Ford back in Endurance with the Mustang GT3 from 2024

Ford is back in Endurance with the iconic Mustang in GT3 version, which will be entered in the North American IMSA championship and will make its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2024.

The new Mustang, announced ahead of the 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend, will be a joint program between Ford Performance and longtime collaborator Multimatic Motorsports. They will be present in the GTD Pro class with two cars managed by Multimatic, as well as Mustangs entered by customer teams for the GTD class which will start at Daytona in 2024.

« Mustang was born to race and we’re excited to introduce the GT3 version to compete against the world’s biggest manufacturers, » said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “With 58 years of global endurance racing heritage, including NASCAR and Australian Supercars today, we are ready to take Mustang to the next level of global performance.”

“There is no doubt that Multimatic Motorsports is the perfect partner on this project for us,” continues Rushbrook. « Not only have they worked with us to develop many customer Mustang programs in the past, but their work has shown that together we can deliver championship-level racing programs for Ford and its customers. »

Ford back in Endurance with the Mustang GT3

The new racing Mustang GT3 will be powered by a Ford Performance 5.0-liter « Coyote » V8 engine developed by Ford Performance and built by longtime Blue Oval collaborator M-Sport.

The two organizations have a rich history in the World Rally Championship and recently collaborated in the development and preparation of the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, which made a festival in Monte-Carlo with the victory of Sébastien Loeb, the podium of Craig Breen and Gus Greensmith’s 5th place.

« We are delighted to broaden our relationship with Ford and extend it to the world of racing after 25 years of very successful collaboration in the World Rally Championship, which is once again delivering stunning results with the Puma Hybrid Rally1. « said Malcom Wilson, owner of M-Sport.

« M-Sport has extensive knowledge and expertise in circuit racing, not least through our GT3 program which used a V8 engine developed by M-Sport for the GT3 which propelled us to victory in the 12 Hours of Bathurst in 2020 and the 1000 km of Paul Ricard in 2019. »

“Our most recent engine project saw us become the Official Engine Supplier to the British Touring Car Championship which also uses Ford engine architecture,” added Wilson. “We are very excited to work directly with Ford Performance and Multimatic on the Mustang GT3 and we will work very hard, leaving no stone unturned, as we join forces to fight for more wins across the world. »

Ford and Multimatic will make stock and factory-ready GT3 Mustangs available to teams from the start of the 2024 season. 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of the Ford GT, will be one of the test drivers of the new program, while continuing his role as development driver and coach for Ford Performance. As part of the program, he will also compete in six NASCAR Cup road course races in 2022 driving a Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang.

« It’s great to be behind another amazing sports car racing program with Ford, » Hand said. “As much as I love competing and winning on the track, I love being involved in the development of new race vehicles like this Mustang. We have done a lot of testing with the Ford GT program, so it will be great to work with the same people at Ford and Multimatic as we prepare this car for competition. »

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