Say hello to the new Ponies

Say hello to the new Ponies

The Ford Mustang Dark Horse expands the Mustang lineup. Michael Simari
The Ford Mustang Dark Horse expands the Mustang lineup. Michael Simari

The introduction of Mustang Dark Horse is part of a broader launch of six new racing Mustangs that will compete globally in a variety of series, including GT3, GT4, Nascar and NHRA Factory X racing.

There are two Dark Horse Mustangs powered by 5.0-litre V8 engines. The Mustang Dark Horse S is designed for the weekend track day enthusiast, while Mustang Dark Horse R has been ­built for racing.

The Mustang Dark Horse S is a stripped-down version of the street-legal Mustang Dark Horse production vehicle. All non-essential parts and trim pieces have been removed. The special features include a full FIA-certified safety cage, safety nets, a race seat with safety belts and a race steering wheel with quick disconnect. Other safety items include electrical disconnects and a fire suppression system.

Driver controls are contained within a central panel, which houses switches and knobs for the headlamps, side indicators, windshield wipers, mirror adjusters and rain lights. Also included for the Dark Horse S is a pit speed ­limiter and a data and acquisition display system.

The exterior of the Mustang Dark Horse S features hood pins, front and rear tow hooks, and an adjustable rear wing for added downforce and a full exhaust system. The car will be painted at the factory for individual deliveries.

Meanwhile, the Mustang Dark Horse S has the same wheels as the street-legal Mustang Dark Horse, and the upgraded brake system provides even further robustness to meet track demands. Multimatic DSSV dampers support driver tunability in addition to adjustable ride height and camber settings.

The Dark Horse R will continue to compete globally in a variety of race series, and enthusiasts will see those roll out over the next year.

Ford is returning to factory-backed GT3 racing with an all-new Mustang GT3 IMSA race car that will also be available for customers, starting with 24 Hours of Daytona in 2024. Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the Ford Mustang GT3, powered by a 5.4-litre Coyote-based V8 engine, will deliver the full endurance racing potential of a Ford Mustang to customers globally.

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