As the world gears up for the Rolex 24 2022 at Daytona, Ford offers a curious glimpse into its racing future. A Mustang GT3 is in the works, slated to compete with IMSA for the 2024 racing season. One image shows the car under cover, but with 2024 listed as its racing debut, it’s likely that it will be based on the next-generation pony car. As such, this could be the first official teaser for the seventh-generation Ford Mustang.
“The Mustang was born to race from the start and we are excited to introduce the GT3 version to compete head-to-head with some of the world’s greatest manufacturers,” said Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook. our global endurance racing heritage, including today’s NASCAR and Australian Supercars, we are ready to take the Mustang to the next level of global performance.”
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To bring the new Mustang GT3 to life, Ford turned to its own Ford Performance team along with help from longtime partner Multimatic. M-Sport in the UK is also poised to build a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that the race car will use. The race-specific engine will send power to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted transaxle, and the car will use bespoke Short-Long Arm suspension at all four corners.
Ford will campaign two GT3 cars for IMSA with factory support. To meet homologation requirements, the company will build 20 cars in the first two years for customer racing teams. In addition to the new GT3 initiative, Ford is continuing its Mustang GT4 racing program for customers with plans to launch a new car for the 2023 racing season.
“It’s important that we continue to support the efforts of the Mustang GT4 as well,” said Rushbrook. “We have had a lot of success both here and in Europe with the current Mustang GT4, and we look forward to providing our customers with a new car for competition in the GT4 category from next season. more to say that in the near future.”
The current race-spec GT4 has been available since 2016, shortly after the launch of the sixth-generation Mustang. As such, the new GT4 car for 2023 suggests that it will also be based on the upcoming seventh-generation model. And that means the debut of the next-generation Mustang is just over a year away.