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DoctorCleveland
2nd November 2016, 10:58 AM
NOV 1, 2016 | Ford Performance Press Release
Ford Performance Reveals All-New, Global, Mustang GT4 Turnkey Race Car at 2016 SEMA Show

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-All-new turnkey racecar developed to compete on global stage, in GT4 series throughout the world
-The new racecar from Ford is based on the championship-winning Ford Shelby GT350R-C and is built to compete in IMSA (Continental Tire SportsCar
Challenge – GS), Pirelli World Challenge (GTS/G4) and GT4 European Series, among others
-Features host of race-proven elements from drivetrain to suspension

LAS VEGAS -- Ford Performance today revealed an all-new, track-ready turnkey Mustang racecar that’s ready to compete around the globe - the Ford Mustang GT4.

Unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang GT4 has been designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports car championship racing series globally, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and GT4 European Series. It’s inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship just last month.

“As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence,” explained David Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “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.”

The Mustang GT4 is equipped with the next generation, naturally aspirated 5.2L V8 racing engine specifically tuned for GT4 competition. The race engine was engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.

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A lightweight, compact six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission delivers proven race durability with direct-pneumatic activation for fast, positive and consistent gear shifts. The GT4 powertrain also carries a dry sump oiling system, ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.

Chassis features on the Mustang GT4 include:

-Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV™) dampers from Multimatic for advanced predictability, accuracy, repeatability and ultimate vehicle control
-Rear lower control arms (designed specifically for coil-over springs) and front/rear stabilizer bars from Multimatic
-Lightweight 18” x 11” forged alloy wheels from Forgeline
-Rotors and six-piston calipers from Brembo
-Aerodynamic enhancements on the Mustang GT4 include a rear wing, the design of which was derived from lessons learned by the Ford GT racing program,
front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser

On the interior, the Mustang GT4 carries a full FIA-compliant roll cage and race-oriented dash logger from MoTeC.

WASP
2nd November 2016, 01:10 PM
And right hand drive doesn't matter if its purpose built for racing...

4Vman
2nd November 2016, 01:14 PM
Surely this is the direction our Supercar series should be heading..... GT3/4 etc....

4Vman
2nd November 2016, 01:42 PM
GT4 Camaro:

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4Vman
2nd November 2016, 01:47 PM
GT4 European Series.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3S5dfG0b0s

DoctorCleveland
2nd November 2016, 05:32 PM
It would be a great marketing exercise for Tickford if PRA bought one of these for the 12 Hour and put Frosty and Chaz behind the wheel, maybe even become the Australian distributor for Mustang GT4 cars.

Randel
2nd November 2016, 08:56 PM
"As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence,” explained David Pericak

I thought Ford were trying to distance themselves from Motorsport? Or is that only Ford Australia?

Agree with Doc - would be great to see PRA run one in the 12 hour

4Vman
2nd November 2016, 08:57 PM
"As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence,” explained David Pericak

I thought Ford were trying to distance themselves from Motorsport? Or is that only Ford Australia?

Agree with Doc - would be great to see PRA run one in the 12 hour
Ford AU not Ford global.

Ford performance were at SEMA today doing drifting demos in GT350's

FTe217
2nd November 2016, 11:20 PM
Ford whatever has been doing drifting/demos at SEMA for as long as I can remember FYI - I have been attending Aapex/SEMA for some 20yrs.
The Mustangs have always been in every variant putting on the drift show.

Randel
2nd November 2016, 11:39 PM
Ford whatever has been doing drifting/demos at SEMA for as long as I can remember FYI - I have been attending Aapex/SEMA for some 20yrs.
The Mustangs have always been in every variant putting on the drift show.

Very envious Maurie.... that would be awesome - one of my bucket list things to get to SEMA

FTe217
4th November 2016, 11:07 AM
There are 3things to do on the SEMA Bucket List :
1.Sexy Cars of all shapes and forms,pick ups/euros to look and admire
2.Sexy MILF's all shapes and forms to look and admire - especially that its the real Halloween time
3.GTFO before your broke :)

4Vman
4th November 2016, 11:41 AM
I expect you'll have a huge picture gallery to share!

DoctorCleveland
9th January 2017, 09:21 AM
Maxwell: Mustang GT4 “Feels More Like a GT Car”
Sportscar365.com
By Ryan Myrehn
January 8, 2017

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Defending Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class champion Scott Maxwell reckons the new-for-2017 Ford Mustang GT4 is a step up from its predecessor and expects a strong fight all year in the revamped GS class.

Maxwell and 2016 co-driver Billy Johnson won six races in the Ford Shelby GT350R-C en route to the title a season ago, but a larger GS field and and the adoption of GT4 regulations for Continental Tire Challenge in 2017 has changed the landscape of the class.

Both drivers were heavily involved the the development of the Multimatic-built Mustang GT4 since the project’s inception, but with Johnson’s off-season elevation to a Platinum driver rating and his resultant ineligibility in the series, much of that project fell on Maxwell’s shoulders.

The Canadian said he has relished that role, and gave a glowing review of Ford’s new GT4 contender, which made its public debut this weekend at Daytona.

“The biggest difference [between the two cars] is the aerodynamics,” Maxwell told Sportscar365.

“We have a lot more downforce [on the GT4], so that’s the first thing. We have a different engine, so it has different characteristics in the way it pulls, the torque curve, peak horsepower, and things like that.

“Another thing, the paddle shifts, the new gearbox we’re running, it makes it a lot easier, obviously. It’s a lot cleaner shifting. That helps with lap times.

“The tires are completely different than what we’ve run before. We’ve tested on both the IMSA-spec and PWC-spec tires. That’s a huge difference.

“Overall, a summation of it all, it’s a quicker car. It’s a lot easier to drive. It feels more like a GT racing car, a GTD almost, than what we were running before.

“The other car, we had a lot of horsepower but not a lot of grip. I like to use the term, the car would ‘float’ a lot because we didn’t have the downforce.

“So we had all this power, not a lot of grip, and not a lot of downforce which made it a real drivers’ car. I think really good drivers excelled in a car like that because you had to drive it aggressively.

“But this one is a lot more fun!”

Reunited with former co-driver Jade Buford for the upcoming 2017 campaign, the Multimatic Motorsports team faces significant challenges in an upgraded GS field that saw 21 cars entered for the annual Roar Before the 24 pre-season test.

That number is expected to grow before the season-opening BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona later this month.

The increase is accounted for by an influx of GT4 machinery from Porsche, Aston Martin and McLaren, and Maxwell noted that just how the Mustang GT4 will stack up against is competitors is up in the air.

“I was following a couple of the fast McLarens and fast Porsches and you can see their strengths and weaknesses versus us,” he said. “Overall, we won’t know until we get here in three weeks, but I think it will be quite close.

“I was skeptical on the plane down that we would be as close as we were, but I had never really run behind these McLarens, and that’s the one that everyone was wondering about.

“IMSA’s looking at all the data after every session. I’m sure they’ve learned some stuff. Come race day, it will be close, but it will take awhile to figure that out.”

Multimatic’s entry for Maxwell and Buford is the Blue Oval’s lone representative at the Daytona test, but Maxwell said he expects to be competing against other Mustang GT4s later this year.

“I don’t think that day is too far away,” he said. “I think the intent hopefully is for there to be more than one Ford at the first race and then maybe as the season goes on they’ll start to show up at the events.

“By this time next year I’d like to see a handful of them, if not more, here, and over in Europe and wherever [GT4] runs.

“If we can prove that we’re competitive against these other manufacturers, the global image of the Mustang is pretty strong.

“I think people want this car. It’s unique, it makes a lot of noise, it’s American muscle, it’s what people love.”

DoctorCleveland
9th January 2017, 09:23 AM
Maxwell, Mustang GT4 Top CTSC Roar Test
Sportscar365.com
by Ryan Myrehn
January 8, 2017

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Scott Maxwell piloted the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 to the top of the combined Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge time sheets with a pace-setting lap in the sixth and final test session of the Roar Before the 24 pre-season test.

The defending GS co-champion clocked in a lap at 1:55.703, 0.216 seconds clear of Gregory Milzcik’s No. 71 TRG-AMG Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Milzcik set his time in Session 5 earlier on the third day of the three-day test.

Guy Cosmo put the No. 4 TeamTGM Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR into third with lap of 1:55.929, meaning the top three times in the new-look, GT4-based class were set by three different manufacturers.

Cosmo’s fastest time came in the team’s fully-updated car, which conforms to SRO GT4 specifications.

He also turned laps in the sister No. 46 entry which was running to 2016-specification that has been grandfathered into the 2017 rulebook. Cosmo’s best lap in the No. 46 car was a 1:56.431.

Ramin Abdolvahabi in an Aston Martin and Dylan Murcott in a Porsche rounded out the top-five.

Matt Plumb posted the fastest time for a McLaren 570S GT4 driver in the No. 76 C360R entry with a 1:56.457, which was the 9th fastest lap of the test.

Murillo Racing’s Eric Foss led the way in the ST category, piloting his No. 56 Porsche Cayman to lap of 2:03.765 on Sunday.

Connor Bloum made it a Cayman 1-2 for RS1, 0.473 seconds behind the class leader, with Derek Jones in the No. 73 MINI JCW in third 0.820 seconds behind Foss.

Nine of the top eleven times in ST came in the cooler conditions on Sunday, with Bloum’s lap from the first session of the weekend and Nick Longhi’s sixth-place time in an RS1 Porsche in Session 4 as the only exceptions.

DoctorCleveland
9th January 2017, 09:25 AM
I might be just a little bit biased, but that is one f*****g sexy looking race car!

TICK4D-TAS
9th January 2017, 12:23 PM
I might be just a little bit biased, but that is one f*****g sexy looking race car!

Agree!

Would love to see some in our production racing or even the Bathurst 12hr.