Ford will be using the S650 Mustang in many racing competitions around the world, including NASCAR, IMSA SportsCar Championship, and Australia’s Supercars series. Plus, they’ll also use it in the GT4 and GT3 classes of different series.
On Tuesday, Ford’s CEO Jim Farley sent out a tweet that included a video of their Mustang GT3 race car being tested at Sebring. A few hours later he retweeted this post and asked if they should make a road version as well.
Ford is aiming to make a street-legal version of their new Mustang called the Dark Horse R. This car will potentially be able to compete with the Porsche 911 GT3 or the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The developers are working hard on a new Mustang GT3 race car that will compete in the World Endurance Championship’s GT class starting in 2024. It will also be used for other races against the Corvettes, Mercedes-Benz AMGs and the Porsche 911 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Ford and a Canadian engineering company named Multimatic have worked together to create the Mustang GT3 racing car. It will be powered by a modified 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine that is built inhouse by Ford Performance. The British motorsport & engineering company, M-Sport, makes rally cars and it is responsible for providing the engine parts for the Mustang GT3.
The Mustang GT3 race cars will have a different set of suspension than the usual street S650 models. They’ll use a special double-wishbone suspension at the front and back, with a gearbox that’s located at the rear.
Their body panels will be similar to those on road cars but are designed specifically for racing, with aerodynamics for cooling and keeping them on the ground. Plus, what makes it even cooler is that the whole car is constructed out of carbon fiber!