Ford pulled the cover off of its first-ever Ford Mustang racer slated for participation in the world’s GT3 series back in June. Thanks to the team at Dinamic GT over in Italy, we have a chance to see how one of those pony cars fares around the Misano World Circuit in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
Based on the road-going Mustang Dark Horse model, the Mustang GT3 racer is aimed right at the Ferrari 296 GT3, Porsche GT3 Cup, and Corvette Z06 GT3.R. This particular Mustang GT3 is slated for competition in the 2024 GT World Challenge Europe season. Dinamic GT is one of the first teams we’ve seen get their hands on the new racer, with Ford previously announcing that Proton Competition would be running the car in the LMGT3 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Multimatic, who is responsible for constructing these machines for the Blue Oval, will also race a pair of Mustang GT3s in the IMSA GTD Pro series for 2024. Expect to see the first racer hit the track for real during the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.
At the heart of the Mustang GT3 sits a modified variant of the Coyote V-8, which measures in at 5.4 liters. Built by Ford’s WRC partner M-Sport, the engine should provide in the neighborhood of 500 hp after balance of performance regs come into play. A six-speed sequential XTrac transaxle puts that power to the ground, mounted in the rear for better weight distribution. The powertrain provides a wonderful soundtrack to the video by
Italiansupercarvideo, though it’s not quite the crack of thunder provided by the racing Corvettes of old. It’s hard to tell just how performant the car actually is when it is alone on an empty track, but the GT3 doesn't look slow to these eyes. In fact, there’s something pretty special about seeing a new Mustang-shaped racing car at speed on the track. Next year is going to bring some awesome racing for Mustang fans, regardless of which flavor of GT3 racing you’re into.
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