Ford unveils Mustang GT4 race car

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Ford unveils Mustang GT4 race car

Ford is taking its new Mustang into international motor racing.

A GT4 race car version of the Mustang has been unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

It has been developed by Ford Performance, the brand’s motorsport division, and Multimatic Motorsports and will be available to customers wishing to race in series including IMSA and the Pirelli World Challenge in the USA, and the GT4 European Series that includes a round at Silverstone in the UK.

The car is inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that has taken the 2016 title in IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. It is powered by the 5.2-litre V8 Mustang engine developed for competition by Ford Performance and Roush-Yates Engines, which is also responsible for the Ford engines in America’s biggest motorsport category, NASCAR.

The engine is matched to a lightweight compact six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission with direct-pneumatic activation for faster, more positive shifts, A dry sump oiling system and ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel are also on the specification.

Chassis developments for the Mustang GT4 include bespoke race-spec dampers along with rear lower control arms designed specifically for coil-over springs and front/rear anti-roll bars, all designed by Multimatic and a Brembo six-piston brake system sitting inside 18x11in Forgeline forged-alloy wheels.

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GT4 version of the Mustang will be eligible for race series across the world.

The body gains a rear wing evolved directly from Ford’s international racing programme with the GT, a front splitter, extra vents in the bonnet and a rear diffuser. Inside is a full FIA-compliant roll cage and a race-oriented dash logger supplied by MoTeC.

According to global director of Ford Performance David Pericak, the arrival of the race car is evidence of the Mustang’s growing presence on global markets. “The Mustang GT4 is equipped to compete and win on tracks around the globe, and we expect it to be as popular with racers as its production sibling is with consumers,” he says.

Sports car racing is not the first arena seeing the shape of the current Mustang, however. The car is Ford’s chosen body shape in NASCAR’s second-division Xfinity Series, though the cars in this championship are specially built race machines with only elements of the road car included.

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Ford already races with the Mustang badge, in NASCAR.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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