Ford Promises the New Mustang GTD Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen
Two years ago, Ford CEO Jim Farley decided to build a street-legal Mustang racer that could compete in the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. Farley got to work, and two years of hard work resulted in the seventh-generation pony car Mustang GTD.
The Mustang GTD is the automaker’s latest addition to the Mustang lineup, placing it above the already powerful Dark Horse, but that’s not all. Ford promises the new Mustang GTD is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Overview of the 2025 Mustang GTD
The Mustang GTD is a race car that doesn’t adhere to the sanctioning restrictions that limit weight, horsepower, and aerodynamic devices. The vehicle gets its name from the International Motor Sports Association GTD class, within which cars that adhere to the FIA GT3 specifications compete.
The most powerful Mustang the automaker has ever built will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine that generates an outstanding 800 hp, 300 hp more than the GT3 race car, which uses a 5.4-liter V8 engine that produces 500 hp. Owning the GTD means sacrificing fuel economy as the vehicle sucks gas at 12 mpg on city roads and 18 mpg on the highway.
The carmaker refuses to give up acceleration and other performance figures, but Ford promises that the GTD will take less than seven seconds to go around the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife track, breaking records set by Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro and Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The engineering going into the GTD
When Ford was developing the Mustang GTD, it wanted to take the GT3’s technology and homologate it for a road car. “Yes, other brands do the same, but they take away technology from their road version. We’ve added more,” Farley told Robb Report.
The vehicle uses a dry sump oiling system to ensure consistent lubrication even in the most demanding track conditions. The innovative aerodynamic drag reduction system reduces downforce and enhances straight-line speed. This technology is similar to the one used in Formula 1 but prohibited in GT-class rating.
The automaker also moved the transmission to the back of the car from the front-mounted engine. This strategic adjustment provides a 50/50 weight balance and enhanced torque delivery. The GTD also has a wicked rear suspension with adaptive shock absorbers and horizontally mounted coilover springs that offer two ride height settings.
The best part is that most of the GTD’s body components are made from carbon fiber for a low center of gravity and ensure it remains lightweight. The aero package that includes the hydraulic front flaps is one of the vehicle’s over-the-top features. The hydraulic front flaps manage airflow and ensure aerodynamic balance.
What makes the Mustang GTD special?
There are many things that make the Mustang GTD special, one of them being its insane price tag. If you want to get your hands on this powerful vehicle, you will need to part with an estimated $300,000, a price tag that makes the GTD the most expensive Mustang ever. Secondly, Ford only plans to make a few GTDs, adding to the vehicle’s appeal even more.
The automaker intends to make about 1,000 to 2,000 units of the GTD and use an allotment system to distribute the limited vehicle. This is the same system the brand used to distribute the Ford GT. The allotment and concierge system involves potential owners filing applications, and if they meet the criteria, they get on the waiting list.
The system rewards the brand’s loyal performance car buyers and rules out car flippers. The car manufacturer has already started taking applications but has yet to take orders.
Ford CEO Farley plans on getting one for himself, with executive chairman Bill Ford also wanting one. However, potential owners will have to wait until late 2024 or early 2025 to get the vehicle.