Ford Performance astounds racing enthusiasts with the all-new Mustang Dark Horse R, a state-of-the-art turn-key race car ready to burn rubber in the unique Mustang Challenge racing series. This groundbreaking announcement affirms Ford’s commitment to delivering unrivaled performance and innovation in the automotive industry.
Exclusively designed for track usage, the Mustang Dark Horse R is a testament to Ford’s racing heritage and the most extreme iteration of the Ford Mustang’s long and historic legacy. Packing a new, fourth-generation 5.0-liter Coyote V8 under the hood, the Dark Horse R joins the illustrious line of Dark Horse racing derivatives, including the Mustang GT3 and GT4. This vehicle brings the thrilling excitement of the race track to Mustang aficionados like never before.
“A bridge between Dark Horse and Mustang GT3 and GT4, the Mustang Dark Horse R extends the legacy of Mustang racing – a legacy that dates back to our Tour de France victory in 1964,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
Further enhancing the capabilities of the highly potent 5.0-liter V8 street-legal Mustang, the Dark Horse R offers a meticulously crafted racing package. The vehicle shares key components with its road-going sibling such as the 500+ horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, Tremec 3160 manual transmission, Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.73 final drive ratio, and Brembo rear brake calipers/rotors. An array of track-focused enhancements elevates the Dark Horse R’s performance capabilities to unprecedented levels.
The Ford Mustang Dark Horse R also ushers in the all-new Mustang Challenge spec racing series, sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The exclusive racing series will feature 10 to 12 races throughout 2024, offering Mustang Dark Horse R owners a platform to test their racing skills against other Mustang enthusiasts.
IMSA President John Doonan commented, “The Mustang Challenge series is a perfect addition to our IMSA family. The sight of Dark Horse Rs charging into Turn 1 for the first time will undoubtedly be awe-inspiring.”
With a starting price of $145,000, Ford Mustang Dark Horse R deliveries will begin in time for the 2024 Mustang Challenge season. This unique Ford Performance creation is set to spark excitement among Mustang enthusiasts, harking back to the golden age of racing, while simultaneously driving the future of the sport.