If you've ever dreamed of racing a Ford Mustang, the new 2024 Ford Mustang GT4 might be the perfect car for you. The Mustang GT4 is a turnkey race car designed to compete in the GT4 category, one of the most accessible and popular forms of sports car racing in the world. The Mustang GT4 is based on the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse, but Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports have extensively modified it to meet the demands of the track.
What is GT4 racing?
GT4 racing is a category of sports car racing that features production-based cars with minimal modifications. GT4 cars are meant to be affordable and easy to drive, making them ideal for amateur and semi-professional drivers. GT4 cars are also eligible to race in multiple series across the globe, such as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the British GT Championship in North America and Europe, respectively. GT4 cars can also race alongside more powerful and expensive GT3 cars in some events.
What makes the 2024 Ford Mustang GT4 special?
The 2024 Ford Mustang GT4 is the latest evolution of Ford's long history of racing Mustangs, dating back to the original Shelby GT350R in the 1960s. The Mustang GT4 builds on the success of the previous-generation model, which debuted in 2017 and won several championships and races around the world. The new Mustang GT4 features a number of improvements and updates, such as:
- A 5.0-liter V8 engine based on the Coyote engine found in the road-going Mustang, but tuned by Ford Performance to produce around 500 horsepower. The engine is also built by Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, ensuring quality and reliability.
- A Holinger dog-ring gearbox with paddle shifters and pneumatic actuation, providing quick and precise shifts.
- Multimatic spool-valve dampers, which are renowned for their performance and adjustability. Multimatic is also responsible for assembling the car and providing technical support to customer teams.
- Body panels made from natural fibers, which reduce weight and environmental impact.
- An aerodynamics package developed specifically for the GT4 category, which includes a large rear wing, a front splitter, a rear diffuser, and fender vents. The aerodynamics package generates downforce and stability at high speeds, but not as much as the more extreme GT3 car.
- A stripped-down interior with a roll cage, a racing seat, a digital dashboard, a fire extinguisher system, and other safety features.
How much does the 2024 Ford Mustang GT4 cost?
Ford has not announced the official price of the Mustang GT4 yet, but it is expected to be around $250,000. This may sound like a lot of money, but it is actually quite reasonable for a race car of this caliber. For comparison, the previous-generation Mustang GT4 cost around $230,000, while the new Mustang GT3 will cost around $500,000. The Mustang GT4 also comes with a warranty and technical support from Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports.