The current generation Mustang is aiming to go from just America’s pony car to a global sportscar fighter. Nothing illustrates this more than the yesterday’s reveal of the Mustang GT4. The Mustang GT4 replaces the strictly North American Mustang GT350R/C. The GT4 is in response to the 2 major North American Sportscar Racing series adopting a more global rulebook. A rulebook that has seen major success with the full adoptation of FIA GT3 regulations. PWC and IMSA have allowed slightly modified GT4 machinery in recent seasons and are prepared to adopt full GT4 spec this upcoming seasons. While the outgoing GT350R/C was a major success it was pigeon holed into North America. It was intelligible to compete in any of the global championship races. With the full adaptation of the GT4 regulations the mustang is now available to race anywhere GT4 is used. The Blancpain Series, Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hour races and Bathurst 12 hour all utilize GT4 machinery. The fact that the Mustang is now eligible for these races/championships is very exciting news.
“As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence,” explained Ford Performance global director David Pericak. “The Mustang GT4 is equipped to compete and win on tracks around the globe, and we expect it to be as popular with racers as its production sibling is with consumers.”
The Mustang GT4 features a next generation, naturally aspirated 5.2L V8 racing engine specifically tuned for demands of GT4 competition. The engine was engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.
The engine is mated to a compact, lightweight, six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission. The Holinger transmission is a proven commodity, providing the durability demands. The direct-pneumatic activation allows for fast, positive and consistent gear shifts. The engine gets the power to the transmission via a ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.
The Mustang GT4 uses a wing that was developed using lessons learned from the Ford GT racing program. In addition it features other advanced aero including a front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser. The Mustang GT4 carries a full FIA-compliant roll cage and race-oriented dash logger from MoTeC.
The suspension has also received advanced enhancements, including:
- Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic for advanced predictability, accuracy, repeatability and ultimate vehicle control
- Rear lower control arms (designed specifically for coil-over springs) and front/rear stabilizer bars from Multimatic
- Lightweight 18” x 11” forged alloy wheels from Forgeline
- Rotors and six-piston calipers from Brembo
The Mustang GT4 will be originally competing Domestically initially. Ford wants to continue to globalize the Mustang name so do not be surprised if you see international sales sooner rather than later.