I was surprised when Ford crafted a flat-plane crankshaft V-8 mill but the automaker never ceases to amaze. Ford is at it again, now with a GT350-inspired racecar adorning the flat-plane crankshaft V-8. The car was unveiled at the recent SEMA show held in Las Vegas. The Ford Mustang GT4 Turnkey will compete in every GT4 class races in the world including the Pirelli World Challenge and the IMSA Tire SportsCar Challenge. Read along to find what Ford has packed in the new GT4 racer:
Ford Mustang GT4 Turnkey Exterior
The Ford Mustang GT4 Turnkey exterior is based on the Shelby GT350R-C. However, the GT4 exterior is more aerodynamic as well as more aggressive. At the front, the GT4 uses a grille and bumpers that are identical to those of other IMSA racecars. The GT4 however features extra aero fins at each of its corners. The hood is unique; it features large air vents as well as quick release fins.
On the sides, the model is also unique in that it rides on Forgeline 18-inch by 11-inch wheels which are covered in slick tires. At the rear, the racecar features a diffuser and a huge wing to improve its aerodynamics as well as add some downforce, which comes in handy when flying down the tracks. The model is finished off with dark-gray paintwork with blue and white accents. The body also features numerous Ford logos and those of Performance Parts providers.
Ford Mustang GT4 Turnkey Interior
Ford did not avail much information about the model’s interior styling. Understandingly, being a racecar, there is not that much information to talk about either. I understand that the cabin has been modeled specifically for racing. To start with, the model comes with a fully FIA-compliant roll cage as standard. The model also features a MoTeC dash logger.
In addition, the Mustang GT4 Turnky also features a new digital display as well as lightweight door panels. Drivers will love the Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, antilock-braking controller, motorsports engine control and Sparco driver seat.
Engine and performance
Ford has looked at its existing lineups of racecars for the drive-train that will provide the juice for the GT4 on the tracks. The honor has been given to the engine that powers the Shelby GT350 as well as some other IMSA racecars. The unit is a 5.2 L, naturally aspirated V-8 mill. In fact, the mill is the fastest naturally aspirated engine ever to come from the Ford’s factory. The mill is also the first production V-8 to feature a flat-plane crankshaft.
In the current road-going GT350, the engine produces 526 hp ad 429 lb-ft of torque. Due to weight issues, the GT4 Turnkey may get less power. I understand that the GT4 mill will be paired with a 6-speed Holinger transmission system that comes with paddle shifters. In addition, the model has received a chassis revamp from Multimatic Motorsports. The new additions include stabilizer bars, lower rear control arms and dampers.
Price and release date
Ford is yet to release the pricing information of the Ford Mustang GT4 Turnkey. However, according to ongoing rumors, the model will be more expensive than the Shelby GT350R. However, it will not come cheap, so expect a price tag of over $100,000.
The automaker has however confirmed that the model will be offered globally. Ford also revealed that the model would be eligible to compete in all GT4 categories anywhere in the world. Ford will start receiving orders on December 1, as the model will be released in time for the 2017 season.
The GT4 will face fierce competition from other Impressive GT4 racers such as the Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R, Aston Martin Vantage, and McLaren 570S GT4.