When take a story about race car, we have to remember that one of the American automaker, in this case “Ford” has race car too. This automaker has a good track record for Ford Mustang. As far I know, the most legends car is Mustang Boss 302 and Mustang Shelby GT350R. Recently, Ford launches a Ford Mustang GT4 race car at SEMA show in Las Vegas. This car will be designed only for entry-level professional racing just like famous in Europe, and making a new breakthrough in the US. The Ford Mustang GT4 is the new modification from the version of Mustang, and it’s not a new built-in car from scratch. The design is not far different from regular Mustang, because not change on bodywork.
As We know for Mustang Shelby GT350R-C which is won in the IMSA IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the new Ford Mustang GT4 is allowed to follow European GT4, the Pirelli World Challenge GTS and the Grand Sport class of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The Ford Mustang GT4 race car will be launched for the 2017. According to the news, this car will compete with other race car such as Porsche Cayman, McLaren 570S, Chevrolet Camaro, BMW M4 and Aston Martin Vantage.
Let’s breakdown for Mustang GT4 specs. We will starting for design inside and outside. The Mustang GT4 more aggresive look and enhance aerodynamic features. Because based on the Mustang Shelby GT350R-C. At the front, the bumper is unique, but meet the criteria of IMSA vehicle in all aspects. The Mustang GT4 body kit, featured with aerofins at every corner. We can see the bonnet is showing a different look, equipped with sporting large vents. At the back, equipped with larger wing shape to improve aerodynamics and downforce the car. The GT4 is coloured with dark-grey, white and blue accents suitable for Ford and Performance logos. For the inside, because based on the Mustang Shelby GT350, the GT4 is ready for racing style to meet FIA-compliant. This car also equipped with an antilock-braking controller, Motec dash logger and motorsports engine control. In addition, the car is using lightweight door panels, new digital display, sparco drive seat and modified of steering wheel that wrapped in Alcantara.
To meet the IMSA race car and standard Mustang Shelby GT350, the Ford Mustang GT4 utilize 5.2-liter V8 engine. It’s first production of V8 that utilize flat-plane crankshaft. And for engine, it’s using Blue Oval that created from 2016. Furthermore, this car comes with 526-Mustang GT4 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The Ford Mustang GT4 race car is equipped with 6-speed Holinger transmission with paddle shifter and chassis modification developed by Multimatic Motorsports. This is includes a stabilizer bars, lower rear control arms and dampers.
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The Ford Mustang GT4 price is approximately $100,000+. It corresponds to the specification and design, and also higher than predecessors. As the stated by Mark Rushbrook, Motorsports Engineering manager, that the new Ford Mustang GT4 race car : “The new Mustang is a global vehicle. Now, its growing fan base has a GT4 competition model to race and support around the globe.”