“The mustang is the best-selling sports coupe in the world but we never thought of it as a racing icon,” says Jim Farley, president and chief executive of Ford Motor Company, as he unveils the Mustang GTD in his personal garage in Monterey, California.
Inspired by the Mustang GT3, the GTD targets 800+ horsepower with a 5.2-liter dry sump V8 supercharged, dual-clutch, high-torque capacity transaxle on the back. With a 50/50 weight distribution, dual air inlets, ceramic brakes, titanium exhaust, magnesium wheels and extensive carbon fiber throughout the whole car, this is, as Farley says, “like no Mustang ever.”
The GTD was designed and engineered as a collaboration between Ford and Multimatic, a Canadian corporation that supplies components, systems and engineering services to the automotive industry, who also helped to develop the Mustang GT3, Mustang GT4 and Le Mans-winning Ford GT.
With the Mustang GTD built to be the quickest roadgoing and highest horsepower (street-legal) Mustang ever, the Ford Motor Company intends on blurring the lines between road and track. The Michigan-based automaker has every intention of returning to Le Mans next year, and winning. The evening before the start of Monterey Car Week, Farley made clear his expectations for the “pinnacle” of the Mustang family.
“We’re throwing down the gauntlet and saying, ‘Come and get it.’ We’re comfortable putting everybody else on notice. I’ll take track time in a Mustang GTD against any other auto boss in their best road car,” he says.
To bring the vehicle to completion, Ford brought several teams together, including the Mustang GT3 designers and the aerodynamics team. The result is taut and chiseled, as if the sportscar hit the gym. In a way it did, purpose built to win an endurance race.
The vented hood exaggerates the familiar line, while the optional C-pillar mounted to the hydraulically controlled active rear wing allows the eye to travel over the roof and down the long, low rear. The interior remains in development however Ford had said that the cockpit will feature Miko suede paired with leather and carbon fiber, RECARO seats and available 3D-printed titanium paddle shifters, rotary dial shifter and serial plate, all of which are made from retired Lockheed Martin F-22TM titanium parts.
Production of Mustang GTD will be limited, and pricing is expected to begin at approximately $300,000. Mustang GTD will be available in late 2024, early 2025.