Ford unveils Mustang GT3 at Le Mans

The best-known sports car will compete in the world’s most iconic endurance race in June next year, with Ford confirming its brand new Mustang GT3 will take on the challenge of the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Revealed at the very same track, the Mustang GT3 race car, based on the 2024 Dark Horse variant of the road car, was unveiled to the racing world today, during the centenary celebration on the eve of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Mustang race car boasts a bold, colourful new look from Troy Lee, who is recognised as one of the premier motorsports designers in the world. The also marks confirmation that Ford officially enters the Mustang into the global FIA GT3 category.

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“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,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said.

“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.”

The occasion also marks a number of other milestones, with the launch of new, simplified Ford Performance branding, and the extension of the car maker’s relationship with two long time partners, Multimatic and M-Sport.

The former are of course the renowned builders of the iconic Ford GT, and will help build and support the new Mustang GT3. M-Sport will assemble the Ford Performance-developed 5.4-liter Coyote-based V8 engines that drive this powerful new pony.

The Mustang GT3 race car features a bespoke short-long arm suspension, rear-mounted transaxle gearbox, carbon fibre body panels, and a unique aero package developed to meet GT3 targets.

Before going to Le Mans in 2024, the Mustang GT3 will compete in various GT3 series across the globe in the hands of customer teams. The first customer team, announced today, is Proton Competition (based in Ehingen, Germany).

Proton intends to campaign a pair of Mustang GT3s in the FIA World Endurance Championship, starting in 2024. Ford Performance will also field a two-car factory race program with Mustang GT3 in IMSA’s GTD Pro class.

Racers and teams interested in acquiring a Mustang GT3 to enter into competition can find out more online.

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