Ford introduced the most powerful Mustang GTD with an 800-horsepower V8. This is a road-homologated version of the recently debuted 24 Hours of Le Mans Mustang GT3 racing car. The Mustang GTD features adaptive suspension, active aerodynamics and a custom-designed supercharged engine that Ford says will allow the pony to traverse the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. The price is expected to correspond to his abilities: at least 300 thousand dollars.
The Mustang GTD is powered by a 5.2-liter turbocharged V8 with dry sump lubrication. Exact power hasn’t been revealed, but Ford promises it will make at least 800 horsepower and rev up to 7,500 rpm. This will make the GTD the most powerful “civilian” Mustang in history.
Contrary to expectations, the novelty was not a mid-engined one, but the rear-mounted eight-speed gearbox with a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft shifts the weight back and creates a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
In addition to the powerful engine, the Mustang GTD has a semi-active suspension with a hydraulic control system, which reduces ground clearance by 40 millimeters in Track Mode. Front – levers of different lengths and shock absorbers Multimatic spool valve, rear – multi-link with pushers. The 20-inch wheels are shod with 325mm tires at the front and 345mm at the rear. The rims are aluminum by default, but a magnesium alloy set is available as an option, with a design similar to that of the GT3. You won’t have to pay extra for Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
To reduce weight, the fenders, hood, door sills, front splitter, rear diffuser and trunk lid with air intakes were made of carbon fiber, in which the transmission cooler was placed. For an extra charge, they will offer an aerodynamic package with front flaps, a carbon fiber pan and an active rear wing. Ford kept the weight and downforce a secret.
There are no photos of the Mustang GTD interior either. Recaro seats and 3D-printed paddle shifters are standard, while the serial number plate is made from recycled titanium parts from the Lockheed Martin F-22 supersonic fighter jet. The trim used suede, leather and carbon fiber. Buyers will be given complete creative freedom: both the interior and exterior can be painted in any desired color.
GTDs will be born as regular Mustangs with unpainted bodywork in Flat Rock, Michigan. From there, the pony cars will head north to Multimatic’s Canadian factory, where they will be manually converted.