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Mustang-only racing series launched

A SINGLE-MAKE racing series for Ford’s new Mustang Dark Horse R will launch next year.

The news comes as Ford Performance debuts the latest iteration of its Mustang S650. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 Coyote, the Dark Horse R will be a track-only product.

It will in fact be the official race car of Mustang Challenge, a new-for-2024 competition sanctioned by IMSA.

According to Ford Performance’s communications released this morning, the series will run “a 10- to 12-race calendar in conjunction with a mix of five to six yet-to-be-announced North American sports car race weekends”.

Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook welcomed the latest addition to the Blue Oval ranks.

“Mustang Dark Horse R bridges the gap between Dark Horse and Mustang GT3 and GT4,” he said.

“Production-based Mustang vehicles have raced from the very beginning, all the way back to winning the 1964 Tour de France, even.

“Dark Horse R offers our passionate customers not just an attainable, factory-built race car, but also a racing series to compete with other Mustang enthusiasts.

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“Mustang Dark Horse R owners will have the opportunity to race and test their driving skills with other Mustang enthusiasts at some of the world’s most incredible tracks.”

Added IMSA president John Doonan: “The new Mustang Challenge series is a perfect addition to our IMSA family and we are grateful to our long-time partners at Ford for trusting us to be the sanctioning body for this spectacular new platform.

“When I was a little boy going to the racetrack, I vividly remember the rumble of the Mustang race cars and their V8 power, so imagining a full field of Dark Horse Rs charging into Turn 1 for the first time on an IMSA race weekend will bring back a flood of memories and be awe inspiring.”

Pricing for the Mustang Dark Horse R starts at US$145,000.

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