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Ford Mustang GT3 Debuts Ahead Of Competing At Le Mans In 2024

10 Jun 2023
  • What are the design features and powertrain of the GT3?
  • What does the interior look like?
  • Why is Ford entering the Race?

In a thrilling announcement that has left car enthusiasts around the world buzzing with excitement, Ford has unveiled its latest beast on wheels: the Ford Mustang GT3. This high-performance racing machine is set to make its debut appearance at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024, marking a significant milestone in the iconic Mustang's racing legacy.

The journey of the Mustang GT3 began with the release of the limited-edition Mustang Dark Horse, a formidable road-going model that showcased the raw power and aggressive styling synonymous with the Mustang brand. Building upon the solid foundation of the Dark Horse, Ford's racing division embarked on a mission to transform this potent street-legal machine into a track-dominating force.

Mustang GT3 powertrain and design

Mustang GT3 powertrain and design

One glance at the Mustang GT3 is all it takes to realize that this is a machine born for the track. Its aerodynamic bodywork, featuring an aggressive front splitter, side skirts, and a towering rear wing, is designed to slice through the air with minimal resistance. The widened fenders house lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance racing tires, providing exceptional grip and stability in even the most challenging corners.

Under the hood, the Mustang GT3 boasts a specially tuned version of Ford's renowned 5.4-liter V8 engine, delivering an awe-inspiring amount of power. Paired with a sequential gearbox and a meticulously calibrated suspension system, this racing thoroughbred is capable of blistering acceleration and precise handling, ensuring that it remains a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack.

Inside the Mustang GT3

Inside the Mustang GT3

Inside the cabin, the Mustang GT3 is a haven for the driver. Stripped down to its essentials, it features a lightweight racing seat, a custom steering wheel with integrated controls, and a comprehensive array of data displays to provide real-time information on the car's performance. Every aspect of the interior is designed to minimize distractions and maximize the driver's focus, allowing them to extract every ounce of performance from this track-oriented machine.

Ford into the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ford  into the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ford's decision to enter the Mustang GT3 into the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans reflects the brand's commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and showcasing its racing pedigree on a global stage. With a rich heritage in motorsports, including legendary victories at Le Mans in the past, Ford aims to continue its winning legacy with the Mustang GT3.

As the countdown to the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans begins, anticipation for the Ford Mustang GT3's racing debut reaches fever pitch. The sight and sound of this mighty racing machine tearing through the hallowed tarmac of Le Mans will undoubtedly be a spectacle to behold. Ford fans and motorsport enthusiasts alike eagerly await the moment when the Mustang GT3 unleashes its untamed power and takes on the grueling challenge of Le Mans.

In the world of motorsports, the Ford Mustang GT3 is a true embodiment of the spirit of competition, performance, and the pursuit of victory. With its menacing presence, exhilarating performance, and the iconic Mustang heritage coursing through its veins, the Mustang GT3 is ready to make its mark on the hallowed grounds of Le Mans and solidify its status as a force to be reckoned with in the world of endurance racing.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

Italian Government Pressures Alfa Romeo to Rename Milano SUV to 'Junior'

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Auto China 2024 and beyond: Mercedes-Benz to showcase its focus on China with new products and localised developments

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At and around Auto China 2024, Mercedes Benz underlines its commitment to delivering dedicated products and technologies to Chinese customers. As the largest single automotive market in the world, China plays an important role in the long-term strategy of Mercedes Benz. Running up to the show, the company will maintain its leadership position in this market, headlined by the world premiere of the all-new electric Mercedes Benz G Class.

China is home to the company’s largest production site and the most comprehensive R&D hub outside Germany, playing a significant role in Mercedes Benz’s global R&D network. In recent years, Mercedes Benz strengthened its R&D capabilities in China, particularly in electrification and digitalisation. In 2021, the company opened the new R&D Tech Centre China in Beijing, equipped with state-of-the-art testing labs, including E drive, battery, charging, NVH, and more. In 2022, Mercedes Benz established the new R&D Centre Shanghai, focusing on connectivity, automated driving, plus software and hardware development. This April, a new building will be added with advanced hardware and software facilities designed to accelerate local development in cutting-edge digital innovations. Besides the R&D Centre, the existing Design Centre will continue to promote the digital dimension in Mercedes Benz designs.

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

16 Apr 2024
Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.