Mustang GT3 Set to Extend Ford’s Racing Heritage at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sixty years after Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn revealed the Mustang to the world at the New York Auto Show, the seventh-generation Mustang will attempt to conquer the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.
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Four Mustang GT3s will compete in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. // Photo courtesy of Ford Performance

Sixty years after Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn revealed the Mustang to the world at the New York Auto Show, the seventh-generation Mustang will attempt to conquer the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

Since its introduction in 1964, Ford’s global race car has competed in NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA, Australian Supercars, and Formula Drift.

“The Ford Mustang has raced in circuits across the world for decades, and now is the time for us to race our iconic coupe at the most important race in the world,” says Jim Farley, CEO of Ford. “Ford has a rich history at Le Mans dating back to the first race in 1923 and we are excited to return to the global stage in what promises to be one of the most exciting races of the modern era.”

Though Mustang has raced Le Mans previously — one entry in 1967 and two more in 1997 —2024 marks the first time Mustang races with specific intent in the World Endurance Championship circuit. Longtime collaborators Multimatic Motorsports and M-Sport both work on the production of Mustang with the team being run by the Germany-based team Proton Competition.

Ford’s Le Mans history notably includes the Ford GT40, which took on previously vaunted European competitors for four consecutive years in the late 1960s. Then, in 2016, 50 years after the GT40 first won, a reborn Ford GT took to the top step of the podium in the LMGTE Pro category.

The 92nd edition of Le Mans takes place June 15-16 at Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Proton Competition will race three Mustang GT3 cars among nearly two dozen LMGT3 Le Mans entrants.

Proton Competition will maintain its regular-season FIA World Endurance Cup LMGT3 class driver line-up for its two Mustang GT3s: The No. 77 will be co-piloted by Ryan Hardwick, Ben Baker, and Zacharie Robichon, and the No. 88 will see Giorgio Roda, Dennis Olsen, and Mikkel O. Pedersen share the seat. Announced last month, the No. 44 will be shared by Christopher Mies, John Hartshorne, and Ben Tuck.

“While Mustang GT3 is the pinnacle of our sports car racing around the world, it is only one part of a far broader strategy around Mustang racing that includes our recent Mustang Challenge Series as well as GT4 and much more besides,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “We race to win and also to build our Ford Performance community, and our hope is that fans at Le Mans get as much excitement from the off-track experiences as they get from attending the race itself. This is an exciting time to be a fan of Mustang.”

To view a video about the Mustang’s entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, visit here.

The 2025 Mustang Challenge Le Mans Invitational is a new, optional round of next year’s IMSA Mustang Challenge schedule. This exclusive event will be run at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe, and all Mustang Challenge competitors and qualified owners of the Mustang Dark Horse R were invited to join this racing experience.

The Mustang Challenge Le Mans Invitational promises to be a highlight of the racing season, offering an opportunity for qualified individuals and teams to compete on one of the world’s most iconic tracks. In addition, a limited number of additional Mustang Dark Horse R race cars will be allocated and sold to interested and qualified racers who wish to join the field, to ensure a competitive and thrilling race.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Mustang Challenge as a support race for next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans,” says Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “The Mustang has always been an incredible crowd pleaser. Its distinctive roar already resounds on IMSA circuits and we are overjoyed at the prospect of hosting this race.”

Rushbrook says, “The inclusion of the Le Mans Invitational in the Mustang Challenge underscores our commitment to delivering thrilling and accessible racing opportunities. We eagerly anticipate showcasing the best of Mustang performance on one of motorsport’s most celebrated circuits.”