjoy the pics!