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It’s not just custom pony cars at the 2016 SEMA Show, as Ford Performance unveiled its new, track-ready turnkey Mustang race car at the annual Las Vegas exhibition.

The Ford Mustang GT4 has been designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports car championship racing series globally, including the GT4 European Series. The Mustang GT4 puts Ford head-to-head with established race cars from Porsche and Aston Martin – in a mirror of the FIA World Endurance Championship, where the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT takes on the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, Porsche 911 RSR and Ferrari 488 GTE.

The race Mustang is inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship in the US last month.

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“As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence. The Mustang GT4 is equipped to compete and win on tracks around the globe, and we expect it to be as popular with racers as its production sibling is with consumers,” said David Pericak, global director of Ford Performance.

The Mustang GT4 is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 5.2 litre V8 racing engine specifically tuned for GT4 competition. The race engine was engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.

A lightweight, compact six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission delivers proven race durability with direct-pneumatic activation for fast, positive and consistent gear shifts. The GT4 powertrain also carries a dry sump oiling system, ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.

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Chassis features on the Mustang GT4 include Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic for advanced predictability, accuracy, repeatability and ultimate vehicle control, Ford says. There are also rear lower control arms designed specifically for coil-over springs and front/rear stabiliser bars from Multimatic. At each corner are lightweight forged alloy wheels from Forgeline as well as rotors and six-piston calipers from Brembo.

Aerodynamic enhancements on the Mustang GT4 include a rear wing, the design of which was derived from lessons learned by the Ford GT racing program, front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser. Inside, the global race car carries a full FIA-compliant roll cage and race-oriented dash logger from MoTeC.

It will be quite a sight, the ‘Stang on track with the usual European GT racing suspects.

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