What Is the Mustang GTD?

What Is the Mustang GTD?

Last Updated May 31, 2024 | Nate Moonis

Ford made it a point to emphasize that they’re focusing on motorsports with the S650 generation, and they've delivered so far. Ford has re-entered endurance racing and created a dedicated track car with its own one-make series in the Dark Horse R.

That would have been more than enough to prove that they were serious about on-track performance, but Ford has blown all of that out of the water with the announcement of the Mustang GTD.

The new Mustang GTD is based on Ford's new GT3 race car and features a ton of motorsports goodies in an absolutely bonkers, street-legal package. In this article, we're going to give you a quick rundown of the new Mustang GTD and what to expect when enthusiasts get their hands on it in 2025.

Mustang GTD Specs

2024 Mustang GTD Specs
SpecificationMustang GTD
Starting MSRP $325,000 (est.)
Engine Supercharged 5.2L V8
Horsepower 800+ hp (est.)
Transmission Tremac eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle
Oiling System Dry-sump oiling system
Front Suspension Multimatic ASV dampers with unequal-length control arms
Rear Suspension Multilink, push-rod style setup with inboard-mounted ASV dampers and coil springs
Brakes Brembo brake calipers with carbon-ceramic rotors

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Mustang GTD Performance Upgrades

Mustang GTD Performance Goals

It's important to stress that the Mustang GTD is only a Mustang in the loosest sense of the word. Almost everything on this car has been changed from the base S650 Mustang. Ford designed the GTD to challenge manufacturers like Porsche, Aston Martin, and Mercedes-Benz. Ford has set out to make a supercar, and they've succeeded.

Mustang GTD Engine

The Mustang GTD gets the same supercharged 5.2L V8 found in the Shelby GT500, but it's been slightly modified to make over 800 horsepower. Ford hasn't released a confirmed number yet, but they're targeting over 800. They've paired this V8 with an all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and a dry sump oiling system. Ford prides itself on the Mustang GTD's perfect 50-50 weight distribution, so it's also equipped with a custom Akrapovic titanium exhaust and carbon fiber driveshaft to decrease weight.

A wide-angle shot of the Mustang GTD's front end

To improve handling, Ford has completely redesigned the suspension setup of the base S650. Ford worked with Multimatic to give the Mustang GTD ASV dampers in the front with unequal-length control arms. In the rear, you can find a multilink, push-rod style setup with inboard-mounted ASV dampers and coil springs. The GTD's suspension is also adjustable. You can raise or lower the ride height of the GTD by 1.6 inches with a push of a button to ensure the optimal setup whether you're at the track or on the road.

A close-up shot of the Mustang GTD's front fender

Mustang GTD Exterior Upgrades

The body of the Mustang GTD is made up of almost exclusively carbon fiber panels except for aluminum door skins. If that isn't enough carbon fiber for you, the most expensive aero package comes with a carbon fiber underbody to channel air effectively beneath the car for maximum grip. However, the most striking feature of the GTD's exterior is the gigantic rear wing mounted to the C-pillar. This rear wing is optional and has a ton of cool tech built into it, the most impressive of which is the active drag-reduction system. The drag-reduction system, or DRS as it's commonly called, allows for the wing to change shape with the push of a button to reduce drag and increase top speed. This system is used in Formula 1 cars, so it's really cool to see it be implemented in a street-legal supercar like the Mustang GTD.

A wide-angle shot of the Mustang GTD's rear end

Along with the awesome aerodynamic upgrades, the new Mustang GTD comes with forged aluminum wheels as standard. If you want to shave even more weight, you can upgrade to beautiful forged magnesium wheels. These wheels are lighter than their aluminum counterparts to reduce unsprung weight even more. Both sets of wheels are staggered and wrapped with 325mm front and 345mm rear tires. The GTD also features huge Brembo brake calipers and large carbon-ceramic rotors to ensure the car can stop when you're using all 800 horsepower on the track. Ford has also included large vents on the front fenders and hood to keep your engine and brakes cool under heavy load.

A close-up shot of the Mustang GTD's front wheel

Mustang GTD Interior Upgrades

While we haven't seen much of the GTD's interior, there are a few things we know. The GTD is supposed to be just as much of a street car as it is a track car. I's interior still has plenty of creature comforts to make your drive more comfortable. You get Recaro front seats to keep you snug in place, but there's no room for extra passengers since there aren't any rear seats. You can also find titanium paddle shifters and a 3D-printed rotary shifter to control the all-new 8-speed transmission. We've also seen that the huge infotainment screen present in the regular S650 makes a return in the GTD.

The Fastest Production Mustang Ever

While we know a lot about the new Mustang GTD, there's still a ton that hasn't been revealed. However, Ford has confirmed that it will be the fastest production Mustang ever made. The GTD is going to start production sometime in mid-2024 and should be delivered to customers by early-2025. This article will be updated as we know more about the Mustang GTD, so be sure to check back frequently as more information comes out. Also, sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all things Mustang.

Image Credit: Ford

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