HP Tuners breaks through with support for the Shelby GT350 and uncovers some interesting details
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company and HP Tuners
From the moment we learned about the new Shelby GT350, our imaginations have run wild with its modification possibilities. With its new flat-plane-crank-equipped 5.2-liter engine (codenamed Voodoo) ready to run to 8,000 rpm, you might think there would be a steep learning curve to getting a handle on the tuning of its Powertrain Control Module.
Well, thanks to the clever crew at HP Tuners, the only thing we’ll have to wait on to tune the new GT350 is the car itself. That’s right. HP Tuners’ engineer Eric Brooks has added support for the Shelby GT350 to its VCM Suite software, which we covered in detail late last year. With its software and OBD-II dongle you will be able to recalibrate the car’s onboard PCM for greater performance and any modifications you might add.
Sadly, the Shelby GT350 hasn’t hit the streets yet, so we can’t see what the HP Tuners hardware and software will do for the high-revving Mustang. However, as you’ll see in the VCM Suite screen captures that HP Tuners shared with us, peering into the factory calibration files for the PCM controlling the Voodoo reveals some interesting details about the engine and the equipment supporting it, including the fuel system design, firing order, and rev-limiter setting.
While we have already covered this car in detail, there’s still a lot to learn about the top-shelf Mustang. Yet, this little peek into its PCM has us pretty excited about the potential lurking inside the forthcoming Shelby Mustang.