Ford Develops New Powerful Mustang GTD Supercar With 789bhp

21st Aug 2023

By Chris Russon

Ford Mustang GTD Front Ford Mustang GTD Tail Ford Mustang GTD Wheel Ford Mustang GTD Rear
Ford Mustang GTD Front Ford Mustang GTD Tail Ford Mustang GTD Wheel Ford Mustang GTD Rear

The most powerful road-going car ever developed by Ford has been unveiled ahead of going on sale late in 2024.

The Mustang GTD is based on the GT3 model, and Ford intends to enter it in the Le Mans 24 hour race next year.

With a target power output of 789bhp, Ford is aiming for a sub-seven minute lap time at the Nurburgring in Germany and says the new Mustang has been designed to take on the best of European sports cars.

It will be built in Flat Rock, Michigan, before being finished off at the Multimatic facilities in Canada – home of the company which developed the Mustang GT3, Mustang GT4 and the Ford GT which has already won at Le Mans.

The GTD name refers to the IMSA “GTD” racing class for cars that are built to FIA GT3 technical regulations.

Production of the Mustang GTD will be limited and pricing is expected to start at around £235,000.

With plenty of carbon fibre in the bodywork, a suspension that adjusts spring rates and ride height for track or road use and active aerodynamics, the GTD is powered by a 5.2-litre supercharged V8 engine.

Jim Farley, Ford president and chief executive, said: “Mustang GTD shatters every preconceived notion of a supercar.

“This is a new approach for us. We didn’t engineer a road car for the track, we created a race car for the road. Mustang GTD takes racing technology from our Mustang GT3 race car, wraps it in a carbon fibre Mustang body and unleashes it for the street.”

Boot space makes way for the suspension equipment while the car sits on massive wheels with the front tyres as wide as the rear tyres on the Ford GT at 325mm. The rear ones measure 345mm.

Fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, the GTD also has a variable traction control system designed for track use.

Inside, the cockpit features Miko suede in the trim, Recaro seats and a serial plate which is made out of titanium parts from retired Lockheed Martin F22 fighter jets, while the rear seats are removed to save weight and add luggage space.

Prices correct as of 21/08/23 and are subject to change.