The launch of the 2024 S650 Ford Mustang draws closer and closer. More than just a new generation of Mustang road cars, the seventh-generation muscle car also ushers in a new generation of race cars. As such, Ford sent us the following message with an attachment of a very angular teaser image of the all-carbon-fiber body of the S650 Ford Mustang GT3 race car:
Ford Mustang was born to race. The all-new 500 horsepower Mustang Dark Horse, the most track-capable 5.0-liter V8 street-legal Mustang ever, is part of a broader launch of six new racing Mustangs that will compete globally in a variety of series & categories, including GT3. Testing for the global GT3 race car starts this week at Sebring. Keep your eyes peeled!
Keep our eyes peeled, we shall.
The S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT3 is expected to enter IMSA and WEC competition for the 2024 racing season. This means it will go head to head with the C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R in grueling races like the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. It will be powered by a racing version of the fourth-generation 5.0L Coyote V8 engine.
Before finalizing the S650 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.