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S650 2024 Ford Mustang Pace Car for the NOCO 400 at the Martinsville Speedway

The seventh-generation, S650 2024 Ford Mustang GT is set to make its NASCAR pace car debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. The pace car spec in particular isa Grabber Blue S650 Mustang GT featuring a light bar and custom Ford Performance and Mustang exterior graphics.

Details On The S650 Ford Mustang GT NASCAR Pace Car

Along with Martinsville, the 2024 Ford Mustang is scheduled to pace seven races 2023.The other NASCAR races include: Talladega (April 21-23), Dover (April 29-30), Darlington (May12-14), Nashville (June 23-25), Chicago (June 30-July 2) and the annual Labor Day Weekend at Darlington (Sept. 1-3).

seventh-generation S650 2024 Ford Mustang Pace Car for the NOCO 400 at the Martinsville Speedway

“We’ve had great success racing Mustang globally, including winning last year’s NASCAR championship,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “Racing leads to better products, and seeing the all-new Mustang GT setting the pace at NASCAR make this connection even stronger with our customers and fans.”

The available active-valve performance exhaust system enables the fourth-generation 5.0L Coyote V8 engine in the Mustang GT to deliver 486 horsepower and 418 lb-ft of torque. Without the bi-valve exhaust, which adjusts the sound levels of the engine electronically based on the driving mode selected, the Mustang GT has 480 hp and 415 lb-ft. Power output is the same regardless if the customer chooses a manual or automatic transmission.

seventh-generation S650 2024 Ford Mustang Pace Car for the NOCO 400 at the Martinsville Speedway

The fourth-generation Coyote V8 features a segment-first, dual intake and dual throttle body induction system that’s matched with structural improvements and upgraded oil pan. This helps minimize induction loss by enabling higher air flow rates. For those that want more power from the 5.0L DOHC V8, the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse officially punches out 500 horsepower, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated muscle car one can buy. And by the end of 2024, it will be the only new V8 muscle car on the market. RIP Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chevrolet Camaro.

When it comes to racing the Ford Mustang in NASCAR, Michigan-born Brad Keselowski leads all active Ford drivers with two NASCAR Cup Series wins at Martinsville, while defending champion Joey Logano has one victory and five poles. Overall, Ford has registered 30 all-time victories at the half-mile paperclip-shaped oval, which began hosting NASCAR races in 1949.

seventh-generation S650 2024 Ford Mustang Pace Car for the NOCO 400 at the Martinsville Speedway

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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