It was just announced that Ford is developing a Mustang to compete in factory-backed GT3 racing.
OK, so it’s officially coming from the fine folks at Ford Performance, but at any rate, it looks like there’s a new GT3 Mustang racecar in the works.
The new race Mustang will be ready in time for the 2024 IMSA race season and, yes, that means you’ll see it in action at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2024 too. (Oh, and this year’s Rolex 24 is actually happening this weekend, if you want to see what all the fuss is about.)
While there weren’t many details in the press release, Ford did say Joey Hand (the guy who helped drive a Ford GT to victory in Le Mans in 2016 and is currently a NASCAR road course driver) will be onboard as a test driver for the Mustang GT3 program.
The new GT3 car will herald Ford’s return to global sports car racing in 2024, and will encompass a two-car GT3 team, plus customer Mustang-based race cars competing in the GTD class.
Now, about the car itself:
Ford reassured us that there will be a Coyote-based 5.0L under its hood—and it’ll turn the gears in a rear transaxle! We’re guessing, of course, that the Mustang GT3 racecar will be chock full of carbon fiber aero bits too. (We’d love to see a throwback Cobra R rear wing, but we’re not holding our breath.)
Ford also made it clear that the established GT4 program will go on as well, and sweetens the statement by hinting that a new Mustang GT4 will be hitting race tracks for the 2023 season.