Ford Is Being Sued By Mustang Shelby GT350 Owners Because Cars Are Overheating

There is a bit of an outcry from a number of new owners of a few 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustangs that they claim to be overheating in a mere 15 minutes.


The disgruntled owners have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers, Ford Motor Company. The coveted vehicles are sold as track ready but are clearly not up the task. The group of owners have initiated a class-action status, claiming breach of warranty and fraud. Their claims are that the vehicles experience a limp mode after being driven hard for a short while.

The owners, who all paid a premium for these supposedly “track ready” vehicles claim that they are anything but capable of even a short time on the track. They have employed the services of law firms Hagens Berman and Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen.

The allegations state that in under 15 minutes on the track, the rear differential and/or the transmission reaches excessive heat, causing the vehicle to go into a limp mode and has little to now power. Apart from the frustration this causes, being on a track surrounded by other fast cars, this is also extremely dangerous. The claim goes so far as to say that Ford were aware of this defect and purposely concealed the information.


The suit also states that their failure to ensure the powertrain was working effectively constitutes a breach of the express warranty. These issues come after Ford proudly claimed the GT350 and GT350R to be “the most potent track-oriented production Mustangs ever–nothing was left on the table in terms of weight reduction and track-capable performance.”

The company repeatedly used the phrase “Track-Ready Shelby GT350” in its marketing and advertising. So far, Ford have only had this to say: “Ford is committed to providing our customers with top-quality vehicles. However, we do not comment on pending litigation.”

The class action suit goes on to claim that Ford has also “belatedly and inconspicuously admitted the defect by advising owners to buy rear differential and transmission coolers for their 2016 model year cars–at their own expense–in order to actually make them ‘Track-Ready’ as advertised.” It goes on to say that buying those aftermarket solutions could “represent further violations of the express warranties.”

We wait and see how the case unfolds.