Ford to Compete with Dark Horse-based Mustang GT3 Racer at 2024 Le Mans

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today unveiled its Mustang GT3 race car, based on the all-new 2024 Mustang Dark Horse, in Le Mans, France, on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend (June 10-11).
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Ford will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024 with the new Mustang GT3 race car. // Photo courtesy of Ford Performance

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today unveiled its Mustang GT3 race car, based on the all-new 2024 Mustang Dark Horse, in Le Mans, France, on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend (June 10-11).

The Mustang GT3 will compete in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with two factory car teams. Ehingen, Germany-based Proton Competition intends to campaign a pair of Mustang GT3s in the FIA World Endurance Championship starting in 2024.

“This is a very important program and an exciting moment for our organization,” says Christian Ried, principal of the Proton Competition team. “The Mustang is a great brand and this is an important step for our team. We look forward to joining with Ford starting in 2024.”

The factory race program with Mustang GT3 in IMSA’s GTD Pro class will be managed by Multimatic Motorsports and begin at the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

To coincide with the unveiling, Ford also is revealing new, global Ford Performance branding — a cleaner, simplified look that will now be featured on all its racing vehicles.

Ford Performance extended its relationship with two longtime partners in Multimatic and M-Sport for the basis of this project.

Multimatic, builders of the Ford GT, also were involved in the Ford GT race program and will help build and support the Mustang GT3s, while longtime World Rally Championship partner and two-time championship winning team M-Sport will assemble the Ford Performance-developed 5.4-liter Coyote-based V-8 engines that power this powerful new pony.

“For a project like the Mustang GT3, we turned to two of our most trusted partners in the motorsports world to help bring this vehicle and program together,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “I know we’ll all be as thrilled as Ford fans when Mustang begins racing at the highest levels of GT racing in 2024.”

Racers and teams interested in acquiring a Mustang GT3 to enter into competition should visit here.

In other Ford news, the automaker announced the expansion of its Mobile Service program to now include Escape SUVs, allowing customers at its smaller-volume dealers more convenient options for vehicle service.

Ford is targeting to have nearly 1,000 Escape SUVs to be used as Mobile Service vehicles by year’s end, giving smaller-volume dealers a more affordable way to deliver Mobile Service and larger dealers a way to supplement their existing fleets. The Escape also frees up service bays at dealerships and gives customers more convenient choices on how and where they want their vehicles serviced.

Customer use of Ford remote services has increased 45 percent since Q4 of 2022.

“Adding the Escape to the mobile maintenance fleet now gives our smaller-volume dealers the ability to provide this convenient service to more customers,” says Todd Rabourn, regional CX director of experience implementation for North America at Ford. “These Escape vehicles are hitting the road to provide everything from software updates to light repairs, plus offering the ability to accelerate how we resolve current recalls.”

Participation in Ford’s Mobile Service program is voluntary, and once enrolled, dealers can utilize a 2022-23 model year Escape they have in stock or order a unit. Exterior colors of Oxford White, Star White, and Iconic Silver, along with a specialized wrap will indicate that the vehicle is a Mobile Service unit. All vehicles in the program must have embedded Wi-Fi or have means for internet access.