Along with the debut of the all-new S650 generation 2024 Ford Mustang last September, The Blue Oval also announced that it was set to embark on a big-time motorsports push with a host of Dark Horse-based racers – the Dark Horse S, Dark Horse R, GT3, and GT4. The GT3 debuted in June packing a special version of the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote powerplant that displaces 5.4 liters, and a few weeks later, The Blue Oval pulled the covers of the all-new Ford Mustang GT4 racer as well, which it said – at the time – would make its SRO-sanctioned GT4 category debut in 2024. However, we might see the new GT4 as early as this year, according to Ford Performance global motorsports director Mark Rushbrook.
“It will be homologated before the end of the year and we’ll get a lot of these [cars] out there,” Rushbrook told Sportscar365 in a recent interview. “These are a lot easier and faster to build than the GT3. So we’ll have a lot of these racing in 2024. But we don’t have a firm target. The plan is Daytona but I would not rule out earlier. If there’s an opportunity, why not? But our plan is Daytona. There’s a lot of opportunities.”
Rushbrook left open the possibility that we might see the Ford Mustang GT4 – at least in a “test” race – by the end of this season, but many more will follow, as the Ford Performance head confirmed that the automaker plans to have 30-50 cars in customer hands by next year. Based on homologation, the GT4 could debut in either Europe or North America prior to that, however, and will likely wind up in a variety of places around the globe, ultimately.
“It’s strictly up to the customers,” Rushbrook said in regards to where the Ford Mustang GT4 will race in 2024. “We’re a family company so partners and teams that have been racing our current Mustang GT4, we’re certainly going to try to get them some of the early ones so they can continue or make that transition.”