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Just Ahead Of The 24 Hours Of Spa

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Ford Performance has competed in SRO GT4 racing with the Mustang since 2017. This means that the roar of a Coyote V8 has been heard by crowds all over the world. And keeping with that global tradition, the new S650 Mustang GT4 has officially debuted today, just ahead of the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in eastern Belgium, referred to many as one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world.

The new GT4 race car is based around the first-ever 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse, as is the mightier Mustang GT3 (pictured next to it). Tying things together further is a livery from Troy Lee Designs, who also did the reveal liveries for the Mustang GT3 and all-electric SuperVan 4.2.

S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT4 Race Car SRO IMSA SCCA GT Sports Car Muscle Car WEC race car

“The Mustang GT4 is a key member of our motorsports lineup,” said Global Director Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports. “It’s placement between the Mustang GT3 and soon-to-be-unveiled Mustang Dark Horse R keeps the brand in competition at all levels of on-track performance and is an important part of our customer racing program. With this new version, based off the seventh generation’s new Dark Horse model, we’ve upped the game and are ready to challenge an entire world of competitors.”

Continued Ford-Multimatic Partnership

Ford Performance has trusted Multimatic Motorsports with a lot, and will continue to do so with the new Mustang GT4 race car. The Ontario-based company will build each and every Mustang GT4, just as it will the GT3 car, and the Ford Bronco DR, now that it’s no longer building the mighty Ford GT supercar. Meanwhile, the Ford Coyote-based V8 race engines in the Mustang GT4, developed fully in-house by Ford Performance, will be assembled by Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT4 Race Car SRO IMSA SCCA GT Sports Car Muscle Car WEC

“We’re proud to work with so many great partners on these race vehicle programs, said Christian Hertrich, Motorsports powertrain manager, Ford Performance. “It’s also special to be able to do all of the engine work for the Mustang GT4 fully in-house. We’ve got a great team, and I’m excited for Mustang fans to see the Mustang GT4 in action.”

The Mustang GT4 race car also features Multimatic DSSV dampers, a Holinger dog-ring gearbox, paddle shifters with pneumatic actuation, natural fiber composite body panels, as well as a unique aero package developed to meet GT4 category targets.

Racers and teams interested in acquiring a Mustang GT4 can start their ordering process through Ford Performance here.

More S650 Ford Mustang Race Cars On The Way

As teased during the September 2022 reveal of the new 2024 S650 Ford Mustang, there are several more race cars beyond the Australian Supercar, GT3, and GT4 cars that have yet to debut. These include the upcoming Mustang Dark Horse R, Dark Horse S, as well as a new NHRA dragster and NASCAR stock car.

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Image via Ford.

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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