Friday, June 9, 2023 Philip Presser
Ford will make its official debut in the GT3 class next year, while the Ford Mustang GT3 will take on the challenge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2024. The announcement was made within 24 hours by US company officials this morning. Le Mans Paddock. Ford’s last win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans dates back to 2016 with a Ford GT in the GTE Pro class.
“Ford and Le Mans are linked by history. Now we return to one of the world’s most special, rewarding and important races. It’s no longer Ford versus Ferrari. It’s Ford against everybody. We’re just the beginning of building a global motorsports business with the Mustang, just like the off-road Bronco and Raptor.” Returning to Le Mans,” said Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley.
However, Ford did not return to the prototype class (Hypercar / GTP) aiming for overall success in the WEC, Le Mans and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar. But GT3 cars on the other hand are the stars of other major events such as the 24 Hours of Spa, the Nürburgring or the GT World Challenge Series.
The Mustang GT3, based on the all-new 2024 Mustang Dark Horse, features a new look by Troy Lee, recognized as one of the world’s foremost motorsport designers. This Mustang GT3 marks Lee’s first foray into competition with Ford. To coincide with the launch, Ford is unveiling a new global Ford Performance branding; A clean, streamlined look will now feature on all its racing vehicles.
The arrival of the Mustang GT3 allowed Ford Performance to extend its relationship with two long-time partners, Canadian company Multimatic and M-Sport. Multimatic, which already built the iconic Ford GT, will build and support the Mustang GT3 entry, while Ford’s long-time World Rally Championship (WRC) partner and two-time WRC winner M-Sport will assemble the competing cars. WEC.
Ford developed a 5.4 liter V8 engine for this GT3. “For a project like the Mustang GT3, we turned to two of our most trusted partners in motorsport to help us put this project together,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “I know we will all be as excited as Ford fans when the Mustang GT begins racing at the highest levels of racing in 2024,” he added.
The first team to enter Ford Mustang GT3s was also announced this morning: Proton Competition. The German team, which has produced numerous Porsche 911 RSRs over the years (driven by Québéser Zach Robichon, will compete in its second 24 Hours of Le Mans with the female trio Iron Dames or even actor Michael Fassbender. Weekend) will represent the brand in the WEC with two cars. “This is a very important event and an exciting time for our company,” said Proton Racing Team Principal Christian Wright. “The Mustang is an automotive icon and this is an important milestone for our team. We look forward to joining Ford from 2024,” he added.
Ford Performance will begin an official program next year with two Mustang GT3s in IMSA’s GTD Pro division. The entry will be managed by Multimatic Motorsports and will debut as part of the upcoming 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2024.
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