MOORESVILLE, NC: Multimatic Motorsports’ association with the iconic Ford Mustang reaches back four decades, and now the introduction of the hotly anticipated seventh-generation pony car, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, heralds a new chapter of the story.
Larry Holt, VP Multimatic Special Vehicles Operations, said: “Ford has made a bold move in staying true to Mustang and continuing to make the iconic high performance car while many others are phasing out their competitive products. I was at the launch and it was a truly exciting event with a never-ending stream of amazing announcements and unveilings. I have to drop a big congratulations to Ed Krenz and his team for creating all that amazing stuff. The new car looks awesome and the Dark Horse for sure appears to be a great replacement for my Gen 6 GT that met with an unfortunate slippery end.”
As Ford unveiled the new Ford Mustang road car versions, dynamic CGI video images were shown of the new car’s future racing stable mates, including the GT3 and GT4 racing derivatives, which are presently under development by the long standing Ford Performance/Multimatic Motorsports partnership.
To be built for the world’s toughest endurance races at Multimatic Motorsports in Mooresville, North Carolina, the Ford Mustang GT3 race car, powered by a Coyote-based V8 engine, will be revealed next March on the occasion of the Super Sebring IMSA/WEC weekend. After a full year of engineering and another of extensive testing/development, the new GT3 car will be ready to race in 2024. Multimatic will lead Ford’s return to global sportscar racing, with a two-car IMSA GTD Pro entry, starting at Daytona in 2024.
In addition to the GT3 version of the car, Multimatic is also creating a new Mustang GT4, which will build on the development and racing successes of the present generation racer, which most recently dominated the Michelin Pilot race during the GT Challenge weekend at VIR. The GT4 will be available for customers to race later in the 2023 season. Multimatic Motorsports is committed to providing the highest level of customer support for the new generation GT3 and GT4 Ford Mustangs around the globe.
Multimatic and Ford have a strong working relationship borne on the race track, starting with the Ford Taurus SHO thirty years ago, through multiple versions of fourth, fifth and sixth generation Mustangs, culminating with the highly successful Ford GT race car, developed and run in the World Endurance Championship by Multimatic Motorsports. The new generation Mustang GT3 and GT4 programmes build on this successful partnership and expand it worldwide with a comprehensive customer racing programme.
Holt concludes: “Bill Ford and Jim Farley are racers and they are totally committed to having the seventh-generation Mustang raced by customers in every class possible, all over the world; it’s a fantastic vision. I am proud that Multimatic has been chosen to help execute a part of that vision with the development of the GT3 and GT4 cars. But as Mr. Ford stated as he closed the evening of celebrating the new car’s launch, what Ford really wants is to be back at Le Mans, this time with Mustang! Ditto from my side of the partnership.”
About Multimatic: Multimatic is a privately held, global enterprise supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. Multimatic’s core competencies include the engineering and manufacturing of complex mechanisms, body hardware, suspension systems and body structures, as well as the design and development of lightweight composite automotive systems. In addition, Multimatic delivers niche vehicle design, development and production for road and race applications. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Multimatic has manufacturing divisions and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, and alliance relationships with partners around the world. Multimatic is comprised of five operating groups: Multimatic Mechanisms, Multimatic Structures & Suspension, Multimatic Engineering, Multimatic Niche Vehicles, and Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations. For further information, please visit www.multimatic.com.
From Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations Group