As a SCCA racer, PCA HPDE instructor and 911 specialist I feel qualified to comment re: GT350 vs 911. The Shelby GT350 is in fact a world class track car on par with a Carrera and possibly the 991 GT3. The overall handling and braking, suspension, and power combine to create a very balanced and predicable package. On track turn in, mid corner stability, and full power track out off a corner actually feel more stable than 997 generation GT3's. The big difference between 997 GT3's and the Ford is the fact that the Porsche is a race car, lightly disguised as a street car. They are amazing, but not for everyone. The inexperienced 911 driver can get in real trouble fast as the rear weight bias makes driving different. In the the hands of an expert, they fly.
None the less, can't wait to put the 350R through her paces on track!
Like I said, not a fan of the Porsche M96/M97 engine architecture: dchunk almost like an obituary to these engines!
911, Boxster and Cayman models for over a decade utilized this technology. Porsche actually settled a customer class action lawsuit over problems inherent with these designs. "D chunking" was one of the common catastrophic failures.
I guess my handle is my little way of protest against the "cheapening" of the Porsche flat six marvel.
Originally created in air cooled form (which was in essence a general aviation engine in a car),to the last vestige of this incredible precision in the 997 MkII GT3's.
Porsche factory race GT3's continue with the best of the best Mezger "GT1 cased" engines thru the current GT3 RSR campaigned in the 2016 Tuduor/IMSA GTLM class.