- The Ford Mustang GT4 debuted at the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, with the entry-level race car sitting below the GT3 that will compete at Le Mans next year.
- The GT4 is dialed back compared to the GT3, but it’s still an extreme track car with its massive rear wing, stripped-down interior and lightweight body.
- Developed with Multimatic, the GT4 packs the Coyote-based 5.0-liter V-8 found in the factory Ford Mustang.
The seventh generation Ford Mustang has motorsport in its blood. When Ford first revealed the 2024 Mustang, it also teased a series of race cars based on V-8-powered muscle cars—from Dark Horse R track toys to NHRA drag racers. Now, Ford has taken full ownership of the Mustang GT4 at the 24 Hours of Spa, which will serve as an entry-level vehicle for drivers looking to hone their skills in wheel-to-wheel competition.
The reveal of the GT4 comes shortly after the launch of the Mustang GT3 earlier this month. The GT4 features the same bright orange, red and purple colors as the new simplified Ford Performance logo, a look also echoed on the SuperVan 4.2 that recently competed in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Based on Dark Horse, the GT4 slots between the Dark Horse R (which will be fully revealed soon) and the GT3 in Ford’s motorsport lineup. GT4 cars produce less power and less downforce than the GT3 category.
The car qualifies for the SRO-sanctioned GT4 category, which includes GT4-specific series in Europe and America as well as eligibility for a mixed field of GT3 and GT4 in leagues such as the British GT Championship. Meanwhile, the GT3 could run in more prestigious series such as the World Endurance Championship, where Ford will enter a GT3 into next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. While GT3 will be run by factory-backed teams in IMSA’s GTD Pro class, GT4 cars are exclusive to customer teams. Ford first entered GT4 racing with the Mustang in 2017.
Ford worked closely with Canadian engineering specialist Multimatic—responsible for assembling the latest Ford GT and developing many special edition Aston Martins like the Valkyrie—on the GT4. Under the hood sits a Coyote-based V-8 that has been tuned for motorsports and developed in-house by Ford Performance. It will also be built by Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, but Ford did not provide any other engine specifications.
The GT4 features Multimatic spool valve dampers and reduced weight thanks to bodywork made from natural fibers. Shifting is handled by a Holinger dog-ring gearbox with paddle shifters with pneumatic actuation, while the aerodynamics are specially designed for the GT4 category. The GT4 still has a large rear wing that grows out of the trunk lid, but the diffuser is much tamer than on the GT3, and there are fewer holes carved into the narrower fenders. The cabin is very similar to the GT3, stripped down to the bare essentials with Recaro racing seats to keep the driver nice and comfortable.
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Caleb Miller started blogging about cars at age 13, and he realized his dream of writing for a car magazine after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and joining Car and Driver team. He loves quirky and obscure cars, aspires to own something outlandish like a Nissan S-Cargo, and is an avid motorsport fan.