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S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 Sebring Raceway IMSA WEC Le Mans

Shortly after Ford Performance released a teaser image of the upcoming S650 Mustang Dark Horse GT3 race car, CEO Jim Farley posted a video of the 2024 race car absolutely sending it around Sebring International Raceway in Florida. Images were also published that captured the three days of testing that recently finished this week. Also joining the testing session was its chief rival: the Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R, as well as the Toyota’s GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercar.

An on-site source at Sebring Raceway got a close-up look at the S650 Ford Mustang GT3 race car described it as “so f*cking sick,” and “properly insane,” emphasizing the side pipes and American flag on the roof. Allegedly, the new Mustang race car was only pushing its M-Sport built Coyote V8-based racing engine to no more than 6,500 RPM during testing. Despite the car already sounding ferocious in the public video, there’s likely plenty more where that came from. Drivers reported to be involved in the program include former Ford GT racing driver Joey Hand and Porsche factory driver Harry Tincknell.

The S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 program is said to be headquartered at the Mulitmatic Motorsports facility in Mooresville, North Carolina. It will fully debut later this summer, and will take to racing starting the 2024 season in both IMSA here in North America and the WEC which is primarily in Europe. That means it will participate in grueling endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of Spa, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 IMSA WEC Le Mans Sebring Daytona Race Car New

Before finalizing the S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 program, Ford was reportedly pursuing a top-class LMDh Hypercar program that would have put it in direct contention with Cadillac, Porsche, Toyota and others. But they went bigger, and chose to announce a partnership with Red Bull in Formula 1 instead.

As mentioned, the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse name will be found in various racing leagues all over the globe. This includes Australia’s Supercars, NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, FIA GT4 class racing, as well as an exclusive Dark Horse spec series. Ford Performance will sell customers turn-key track cars in the form of the Mustang Dark Horse S and Mustang Dark Horse R, as well. Multimatic, no longer building the Ford GT supercar, will construct these machines one-by-one, along with the Ford Bronco DR race truck that well-heeled customers can also buy.

S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 Sebring Raceway IMSA WEC Le Mans

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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