Ford announced that it will enter the GT3 race class and it is doing so with a mustang. The car will join the IMSA 2024 series in the GTD and GTD Pro classes, but as a GT3 vehicle it will qualify to compete in the international GT3 classes.
The Mustang The GT3 is being developed with two famous Ford racing companies: Multimatic and M-Sport. Multimatic is one of the main developers of racing cars, and it will manage two factory-backed cars in IMSA. Other vehicles will be operated by customer teams. Multimatic worked on previous Ford GT LM racing cars as Off-road SUV only Bronco DR. It also makes those great hose valve shocks fitted for on-road travel Ford GT and Chevy Colorado and Silverado ZR2s. M-Sport is known for its racing cars from Ford, including new Puma hybrid WRC carand they are in charge of the engine.
That engine will be a race-ready version of the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 we all know and love in the current Mustang GT. It’s paired with a rear-mounted shifter, which is one of the big departures for road cars. Besides the different gearbox setup, the car also has a unique short-long wishbone suspension at all four corners. The body has many carbon fiber and of course, racing cars have all sorts of aero aids.
One thing that has us curious is whether this GT3 car will be based on the current Mustang or the next-generation vehicle instead. We’ve seen spy footage of a new one, so we know there’s an alternative in development. The timing would also be good for a new Mustang: the current one will be nearly a decade old by 2024 – plus that year will be the 60th anniversary of the Mustang. Time will answer.
And one final note: Ford also has a new Mustang GT4 racing car in 2023. That type of car is much more produced than the faster GT3 car. This is more likely based on the current car, but we can always be surprised.