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ON THE TRACK: Ford's new GT4 is for racers around the world


The Ford Mustang has a significant and enduring legacy in the racing world. Since its introduction in 1964, the Mustang has become an iconic American muscle car that has left a lasting impact on various forms of motorsport. Here are some key aspects of the Mustang's racing legacy:


The Mustang GT4 is the latest in the Blue Oval’s motorsports efforts, dubbed “Ford vs. Everyone” by Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. It’s based on the all-new 2024 Mustang Dark Horse™, just like its sibling the Mustang GT3. With the reveal, Ford officially continues an uninterrupted tenure in the SRO-sanctioned GT4 category, first entered in 2017.


 

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And like the Mustang GT3, it receives a bold, colorful livery adapted from Troy Lee Designs’ liveries for the Mustang GT3 and SuperVan 4.2. Troy Lee is recognized as one of the premier motorsports livery designers in the world. “The Mustang GT4 is a key member of our motorsports lineup.

It’s placement between the Mustang GT3 and soon-to-be-unveiled Mustang Dark Horse R keeps the brand in competition at all levels of on-track performance and is an important part of our customer racing program.

With this new version, based off the seventh generation’s new Dark Horse model, we’ve upped the game and are ready to challenge an entire world of competitors.”

-Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports
















The introduction of Mustang Dark Horse in 2022 was the precursor to a broader launch of a family of Mustang racecars debuting this year. These include the new Mustang GT4, the recently revealed Mustang GT3, as well as the upcoming Mustang Dark Horse R and more. All will carry on the standing of Mustang as Ford's most raced and most successful nameplate, racing at legendary tracks around the world from Daytona to Bathurst, featuring accessibility ranging from the heights of professional GT racing all the way to consumer track days. Mustang truly will be racing everywhere.

With the new Mustang GT4, Ford Performance further expands its robust partnership with Multimatic, who will build every Mustang GT4. The Ford Coyote-based V8 race engines in the Mustang GT4, developed fully in-house by Ford Performance, will be assembled by Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

“We’re proud to work with so many great partners on these race vehicle programs. It’s also special to be able to do all of the engine work for the Mustang GT4 fully in-house. We’ve got a great team, and I’m excited for Mustang fans to see the Mustang GT4 in action.”

-Christian Hertrich, Motorsports powertrain manager, Ford Performance.

The Mustang GT4 race car also features Multimatic DSSV dampers, a Holinger dog-ring gearbox, paddle shifters with pneumatic actuation, natural fiber body panels, as well as a unique aero package developed to meet GT4 category targets.


From Trans Am, Drag Racing and NASCAR, to Road racing, Drifting and Global impact, the Mustang's racing legacy isn't limited to the United States. The car's popularity and performance have led to its participation in racing events on an international scale, including events in Europe, Australia, and other regions. Ford Mustang's legacy in the racing world is marked by its domination of various racing series, its success in different forms of motorsport, and its role as an iconic American muscle car that continues to compete and win races across different disciplines.


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