The debut of the all-new S650-generation 2024 Ford Mustang was one that was also accompanied by the dawn of a new range-topping variant – the Dark Horse – and a major motorsports push encompassing several series. FoMoCo is focusing on a wide array of challenges all over the globe – save for prototype racing, at least – and all of those aforementioned racers are V8-powered as well. Turns out, that will remain the plan going forward, as the four-cylinder-powered Ford Mustang EcoBoost won’t be part of this motorsports push, as Jim Owens, Ford Mustang GTD brand manager, recently explained to The Drive.
“We raced the EcoBoost in the [Ford] GT, but from a Mustang standpoint, we’re focusing on what we have now – GT3, GT4, Dark Horse R – only the V8s,” Owens revealed during this past weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race, where the GT3 and GT4 debuted. “Mustang is the most raced vehicle that we have at Ford, starting in 1901. It’s currently racing on five continents and racing is part of its DNA. Racing helps the Mustang globally and has helped it become the best-selling sports coupe over the last two years running.”
While the Ford Mustang EcoBoost has found success in various motorsports entities over the years, it seems as if Ford doesn’t plan to expand its stable to include that particular model, given Owen’s comments. It is worth noting that the Mustang EcoBoost is eligible for IMSA competition, but it makes sense that Ford would want to simply stick with V8 power across its entire motorsports division, regardless, rather than fielding cars with different cylinder counts.
This is obviously good news for V8 fans, and as Ford Authority reported back in July 2023, the automaker doesn’t plan on ditching that particular type of engine anytime soon, either. “As long as we can [offer a V8], we will,” Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance, said at that time. Rushbrook added that The Blue Oval has “not identified an end date” for the V8 engine in general, and even noted that the automaker could develop a next-generation version of the Coyote powerplant, “depending on where the regulations go.”