Ford Mustang GT4 Tears Up the Track Down Under
Track-only Mustang gets a bigger Ford Performance V8, racing gearbox and trick suspension to help it battle its rivals in GT4 racing.
We’ve got it made here in the U.S. We can get the Ford Mustang in EcoBoost, GT, Shelby GT350, and, eventually, GT500 form. Our friends down in Australia aren’t so lucky. They can’t buy the Shelby GT350. There is a silver lining, though. As this carsales.com.au video shows, dedicated Aussie racers can now buy the track-focused Mustang GT4.
As its name implies, it’s designed for the GT4 racing class and can be driven in competitions including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and GT4 European Series. Multimatic builds it for Ford Performance and uses some of its own hardware as well as parts from Ford’s go-fast division. As Michael Barber, Multimatic Australia’s Vehicle Dynamics Engineering Manager explains, “The car is, essentially, 80 percent race car and 20 percent road car.”
The GT4 uses a Ford Performance 5.2-liter V8 which produces nearly 600 horsepower in max tune. A pneumatic Holinger six-speed transmission converts that output into rapid forward motion. Underneath, there’s a combination of Ford Performance suspension components and Multimatic’s trick Spool Valve dampers. The race-spec Brembos are connected to driver-adjustable ABS and race-ready traction control systems.
Bathurst racing champion Luke Youlden jumps behind the wheel to see how Australia’s most hardcore Mustang performs on a track. According to him, the GT4’s a winner, too. He thinks it’s “very well balanced. Doesn’t try to kill you at all. … You can push the limit of the ABS, the traction control.”
Host and carsales.com.au‘s editor in chief Mike Sinclair jumps in the driver’s seat next. Despite the GT4’s aggressive and intimidating looks, Sinclair finds it approachable and user-friendly. “Steering weight’s light. It’s predictable. It’s quite benign, the way it’s set up now.”
Unfortunately, it takes more than racing talent and love of the Ford Mustang to get the GT4. It also takes a lot of money—$228,529, to be exact.