Ford Reveals Mustang GT3 Plans For 2024 IMSA Season
Ford recently announced its plans to reignite GT3 racing with an all-new Mustang GT3 IMSA race car, which will also become available for customers in 2024. Developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the Ford Mustang GT3 is built with an earth-shaking 5.0-liter V8 engine to bring out the full endurance racing potential of the Mustang for customers around the world.
Joey Hand, an award-winning driver in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro class in the Ford GT, is set to be one of the test drivers for the new program. He will also drive six NASCAR Cup road course races in 2022 in a Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang.
"Mustang was born to race from the start and we're thrilled to introduce the GT3 version to compete head-to-head against some of the greatest manufacturers in the world," said Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports global director. "With 58 years of global endurance racing heritage, including NASCAR and Australian Supercars today, we are ready to take Mustang to the next level of global performance.
"We're excited to work on this new IMSA program as well as the GT3 customer program with Ford Performance," said Larry Holt, Executive Vice President of Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations. "We have a long, great working relationship with each other, both at the highest levels of professional sports car racing, and in developing competitive customer race programs and vehicles. We appreciate their faith in us, and together, we can't wait to show the world what's coming down the road with Mustang."
Both organizations share a rich history in the FIA World Rally Championship and recently partnered for the development and preparation of the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, which finished 1-3-5 in its debut race at the Monte Carlo Rally this past weekend.
"We are delighted to be broadening our relationship with Ford and extending it into the racing world after a very successful 25 years together in the World Rally Championship, which is once again delivering stunning results with the Puma Hybrid Rally1," said Malcom Wilson, owner of M-Sport. "M-Sport has a wealth and depth of circuit racing knowledge and expertise, particularly from our GT3 program that used an M-Sport developed V8 engine for GT3 that powered us to victory in the 2020 Bathurst 12-hour race and 2019 1000km of Paul Ricard.
The innovative Mustang GT3 race car will feature a unique Short-Long Arm suspension, a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox, carbon fiber body panels, and a distinct aero package developed to meet GT3 targets.
Although the Mustang GT3 for IMSA is new, Ford and Multimatic also confirmed that the successful Mustang GT4 customer race program will continue into the future, with a new Mustang GT4 expected to debut in the 2023 season.
The new Mustang models for extreme racing adds to a lineage of innovative racing Mustangs arriving in the near future. The 2022 Next Gen Ford Mustang will debut in the NASCAR Cup in February at the LA Coliseum and then at the Daytona 500 a couple of weeks later.
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