Ford going racing with GT4 Mustang

  • Turnkey V8 race car ready for global GT4 series
  • Based on the championship-winning Shelby GT350R
  • Race-proven elements from drive train to suspension

2016 FORD MUSTANG GT4 - Image: Ford Racing

2016 FORD MUSTANG GT4 – Image: Ford Racing

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Ford Performance has revealed an all-new, track-ready, turnkey Mustang race car ready to compete around the globe.

It’s badged Ford Mustang GT4.

The car, unveiled at the 2016 Sema Show in Las Vegas, was designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports-car championship racing globally.

That, Ford US says, includes the GT4 European Series.

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The Mustang GT4, Ford says, puts the car alongside competition such as Porsche and Aston Martin, just as in the hugely popular FIA World Endurance championship in which the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT races against the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, Porsche 911 RSR and Ferrari 488 GTE.

2016 FORD MUSTANG GT4 - Image: Ford Racing
2016 FORD MUSTANG GT4 – Image: Ford Racing

The new car was, the automaker adds, inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that won the IMSA Continental Tyre Sports-Car Challenge in October 2016.

David Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, told The Corner in a media release: “As the Mustang nameplate continues to expand its presence in markets around the world so does our motorsport presence,.

“The GT4 is equipped to win on tracks around the globe and we expect it to be as popular with racers as the production models are with the public.”

SIX-SPEED HOLINGER PADDLE-SHIFTER

The GT4 has non-turbo 5.2-litre V8 race engine tuned for GT4 competition and was, Ford explained, engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.

A light and compact six-speed Holinger paddle-shift transmission, Ford says, “has proven race durability with direct-pneumatic activation for fast, positive and consistent shifts”.

The powertrain also carries a dry sump oiling system and a ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel. (Specifications below.)

2016 FORD MUSTANG GT4 - Image: Ford Racing
2016 FORD MUSTANG GT4 – Image: Ford Racing

     Chassis features on the Mustang GT4 include:

  • Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve shock-absorbers from Multimatic for advanced predictability, accuracy, repeatability and ultimate vehicle control.
  • Rear lower control arms (designed for coil-over springs) and front/rear stabiliser bars from Multimatic.
  • Light 18×11” forged alloy wheel rims from Forgeline.
  • Rotors and six-piston calipers from Brembo.
  • Aerodynamic enhancements that include a rear wing – its design derived from the Ford GT race programme – front splitter, hood-venting, dive planes and rear diffuser..
  • The cabin has an FIA-compliant roll-cage and race-orientated dash logger from MoTeC.
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