The competition-spec Ford Mustang GT4 customer race car is getting ready to make its European racing debut this weekend, from October 14th through the 15th, at the FFSA Championnat De France GT – GT4 European Series Southern Cup race at Circuit Paul Ricard. By running there, Ford hopes to showcase just how quick and competitive the purpose-built racer is in the GT4 class.
Ford’s confidence in the car has been validated by its performance in its debut IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Championship season here in the US, where it took pole at the first two rounds – Daytona and Sebring – and finished first at Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Road America. It’s also been proven in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class.
“The best way to show customers what a car can do is to bring it to the racetrack,” says Ford Performance Director Dave Pericak. “That’s our goal at Paul Ricard. We’ve already had success with the Ford Mustang GT4 in the US; now it’s time to show potential customers what it can do at a respected European track like Paul Ricard.”
The Ford Mustang GT4 made its official debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last November, and got its racing start in the US this year. The car’s homologation for European racing series was delayed several months due to an issue with the location of the oil tank, but it’s since been approved by the sanctioning body.