Tech: Shelby GT350 Clutch Install

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Clutch Decision

Lethal Performance upgrades its blown GT350 with a McLeod Racing clutch

By Steve Turner

Combine the high-winding Voodoo 5.2-liter engine with a whiff on nitrous and it’s no surprise that you might find a fusible link in the driveline. In the case of Lethal Performance’s Shelby GT350 project, that link was the factory clutch.

To harness the over 800 rear-wheel horsepower produced by its Whipple-supercharged Shelby GT350, Lethal Performance turned to McLeod Racing for one of its RXT 1200 twin-disc clutches to replace the wounded factory clutch (right).
To harness the over 800 rear-wheel horsepower produced by its Whipple-supercharged Shelby GT350, Lethal Performance turned to McLeod Racing for one of its RXT 1200 twin-disc clutches to replace the wounded factory clutch (right).

Now a clutch is an easily replaced wear item, but in the case of the latest Shelby Mustang, there were no aftermarket alternatives with which to upgrade the stock clutch. Lethal soldiered on with its modifications, including a Whipple supercharger, but the company new that even a fresh stock clutch wouldn’t survive another round of track testing.

“We upgraded to the McLeod Racing setup as we smoked the stock assembly our first trip to the track when we ran 10s on nitrous,” Jared Rosen of Lethal Performance explained. “We always run McLeod Racing clutches in our cars. So when the stock assembly went bye-bye we made the call to McLeod to start working on a replacement. We chose the RXT HD setup as it best fits the current power level the car is making as well as what type of driving we do with the car on the drag strip and road course.”

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