November 07, 2016 @ 06:04 PM

The all-new Mustang GT4 race car takes centre stage at SEMA 2016

Mow down laptimes, not people with this turnkey racecar developed to compete in GT4 series globally

Okay, maybe that opening line is a tad of a bad joke. But the poor ol’ Mustang has been receiving a bad reputation, namely due to owners showing off while leaving car meets and ending up losing control of their prized stallion. But now, the Mustang can finally show its real potential as Ford Performance took the covers off their new and track-ready Mustang GT4.


Getting inspiration from the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that took the crown at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship last month, this new turnkey race car was unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The car was jointly engineered by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports and designed to take part in GT4 races around the world, including races like the GT4 European Series.


“As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsports presence. The Mustang GT4 is equipped to compete and win on tracks around the globe, and we expect it to be as popular with racers as its production sibling is with consumers,” said David Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance.


Enough with the chit chat, let us dive into the technical details of this race-ready Mustang. Underneath the hood lies a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V8 racing engine, engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in collaboration with Roush Yates Engines. Mated to a lightweight, six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission for fast and consistent gearshifts, the GT4 also comes with a dry sump oiling system, ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.


As for the chassis, the Mustang GT4 features Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers for total vehicle control, rear lower control arms, and front/rear stabiliser bars, all from Multimatic. Hiding behind the lightweight Forgeline forged alloys are rotors and six-piston calipers from none other than Brembo to provide the necessary stopping power for this Mustang.


The Mustang GT4 might not look as menacing as GT3 race machines, but it does come with a rear wing, front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser to help it slice through the air and keeping it planted on the track. The driver is kept safe by the FIA-compliant roll cage and it also features a race oriented dash-logger from MoTec. 

 

Hussein Zain

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