We are thrilled to introduce you to the Mustang® GTD, a remarkable vehicle that stands as the most audacious and technologically advanced Mustang to date. This limited-edition, street-legal performance car was meticulously designed alongside its racing counterpart, the Mustang GT3, with the goal of challenging the world's finest high-performance cars.
Engineered for Unparalleled Performance: The Mustang GTD boasts a range of groundbreaking features, making it a true powerhouse on the road. Carbon fiber is liberally used throughout its body, contributing to reduced weight and enhanced agility. It incorporates a pioneering suspension system that can adapt spring rates and ride height settings for both street and track conditions. Active aerodynamics further optimize its performance. A supercharged V8 engine, equipped with a unique dry sump oil system, delivers exceptional power. An 8-speed dual-clutch rear transaxle and carbon fiber driveshaft ensure near-perfect weight distribution. Magnesium wheels, an optional titanium exhaust, and carbon ceramic brakes all come together to create an agile and ultra-high-performance Mustang.
Aiming for over 800 horsepower* and a sub-7-minute Nürburgring lap time, the Mustang GTD transcends the limitations of racing regulations, incorporating technology that pushes the boundaries of what's allowed on the track.
In 2021, a dedicated team embarked on an after-hours mission in a concealed metal storage garage near Allen Park, Michigan. Their audacious goal? To craft a Mustang capable of rivaling Europe's elite sports cars.
The result is the 2025 Ford Mustang® GTD, a marvel of technology inspired by the upcoming Mustang GT3 set to participate in Le Mans. With its predominantly carbon fiber wide body and imposing rear wing, the Mustang GTD makes a bold statement – it's unlike any Mustang that has come before.
Jim Farley, Ford's President and CEO, encapsulates the essence of this extraordinary creation, stating, "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 fiber Mustang body, and unleashes it for the street."
Every facet of the Mustang GTD serves a purpose, driving its performance to new heights. Developed by the same minds behind Ford's Mustang race cars and the Le Mans-winning GT, it aims to be the fastest roadworthy Mustang ever.
The Mustang GTD grips the road with astounding downforce, thanks to its active aerodynamics and massive tires, and comes to a commanding halt with carbon ceramic brakes. Its rear-mounted 8-speed dual-clutch transaxle and lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft ensure a nearly perfect weight distribution. Beneath the hood lies a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine targeting an estimated 800 horsepower.
Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports, aptly describes it as "a rocketship for the road" when speaking about the engineering, aerodynamics, and powertrain of the Mustang GTD.
Continuing the Legacy at Le Mans
The Mustang GTD was conceived with the return of the Mustang GT3 race car to Le Mans next year in mind. It stands as the pinnacle of Ford's Mustang family, which now includes both street-legal and track-only race cars. This family encompasses the recently unveiled Mustang GT4, the Mustang GT3, the forthcoming Mustang Dark Horse R spec racer, and more. All these models carry forward the legacy of Mustang as Ford's most raced and successful nameplate, gracing streets and tracks worldwide. The "GTD" designation for this latest Mustang refers to the IMSA "GTD" racing class, adhering to FIA GT3 technical regulations.
Jim Farley boldly asserts, "This is our company; we're throwing down the gauntlet and saying, 'Come and get it.' We're comfortable putting everybody else on notice. I'll take track time in a Mustang GTD against any other auto boss in their best road car."
A Collaboration of Excellence The Mustang GTD is the result of a collaborative effort between Ford and Multimatic**, the developer of the Mustang GT3, Mustang GT4, and Le Mans-winning Ford GT. It represents the culmination of decades of engineering advancement through continuous learning from racing. This precision-crafted masterpiece is destined to become an iconic part of Mustang and Ford's storied history.
Jim Farley sums it up well, saying, "Mustang GTD represents the very best of Ford Motor Company and what our team needs to do every day. This is what happens when we take what we're good at and push the boundaries to see where the bubble stops. It represents the essence of the transformation we're going through at Ford, from software to special edition cars."
The Mustang GTD's design is driven by purpose. Every line serves to enhance aerodynamic performance at high speeds, from the front splitter and vented hood to the available active rear wing, which is hydraulically controlled and mounted on the C-pillar.
Carbon fiber is extensively employed in the body, reducing weight, lowering the center of gravity, and enhancing responsiveness. Various body panels, including the fenders, hood, door sills, front splitter, rear diffuser, and roof, are crafted from carbon fiber, with optional front and rear facias available in the same material. An optional aero package, featuring a comprehensive underbody aerodynamic tray, is also crafted in carbon fiber, boasting technology that exceeds racing standards, such as hydraulically controlled front flaps for optimal aerodynamic balance.
Gone is the traditional trunk, replaced by a semi-active suspension, hydraulic control system, and transaxle cooling system. The suspension, equipped with adaptive spool valve dampers, offers two distinct states for enhanced on-road and on-track performance. It allows for a nearly 40 mm lower ride height in Track Mode and boasts a track width wider by almost four inches compared to the Mustang GT.
Anthony Colard, Ford Performance Design Manager, elaborates, "Our design team worked in conjunction with the Mustang GT3 design team and the aero team, sharing solutions between race car and road car, and vice versa. This is an aerodynamics-driven design."
The culmination of these purpose-driven aerodynamic features delivers substantial downforce, ensuring balanced performance across both front and rear axles and enabling exceptional cornering speeds and lap times at some of the world's most demanding tracks.
Extreme Performance and Technology
Greg Goodall, Ford Chief Program Engineer, emphasizes the meticulously selected and developed hardware that enables blistering lap time performance. The primary objective of this project was clear – achieve significantly faster lap times, targeting a sub-7-minute Nürburgring record. As a result, the Mustang GTD represents the fastest roadworthy Mustang ever from Ford.
Powering the Mustang GTD is a purpose-developed supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine, featuring dual air inlets and the first-ever dry-sump oil system in a roadworthy Mustang. With a redline exceeding 7,500 rpm, this engine generates an exhilarating exhaust note through the optional titanium active valve exhaust system, making it the most potent street-legal Mustang ever developed by Ford. The power is efficiently transferred to the rear wheels through a carbon fiber driveshaft linked to an 8-speed rear transaxle, ensuring nearly 50/50 weight distribution.
The Mustang GTD's remarkable performance is further enhanced by a state-of-the-art semi-active suspension capable of adjusting both spring rates and ride height. This adaptive suspension technology employs hydraulically actuated dual spring rates and height settings, offering two distinct suspension states that independently optimize on-road and on-track performance.
The front suspension utilizes a short-long arm design to enhance lateral stiffness and kinematics, particularly during high-G cornering. The rear suspension incorporates an integral link pushrod and rocker arm architecture, featuring inboard Adaptive Spool Valve shock absorbers and coil-over springs arranged in a horizontal cross pattern. This unique architecture achieves a 1:1 motion ratio from pushrod to damper, allowing precise response to track conditions.
Larry Holt, Executive Vice President of Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations, proudly states, "We are extremely proud of our work on the Mustang GTD. It showcases our state-of-the-art DSSV spool valve suspension technology, with features not even allowed in racing. The Mustang GTD sets a new benchmark for roadgoing racers, and we can't wait for clients to experience the thrill of driving it."
The Mustang GTD boasts exceptional road grip and cornering stability, thanks to its massive 325mm front tires (as wide as the rear tires of the Ford GT) and 345mm rear tires. These are mounted on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels or available forged magnesium wheels, which offer an ideal blend of weight and durability.
Massive Brembo™ carbon ceramic brakes provide powerful and consistent stopping performance, even under intense heat conditions. Cooling ducts below the rear suspension assist in dissipating rear brake heat.
A remarkable addition to the Mustang GTD is Variable Traction Control in track mode, allowing drivers to modulate engine output and traction control intrusiveness, all while keeping their hands on the wheel. This feature enables drivers to tailor the car's performance to match track conditions and their own driving skills.
Embracing the future of automotive technology, the Mustang GTD incorporates an advanced electrical architecture derived from the seventh-generation Mustang. This ensures seamless connectivity, offers a multitude of personalized driving modes, and enables over-the-air software updates, representing a harmonious blend of technologies designed for unrivaled handling and control.
The interior of the Mustang GTD is a testament to luxury and precision. Premium materials, including Miko suede, leather, and carbon fiber, adorn the cockpit. Digital displays keep drivers fully engaged and in control. RECARO® seats, optimized for track use, are complemented by 3D-printed titanium paddle shifters, a rotary dial shifter, and a serial plate – all crafted from retired Lockheed Martin F-22 titanium parts. The rear seating area has been removed to reduce weight and provide cargo space.
The Mustang GTD offers multiple interior color combinations and several special option packages that elevate its exterior aesthetics. Customers can even order the car in a custom color, matched to their specifications. These customizable options allow buyers to create a truly unique Mustang GTD.
The end result is a vehicle that exudes an unmistakable presence, approaching the level of a race-ready Mustang GT3, but tailored for the streets.
Limited Production and Pricing
Production of the Mustang GTD will be limited, with pricing starting at approximately R5.6mil MSRP***. Initial assembly will take place at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, followed by handcrafting at Multimatic facilities in Markham, Canada, where the Ford Performance and Multimatic teams will meticulously ensure racing-inspired precision. The Mustang GTD is expected to be available in late 2024 or early 2025.
In conclusion, the Mustang GTD represents a remarkable fusion of cutting-edge technology, unparalleled performance, and the enduring spirit of the Mustang. It's a testament to Ford's commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering and delivering an exhilarating driving experience like no other.