One of the coolest cars to be displayed at the 50th SEMA show currently going down in Las Vegas is a turn-key race car with all the under-pinnings of a Shelby GT350. The Mustang GT4 follows in the foot steps of a long line of turn-key ready race cars offered by Ford. The 2018 GT4 Mustang is based on the S550 Shelby GT350R-C, but takes things a step further and can be ordered from any Ford dealership’s part’s counter.
Power and Drivetrain Specs of the GT4 Mustang
The GT4 Mustang is powered by a dry-sump 5.2L Voodoo V8 Engine that is specifically tuned to GT4 Spec by Ford with some fine tuning coming from Roush Yates Engines. Some extra cooling was needed, so some extra hood vents were added to help keep the engine running at a reasonable temp.
The 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 is mated to a Holinger six-speed paddle-shift/sequential gear box with a twin-plate racing clutch. The 2018 Shelby GT350 is receiving a dual clutch transmission, but this Holinger one is not as road-friendly as the the GT350’s.
Aerodynamic Styling & Handling of the GT4 Mustang
The GT4 Mustang really separates itself from the S550 Shelby GT350 and GT350R with its even more radical styling cues, which have all been made in an effort to increase aerodynamics. The GT4 sports a larger rear wing, more pronounced rear diffuser, diveplanes, and a front splitter to keep the GT4 glued to the track.
Multimatic created one-off dynamic suspension spool valve dampers for the GT4 Mustang as well as rear lower control arms that add additional room for the coil overs and the front and rear stabilizer bars. The Mustang GT4 is planted on some incredibly wide 18 x 11 alloy Mustang wheels from Forgeline and everything is brought to a screeching halt by six-piston Brembo Brakes.
Is the Mustang GT4 Made For Track-Only Use?
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to drive this badass ride on the street, not that it would be comfortable to do so. This car was made with one thing in mind: racing. This car was created to be completely prepared for GT4 races, coming stock with a cage and all.
The GT4 Spec Mustang will be able to compete in all GT4 class racing, Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS Class, the GT4 European Series, and any other series around the globe that use GT4 spec cars. At the very least, it could make your local autocross race a lot more interesting.
How Much Will A GT4 Spec Mustang Cost?
Ford has not released pricing on the Mustang GT4, however it will probably come in around $90K+ which is not a bad deal considering all that you are getting for the price. The Boss 302S, the last turn-key race car offered by Ford came in at $85K so it is safe to assume this will be slightly more expensive. If you want to get your own Mustang GT4 all you have to do is go to your local Ford Dealer part’s counter once they are available and place your order there.
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