September 28, 2023

Ford Efficiency immediately reveals the all-new Mustang Darkish Horse™ R, providing essentially the most demanding monitor fans a turn-key race automotive able to compete within the all-new Mustang Problem spec racing collection, only for Mustang Darkish Horse R and sanctioned by the Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation (IMSA).

The Mustang Darkish Horse R powered by a brand new, fourth-generation 5.0-liter Coyote V8 is the third Darkish Horse-based racing spinoff to be unveiled this summer season, becoming a member of its place alongside the Mustang GT3 and Mustang GT4.

“Mustang Darkish Horse R bridges the hole between Darkish Horse and Mustang GT3 and GT4,” acknowledged Mark Rushbrook, world director, Ford Efficiency Motorsports. “Manufacturing-based Mustang autos have raced from the very starting, all the way in which again to profitable the 1964 Tour de France, even. Darkish Horse R affords our passionate clients not simply an attainable, factory-built race automotive, but in addition a racing collection to compete with different Mustang fans.”

With the Ford Mustang Darkish Horse becoming a member of the herd as essentially the most track-capable 5.0-liter V8 street-legal Mustang ever, Darkish Horse R is a pure extension of the capabilities present in each Darkish Horse.

“Mustang Darkish Horse R has been developed with Mustang racing fans high of thoughts,” mentioned Jim Owens, Ford Mustang Advertising supervisor. “Ford Efficiency leaned into numerous areas of experience developed via years of racing the Mustang and honed in on an aggressive but approachable package deal for purchasers to select up and play with.”

Darkish Horse R is designed for monitor use solely, but in addition shares a number of parts with the road-going model. These embrace a Flat Rock Meeting Plant-provided physique, 500+ horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, Tremec 3160 handbook transmission, Torsen restricted slip differential with 3.73 ultimate drive ratio, aero and Brembo rear brake calipers/rotors. It’s additionally upgraded with a wide selection of track-focused tools.

Mustang Darkish Horse R was born to compete within the new, single-make Mustang Problem collection which is able to begin in 2024, working a ten to 12-race calendar along side a mixture of 5 to 6 yet-to-be-announced North American sports activities automotive race weekends. All vehicles will compete on racing slicks developed particularly for Mustang Problem by our collection companions at Michelin.

“Mustang Darkish Horse R house owners can have the chance to race and check their driving expertise with different Mustang fans at among the world’s most unimaginable tracks,” mentioned Rushbrook.

Every spherical of the IMSA-sanctioned collection, which shall be managed by the Ford Efficiency Racing College, consists of two follow periods, one qualifying session and two dash races. To reward essentially the most expert drivers, there shall be contingency payouts to high finishers in every race, in addition to an total collection champion on the finish of the season.

“The brand new Mustang Problem collection is an ideal addition to our IMSA household and we’re grateful to our longtime companions at Ford for trusting us to be the sanctioning physique for this spectacular new platform,” mentioned IMSA President John Doonan. “After I was a little bit boy going to the race monitor, I vividly keep in mind the rumble of the Mustang race vehicles and their V8 energy, so imagining a full discipline of Darkish Horse Rs charging into Flip 1 for the primary time on an IMSA race weekend will deliver again a flood of recollections and be awe inspiring.”

Pricing for Mustang Darkish Horse R begins at $145,000. Deliveries will start in preparation for the beginning of the Mustang Problem season in 2024.