When it was announced, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R featured the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever produced (with more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque) – plus a specially tuned suspension.

For today’s video presented to us by Winding Road Magazine, we get to see a behind-the-wheels footage of a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R being piloted by Ford’s factory test driver, Steve Thompson, as it hot laps the Grattan Raceway in Michigan, US. Take note, Grattan Raceway is a quite challenging racetrack because it has a lot of blind corners and elevation changes, making it as an ideal course to fully test the capabilities of the GT350R.