Ford’s recent announcement of its return to the 2024 FIA World Endurance GT3 Championship with the Ford Mustang GT3 is undoubtedly the initial stride toward introducing their most potent road-legal creation to date: the Ford Mustang GTD. Text: Luca W. © Images: Ford ©

The outcome is the most high-performance road-legal Ford ever crafted, manufactured in a restricted quantity, all while retaining, as per the Blue Oval’s claim, the inherent essence of the Mustang.

Keeping the Mustang essence: a big, powerful V8

Ford Mustang GTD engine

In contrast to its GT3 counterpart, the Ford Mustang GTD is propelled by a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine (compared to the GT3’s 5.4L), delivering an impressive 800 horsepower (811 PS). While no further technical details about the engine have been disclosed, Ford is evidently pursuing figures for the most elite member of the Mustang family.

Nevertheless, it’s rather implausible that the GTD will exhibit lacklustre performance on the track, given Ford’s pursuit of substantial power. This engine undergoes extensive modifications and is complemented by an array of motorsport enhancements, including a dry sump system, dual air inlets, and a titanium active-valve exhaust setup.

Ford Mustang GTD engine powertrain

But power is not everything

Ford is acutely aware of its storied racing heritage, particularly its triumphs in prestigious events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Drawing from this legacy, the Mustang GTD project underscores the brand’s commitment to producing a highly capable vehicle. The endeavour was initiated with meticulous attention from engineers to ensure the attainment of peak performance. This rigorous pursuit began with a fundamental decision regarding bodywork material: the adoption of carbon fibre. In the current automotive landscape of 2023, the utilization of full carbon fibre bodywork remains predominantly confined to hypercars rather than supercars, emphasizing Ford’s innovative approach.

Ford Mustang GTD carbon fibre

Mustang GTD shatters every preconceived notion of a supercar. This is a new approach for us. We didn’t engineer a road car for the track, we created a race car for the road. Mustang GTD takes racing technology from our Mustang GT3 race car, wraps it in a carbon fiber Mustang body and unleashes it for the street.

Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO

Upon observing the comprehensive design, the contours of the Mustang GTD fluidly incorporate downforce-enhancing elements. These include an expansive active rear wing, a vented bonnet, strategically placed air scoops, a front splitter, and a rear diffuser, collectively contributing to the generation of substantial downforce.

Ford Mustang GTD wind tunnel

The harmonized orchestration of these features presses the 345mm-wide rear tires into the tarmac, thereby refining power transfer to the road. This process is further bolstered by the integration of a carbon fiber driveshaft and an eight-speed gearbox.

Noteworthy is the strategic positioning of the gearbox at the rear, akin to the transaxle layout reminiscent of vehicles like the Porsche 944. This placement serves to optimize weight distribution, gravitating towards a finely balanced 50/50 ratio.

Ford Mustang GTD price and units

Ford has chosen to maintain a shroud of secrecy around the pricing details of the Mustang GTD. Nonetheless, Ford estimation places the anticipated cost at approximately $300,000. The production of this olympian model is expected to be deliberately limited, further heightening its exclusivity.

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