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Ahead Of The 24 Hours Of Spa

Ford Performance Racing Motorsports S650 Mustang Dark Horse GT4 Race Car IMSA SRO WEC 24 Hours of Spa Le Mans Nurburgring
Image via Ford Performance.

If you’re tired of the vapid audiences and predictable racing of Formula 1, there’s good news. You don’t have to watch it. In fact, if you’re seeking out a superior motorsports product, look no further than the several sports car racing leagues happening around the world. We see thrilling multi-class racing here in North America with IMSA (Daytona 24 Hour, Sebring 12 Hour), globally with WEC (24 Hours of Le Mans, 6 Hours of Fuji), as well as SRO (Bathurst 12 Hour, 24 Hours of Spa). There are plenty more cars — ones that are actually based on what you can drive home − all sorts of different engineering techniques (such as a mid-engine twin-turbo V6 Ferrari taking on a Lexus with a front-engined V8), and hours and hours of more racing for your price of admission. Now, are there yacht parties festooned with A-list celebrities and Instagram models trying to get close to a race-winning driver. No, not so much. But you shouldn’t care about that. You should care about the new race cars entering the fray, such as the upcoming S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT4.

You’re probably thinking “hey, Ford already revealed the new Mustang race car!” And yes, they did. They also didn’t.

The S650 Ford Mustang GT3 race car.

What we saw revealed ahead of the 2024 Hours of Le Mans earlier this month was the new Ford Mustang GT3 race car, which is intended for customer teams seeking to compete in top-tier sports car racing all over the world. Beneath that, however, will be the S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT4, which will debut just ahead of the Crowdstrike 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which is an SRO event.

While details are slim, the S650 Ford Mustang GT4 is expected to compete in support series racing such as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, as well as SRO racing. It’s also expected to bear closer resemblance to the Ford Mustang Dark Horse road car compared to the GT3 car, and is still expected to feature a front-engined Coyote V8 engine that will have to outshout the V8 engines from the Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and McLaren race cars it’s going to compete with.

Immediately, we can see very distinct differences between the GT3 car (pictured: above) and the GT4 teaser image (pictured: top). They include different lights, dive planes, front splitters, wheels, and tires. The GT4 Mustang also features the unique “eye shadow” calling card that will be on all production Dark Horse models. It’s likely to bear very strong resemblance to the previous teaser image just below.

Watch this space on Wednesday, June 28 for more details on the upcoming S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse GT4.

S650 New Ford Mustang GT4 Dark Horse S R IMSA GT4 WEC Race Car
Image via Ford Performance.

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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