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Ford Mustang GT4: Racing Pony beats new highway automobile to Australia

The Ford Mustang GT4 will make its first race begin in Australia at Phillip Island this weekend – although locals have to carry their horses for one more few months earlier than the highway automobile arrives.

Ford has renamed the April 12-14 occasion Shannons SpeedSeries spherical to the Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island, celebrating – you guessed it – the sixtieth anniversary of the enduring pony automobile’s unveiling on the World’s Honest in New York.

Whereas the model’s US division will launch a particular version mannequin to mark the event on April 17, Australian followers of the Mustang can collect at Phillip Island to not solely see the GT4 automobile compete within the Monochrome GT4 Australia championship however expertise off-track exhibitions celebrating the well-known nameplate.

No members of the general public will likely be turning up within the newest seventh-generation Ford Mustang nevertheless, with native deliveries nonetheless not underway regardless of the mannequin’s world reveal in September 2022. Ford Australia most lately pushed again its arrival to the second half of 2024. 

The Ford Mustang GT4 is being campaigned by Miedecke Motorsport, with 2024 Bathurst 6 Hour winner George Miedecke driving alongside 17-year-old Rylan Grey – who’s racing within the Super2 Championship for Tickford Racing in a Mustang Supercar.

Not like the Mustangs competing within the Supercars Championship – that are constructed from a bespoke, management chassis with minimal elements from the highway automobile carrying throughout – the GT4 racer makes use of the platform from its mass-production counterpart, albeit with main modifications.

These embrace a racing roll cage, a paddle-shift sequential transmission, adjustable dampers, an enormous entrance splitter and rear wing plus light-weight physique panels.

One requirement for GT4 automobiles is that they have to make use of the engine present in manufacturing examples, that means the new-generation Mustang’s 5.0-litre Coyote V8 carries throughout – although it’s not recognized whether or not the 373kW and 567Nm outputs from the US-delivered Darkish Horse variant are modified.

The entry listing for the spherical is but to be finalised, although different GT4 entries from prior occasions embrace the McLaren Artura, Mercedes-AMG GT and BMW M4, amongst others.

Whereas the Ford Mustang skilled success straight off the bat when it arrived in Supercars in 2019 – taking each the 2019 and 2020 titles with Scott McLaughlin and Dick Johnson Racing Crew Penske – the nameplate has struggled to realize wins because the sport moved to its new Gen3 laws in 2023.

A distinction in technical parity between the Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro final yr noticed Ford’s challenger win simply six out of 28 races, and the model’s groups are but to see the chequered flag first in 2024.

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