The road-going version of the Ford GT will make its first dynamic appearance in the UK later this month, in the hands of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, former WTCC Champion Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Priaulx and Tincknell will be joined on the Hill by their team mate, Billy Johnson, swapping his usual seat in the Ford GT race car for the fearsome Ford Mustang GT4, a track-ready race car unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, to tackle the challenging 1.16-mile Hillclimb course.
The new Mustang GT4 race car builds on the legendary nameplate’s global reach. Mustang is one of the most prominent automobiles in the history of North American motorsports, including the SCCA Shelby GT350R of the 1960s, Trans-Am Boss 302 of the 1970s, the more recent FR500, Boss 302R and 2016 championship-winning Shelby GT350R-C.
The 2017 Mustang GT4 is based on the Shelby GT350R-C, which won its class this year in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, its first full season of competition. Featuring a 5.2-liter V8 and six-speed Holinger paddle-shift transmission, the Mustang GT4 is ready to enter any GT4 series in the world. The car can run in the Grand Sport class of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS and European GT4, to name a few.
Mustang GT4’s chassis mods from Multimatic Motorsports comprise dampers, lower rear control arms and stabilizer bars. Forgeline 18- by 11-inch wheels with racing slicks put the power to the pavement. Aerodynamic aids are applied to improve downforce, including a rear wing, aggressive splitter, additional hood venting and rear diffuser.
For the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, Drift star Vaughn Gittin Jr also returns in his Mustang RTR to compete in the Festival’s first-ever Hillclimb Drift championship.
In addition to the track action, visitors to the Ford stand at Goodwood will discover models including the new Ford Fiesta making its UK debut. Also on show will be the Ford ST-Line range of Ford Performance-inspired models, including the Fiesta ST-Line.
The Goodwood FoS begins on Thursday, 29 June with the Moving Motor Show, followed by the Festival of Speed from Friday, 30 June, to Sunday, 2 July.