Ford’s Mustangs in recent generations have been making the transition from boulevard cruisers to powerful sports cars, and seventh generation ‘Stang revealed Wednesday at the 2022 Detroit auto show, it looks to finally cement this with an expanded racing program that includes the return of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The new Mustang is set to compete in a variety of races, including NASCAR, IMSA SportsCar Championship and the Australian Supercars series, as well as in various GT3 and GT4 competitions around the globe. With confirmation the Mustang will race at Le Mans, the World Endurance Championship could be added to that list. Le Mans is the flagship event on the WEC calendar, similar to the 24 Hours of Daytona on the SportsCar Championship calendar, and saw Mustang compete in 1967 and 1997.
A new Mustang GT3 is in development and will qualify to compete in the WEC GT classes as soon as 2024, so the Mustang won’t be able to win outright in the Hypercar class. The Mustang GT3 will also be the basis for racing cars that compete in the GT classes of the SportsCar championship. This means it will compete with race cars based on the likes of Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and Porsche 911.
7th generation Ford Mustang race car family
Ford has yet to say whether it plans to do the autos live at Le Mans or if it will team up with a racing team, similar to its partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing for the race. GT supercar runs successfully at Le Mans In recent years. It will operate a factory group building two Mustang GT3s in the SportsCar Championship GTD Pro class.
Ford also plans to offer the Mustang GT3 to customer fleets, which means it can compete in other GT3 competitions around the globe.
The race car is being developed in partnership with Multimatic, the Canadian motorsport and engineering company that built the GT for Ford, as well as the more recent car. Bronco DR racer. It will run a single version of the familiar 5.0-liter V-8. The engine is being developed by Ford Performance and will be supplied by M-Sport, the British motorsport and engineering company responsible for recent Ford racing cars, including the Ford-based one. Puma is competing at the 2022 World Rally Championship.
Ford Mustang GT3 racing car 2024
The Mustang GT3 will also feature unequal length double wishbone suspension at the front and rear, a rear axle shift transmission, carbon fiber body panels and of course an aero package developed to accommodate comply with the rules of GT3.
Joey Hand, one of the winners of Ford’s 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign, will serve as test and development driver for the show, alongside his current NASCAR mission.
The Mustang GT3 isn’t the only new Mustang racer in the works. Ford also announced a Mustang Dark Horse CHEAP which may be able to compete in a new series of films.