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Ford Mustang Dark Horse S Potentially Teased Ahead Of Reveal

The S650 2024 Ford Mustang was officially revealed back in September, ushering in a completely new design for the long-running pony car, as well as revised engines churning out more power. The new Mustang lineup also includes a new variant – the Dark Horse – which offers up unique styling touches and even more power than the GT, but it isn’t just a street machine – rather, the Dark Horse also marks the start of a new motorsports push from The Blue Oval, with multiple variants heading to various racing formats in the coming years. Now, one of those forthcoming Ford Mustang Dark Horse racing models has potentially been teased.

Ford Performance tweeted out this photo depicting a smoky scene and a uniquely-shaped rear spoiler with the caption “ready for the next stampede?” It doesn’t give us much to go by, but judging by the caption and the photo, it seems highly likely that we are, in fact, looking at one of the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse racing variants, perhaps the S – which is one of two new track-only versions of the car, along with the Dark Horse R, which will be sold exclusively to racers for non-street use.

The Ford Mustang Dark Horse S is designed to appeal to weekend track day enthusiasts, a stripped-down vehicle with all non-essential trim and features removed, while Ford has also added all the requisite safety equipment including a full FIA-certified safety cage, safety nets, a race seat with safety belts, a race steering wheel with quick disconnect, electrical disconnects. and a fire suppression system. Meanwhile, the R adds a special serialization that approves the car for racing, strategic seam welding, a fuel cell for increased range, and Ford Performance Parts wheels.

In addition to these new models, the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse will also spawn a new array of GT3, GT4, NASCAR, and NHRA Factory X racing versions. The all-new Mustang GT3 IMSA race car marks the automaker’s return to that series and will be available for customers to purchase. Set to debut at the 2024 24 Hours of Daytona and co-developed by Ford and Multimatic, the Mustang GT3 is powered by a 5.4L Coyote-based V8 engine.

We’ll have more on the Mustang Dark Horse soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mark B

    I’ll bet the weekend track oriented model on up the line will be some pricey iron…fun no doubt…but pricey.

  2. Mike says...

    I love the Mustang… but really? What will this puff piece have to do with anything in the near future? Dodge, and GM will have dedicated electric ‘muscle cars’ with manufactured sound effects. I doubt there will be any interest in racing gas and BEV on the same track.


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