Ford has officially unveiled the new Mustang GTD, a high-priced, hardcore track machine set to rival the mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8. The reveal follows an exclusive report from GM Authority and our sister publication, Ford Authority, as well a series of leaked images that hit the web yesterday. Despite its track-focused demeanor, the Ford Mustang GTD will remain street-legal.
Inspired by the Ford Mustang GT3 set to race at Le Mans next year, the Mustang GTD is framed as the quickest road-going Mustang ever built, and as such, takes a function-over-form approach when it comes to design. That includes a widebody treatment made “mostly” from carbon fiber, plus a massive rear wing and complementary aero components, including a front splitter, vented hood, and vented fenders. The available rear wing is active, with hydraulically controlled articulation. The available aero package also includes an underbody tray and hydraulically controlled front flaps.
The carbon body makes the Mustang GTD lightweight, while the remaining heft is managed by dual ride height short-long arm front and multi-link rear suspension. The suspension is semi-active as well, while carbon ceramic brakes throw the anchor.
As for the powertrain, the Ford Mustang GTD features a supercharged 5.2L V8 engine producing an estimated 800 horsepower. The engine will rev past 7,500 rpm and includes a dry-sump oiling system. An active titanium exhaust system is offered. Output is sent to the rear tires through the rear-mounted, eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle and a carbon fiber driveshaft, all of which contributes to a near 50/50 weight distribution.
The Mustang GTD was designed and engineered in collaboration with Multimatic, the same company that had a hand in developing the Mustang GT3, Mustang GT4, and Ford GT. As for the Mustang GTD, Ford is aiming for a sub-seven-minute lap time around the harrowing Nurburgring racetrack.
“We’re comfortable putting everybody else on notice,” said Ford president and CEO Jim Farley at the debut of the new Mustang GTD. “I’ll take track time in a Mustang GTD against any other auto boss in their best road car.”
Pricing for the Ford Mustang GTD starts at $300,000, and production will be highlight limited. The new Mustang GTD will be available late next year, or possibly early in 2025.