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FORD FORMALLY UNVEILS MUSTANG GT3 AT LE MANS AS CLASSIC CIRCUIT, RENOWNED RACE AND ICONIC SPORTS CAR CONVERGE

JUN 9, 2023 | LE MANS, FRANCE

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  • Ford Mustang officially joins FIA GT3 category with new Mustang Dark Horse-based race car, set to compete globally starting in 2024
  • Mustang GT3 boasts bold, exciting new race livery and Ford Performance logo from renowned motorsports designer Troy Lee
  • Ford Performance extends relationship with longtime partners Multimatic and M-Sport to produce the Mustang GT3 and its Coyote-based V8 engine
  • Proton Competition becomes the first customer team to officially declare their intent for a Mustang entry in the 2024 World Endurance Championship season and the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans





LE MANS, France, June 9, 2023 – The best-known sports car will compete in the world’s most iconic endurance race as the Ford Mustang GT3 takes on the challenge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2024.

The Mustang GT3 race car, based on the all-new 2024 Mustang Dark Horse, was unveiled to the racing world today during the centenary celebration on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Mustang race car boasts a bold, colorful new look from Troy Lee, who is recognized as one of the premier motorsports designers in the world. The legendary Mustang GT3 represents Lee’s first foray with Ford race cars.

With the reveal, Ford officially enters Mustang into the global FIA GT3 category. Ford’s most recent triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was in 2016 with the Ford GT.

β€œFord and Le Mans are bound together by history. And now we’re coming back to the most dramatic, most rewarding and most important race in the world. It is not Ford versus Ferrari anymore. It is Ford versus everyone. Going back to Le Mans is the beginning of building a global motorsports business with Mustang, just like we are doing with Bronco and Raptor off-road.”
-Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company CEO

Fresh Branding, New Logo

To coincide with the unveiling, Ford also is revealing new, global Ford Performance branding – a cleaner, simplified look that will now be featured on all its racing vehicles.

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This expressive and engaging new identity will help position Ford Performance as a standout lifestyle brand with a sporting mindset. The new Ford Performance mark is easier to integrate across various environments and spaces, including car liveries, merchandise/apparel, display assets, parts/accessories and in advertising.


Continuing Relationships with Two Longtime Partners

Ford Performance extended its relationship with two longtime partners in Multimatic and M-Sport for the basis of this project. Multimatic, builders of the iconic Ford GT, were also involved in the Ford GT race program and will help build and support the Mustang GT3s, while longtime World Rally Championship partner and two-time championship winning team M-Sport will assemble the Ford Performance-developed 5.4-liter Coyote-based V8 engines that power this powerful new pony.

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β€œFor a project like the Mustang GT3, we turned to two of our most trusted partners in the motorsports world to help bring this vehicle and program together,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. β€œI know we’ll all be as thrilled as Ford fans when Mustang begins racing at the highest levels of GT racing in 2024.”

The Mustang GT3 race car features a bespoke short-long arm suspension, rear-mounted transaxle gearbox, carbon fiber body panels, as well as a unique aero package developed to meet GT3 targets.


Proton Competition Becomes First WEC Customer Team for Mustang GT3

Before going to Le Mans in 2024, the Mustang GT3 will compete in various GT3 series across the globe in the hands of customer teams.

The first customer team, announced today, is Proton Competition. Based in Ehingen, Germany, Proton intends to campaign a pair of Mustang GT3s in the FIA World Endurance Championship, starting in 2024.*

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β€œThis is a very important program and an exciting moment for our organization,” said Proton Competition team principal Christian Ried. β€œThe Mustang is a great brand and this is an important step for our team. We look forward to joining with Ford starting in 2024.”

Ford Performance will also field a two-car factory race program with Mustang GT3 in IMSA’s GTD Pro class. This will be managed by Multimatic Motorsports and begin at the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

For racers and teams interested in acquiring a Mustang GT3 to enter into competition, please visit https://www.ford.com/performance/mustang-gt3

*Subject to decision of the WEC Selection Committee



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STREET VERSION

S650 Mustang Mustang GT3 Formally Unveiled at Le Mans! 🏁 GT3_STREET
 

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I like to disassemble things.
Still waiting for the dimensional details on how the are obtaining 5.4 liters from a Coyote based engine...
 


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How much HP does this stang have πŸ€”.
If they used the same engine and just modified it and got to around 600 hp or more NA. Just think what the base engines can do if you can somehow replicate what they did and toss some E85 in after the ECU is unlocked. Wild!
 
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How much HP does this stang have πŸ€”.
If they used the same engine and just modified it and got to around 600 hp or more NA. Just think what the base engines can do if you can somehow replicate what they did and toss some E85 in after the ECU is unlocked. Wild!
It's the same engine from the Supercars gen 3 cars. It's like 5.4 Coyote with 580 hp at the crank N/A. But this are $70 000 engines and are bespoke.
 

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Still waiting for the dimensional details on how the are obtaining 5.4 liters from a Coyote based engine...
"based" means something like the block uses the same materials?

5.4L is as Coyote based as the the Voodoo and the Predator engines were... I'm sure they use this marketing bla bla for their homogenization...
 

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You love to see it. Expect to see some of these design elements and the 5.4 in the road going version.
 

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So will there actually be a street version or just an available to consumers for track use only version?
My assumption is street legal version. They already have DHS and DHR which to my knowledge have not been ordered yet. With the 500 and 350 not in production, this can become the β€œhigh ticket” mustang in the near future (7 years). It can compete in a way with cars that’s typically not in its category. Mustang GT3 would be a great weekend track toy similar to a 911 GT3, C8.R Z06, Nissan GTR etc. I could be completely wrong but that’s my thinking
 
 




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