With the debut of the 2024 Mustang, Ford Motor Company wowed loyalists by not only revealing an unexpected new performance model dubbed Dark Horse, but a commitment to racing the seventh-generation stallion across a wide range of competitive venues. One such endeavor is the creation of a new Mustang GT3.
“For 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,” Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports, says. “I know we’ll all be as thrilled as Ford fans when Mustang begins racing at the highest levels of GT racing in 2024.”
The new GT3 will race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the GT World Challenge series. It will also appear at legendary events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Spa, the Nürburgring 24 Hours, and the Bathurst 12 Hour.
“We are global now with the Mustang,” Kevin Groot, Ford Performance Motorsports Sportscar engineer, says. “We wanted to bring in GT3. It’s clear that this is a good place for Mustang to race.”
For fans of these endeavors, Ford Performance is set to offer a look inside the development of the Mustang GT3 via a new documentary series set to launch on YouTube on December 15, 2023.
The Mustang GT3’s competition debut takes place at the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, courtesy of a two-car factory team fielded by development partner Multimatic Motorsports with drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, Harry Tincknell and Mike Rockenfeller sharing duties behind the wheel.
It should be fun seeing how this car gets dialed in before the green flag drops in Daytona.