Ford Mustang GT4 Race Car Revealed: SEMA 2016

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At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Ford this week pulled the wraps off of a brand-new turnkey race car with a familiar face: the Ford Mustang GT4.

The Mustang GT4 is based on the Shelby GT350R-C race car that won this year’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in its class. It has the same normally-aspirated, 5.2-liter V8, although in this application, it’s paired to a Holinger six-speed transmission with paddle-shifters. Uprated dampers, lower-rear control arms, and stabilizer bars have been supplied by the wizards at Multimatic Motorsports, and 18-inch Forgeline wheels wrapped in racing slicks keep the new race car glued to the tarmac.

Ford Mustang GT4 racecar - side

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In addition, some aerodynamic aids not found on the production Shelby model – things like the angry front splitter, rear wing, diffuser, and plentiful hood venting – have been employed to help maintain better downforce. And, being a race car, the Mustang GT4’s interior features an FIA-compliant roll cage, motorsports engine control, anti-lock brake controller, and a Motec dash logger.

Ford Mustang GT4 racecar - rear

Eligible for European GT4, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, and IMSA’s Grand Sport class, the new Ford Mustang GT4 almost makes the production GT350R look soft and gentle by comparison.

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“The new Mustang is a global vehicle,” says Ford Performance Motorsports Engineering Manager Mark Rushbrook. “Now, its growing fan base has a GT4 competition model to race and support around the globe.”

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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