FORD is facing some serious litigation in the US after owners of some 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustangs filed a lawsuit over the cars they bought as “track-ready” but which overheated after just a few minutes of fast driving.
The owners, represented by a brace of top-flight law firms, are suing for fraud and breach of warranty claims.
The suit alleges that when they take their GT350s to a track, the transmission and/or rear differential overheats after 15 minutes or less, causing the car to go into a limp mode.
The suit says that is dangerous when the cars are surrounded by other cars travelling at high speeds.
It also says Ford knew it was selling cars with defective transmissions and rear differentials and failed to disclose that to the buyers.
Despite the issues, Ford claimed in its marketing of the GT350 and GT350R that they were “the most potent track-oriented production Mustangs ever – nothing was left on the table in terms of weight reduction and track-capable performance”.
Ford also used the term “Track-Ready Shelby GT350” in its advertising.
The suit affects base and Technology package cars.
Cars with the Track package came with extra transmission, engine oil and rear differential coolers that appear to alleviate the problem.
Ford subsequently made the Track package standard on its 2017 Shelby GT350s.
The lawsuit states Ford has “belatedly and inconspicuously admitted the defect by advising owners to buy differential and transmission coolers for their 2016 cars to actually make them ‘Track-Ready’ as advertised.”
Ford’s response: “We do not comment on pending litigation”.
Overhot performer? Ford’s 2016 Shelby 350 Mustang.