Ford Mustang GT3: Winning horse?
Ford's new weapon for the WEC, IMSA and other GT3 championships based on the Dark Horse
As part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford showed the first images of the Ford Mustang GT3, the car with which the oval brand will compete next season in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). It is a Ford Performance machine born for racing from the beginning, a thoroughbred horse that was born with the aim of competing in the most renowned endurance races in the world against top-level rivals and keeping the legacy alive. of Ford in the discipline. It is also one of the most sensational cars that the North American firm currently offers, making real strides with traditional engines while other rivals have already dedicated themselves body and soul to electrification.
For the 2024 World Endurance season, Hypercars will continue to be the main category, made up of both pure Hypercars (LMH) and LMDh, cars with a series of components in common that compete in both the WEC and IMSA in United States as GTP. The LMP2 category, after years of great competitiveness between private teams, is withdrawing from the WEC to be the main class in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and other FIA events with similar regulations. On the other hand, the GTE will disappear to make way for the LMGT3, GT3 cars with small modifications to run endurance races. And this is where the new Ford Mustang GT3 will come into play, among other cars under the same regulations that have worked so well in recent years.
And it must be admitted: to Caesar what is Caesar’s. When Stéphane Ratel, through his SRO, founded the GT3 class as an FIA category, he laid very logical foundations: a category with very interesting features for private drivers, interesting cars for sponsors to help said drivers and teams and a technical regulation for the development of cars that has completely convinced interested manufacturers. This has led to names such as Ferrari, Chevrolet, McLaren, Mercedes, Nissan, BMW, Honda (Acura), Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lexus and Audi currently having homologated GT3s. Dodge, Cadillac, Maserati, Ascari, Morgan, Venturi and Jaguar have had GT3s years ago whose homologation has already expired – even Ford itself with the GT GT3.
With this premise, the WEC 2023 will be very interesting to see with a large number of manufacturers immersed in the LMGT3 category, in addition to the grand total of 19 Hypercar cars that will be seen. Each team in GT3 will have one team and two cars, with room for Ford with its Mustang GT3, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Aston Martin, BMW, McLaren, Lamborghini, Lexus and Porsche. A championship with great expectations, starting in Losail next March and finishing in Bahrain at the beginning of November – passing, of course, through Le Mans in June, the jewel in the crown of the WEC.