In the midst of a motorsports renaissance of sorts, The Blue Oval has revealed a slew of Ford Mustang Dark Horse-based racers in recent weeks, including the GT3, GT4, and Dark Horse R, with the Dark Horse S set to be unveiled soon, too. The automaker is even launching its own one-make IMSA racing series called the Mustang Challenge next year, which will focus on the Dark Horse R, a machine that’s a bit less hardcore than the Ford Mustang GT3 and GT4. Regardless, both of the latter models are reportedly facing tremendous demand that has exceeded FoMoCo’s expectations thus far, as Ford Performance global director Mark Rushbrook recently explained to Daily Sports Car.
“All the cars are sold through our partner Multimatic,” Rushbrook said. “We don’t know how many we will sell in total, but at this point, we are only limited by how fast we can build them. We have more orders than we can build initially, but we know we want to be building these cars for the next three to five years. We have a waiting list. We have teams wanting to buy three to four Dark Horse Rs for the one-make series already too, and GT4s to go alongside them.”
“It’s exciting that our expectations have been exceeded already, but we want to satisfy our customers,” Rushbrook added. “It’s important to remember that these cars start in the same assembly plant as every road-going Mustang. They all come out of the Flat Rock assembly plant as a body, some get built into road cars, and others will be built up as race cars. Beyond that we are having to ramp up engineering and parts support too. Globally we want to support every customer in this way, and even provide access to our simulators to help them prepare for their racing.”
While Ford hasn’t yet revealed pricing for its GT3 or GT4 racers (the Dark Horse R starts out at $145,000) the fact that those models are rumored to cost around the same as their rivals from Ferrari, as well as the Corvette, apparently hasn’t quelled interest in them, either. “No. The market is there,” Rushbrook said. “We will sell cars to racers and collectors, though we will prioritize anyone who wants to compete on track.”