FoMoCo originally announced that it was working on a brand new Ford Mustang GT3 race car back in January 2022, a machine that’s based on the also-new S650 generation 2024 model. Since then, we’ve been treated to a few teasers showing off the Mustang GT3 at the track doing its thing, with Blue Oval CEO Jim Farley even asking the public if the automaker should build a road-going version. Last last month, we got our best look yet at the 2024 Ford Mustang GT3, which is just one of several new pony car racing machines in the pipeline. Now, after more than a year of impatiently awaiting its arrival, the new GT3 has finally made its official debut.
The 2024 Ford Mustang GT3 is – as is the case with the rest of these new racers – based on the road-going, lineup-topping Dark Horse, and is making its debut just ahead of the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is great timing because the GT3 will compete in next year’s installment of the iconic race – where FoMoCo last claimed victory in the Ford GT back in 2016 – as well as other stops on the FIA GT3 circuit. Wearing a distinctive, colorful livery created by famed motorsport designer Troy Lee, it certainly stands out from the pack.
Ford teamed up with longtime partners Multimatic and M-Sport to create the new Mustang GT3, which is powered by a fortified and enlarged version of the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote, in this guise displacing 5.4 liters. It sends power to a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox, while a bespoke short-long arm suspension resides beneath carbon fiber bodywork and a unique aero package.
Before it heads to Le Mans next year, the 2024 Ford Mustang GT3 will compete in a number of other GT3 races across the globe, piloted by a number of customer teams – starting with Proton Competition, which is based out of Ehingen, Germany and will enter a pair of pony cars in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship. Additionally, Ford Performance will field a two-car factory race program with the Mustang GT3 in the IMSA GTD Pro class, an effort that will be managed by Multimatic starting with the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“Ford and Le Mans are bound together by history. And now we’re coming back to the most dramatic, most rewarding and most important race in the world,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley. “It is not Ford versus Ferrari anymore. It is Ford versus everyone. Going back to Le Mans is the beginning of building a global motorsports business with Mustang, just like we are doing with Bronco and Raptor off-road.”