Ford Mustang GT4 Nearing Final Homologation

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The Ford Mustang GT4 is “very close” to receiving final homologation from the SRO, according to Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak, who has revealed European launch plans for the Multimatic-built car.

While having debuted in January’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opener at Daytona and claiming victory one race later at Sebring, the new-gen Mustang has been running under national homologation by IMSA, as well as Pirelli World Challenge in its GTS class, while it seeks full GT4 approval.

Pericak said he expects everything to be finalized within the next month.

“It’s very close,” he told Sportscar365. “We had a little bit of an issue with the oil tank, and that’s what delayed it.

“We relocated the oil tank. It was behind the bulkhead, behind the driver, but now it’s up in front. That’s all been sorted, so we’re very close to final homologation.

“We just sold a couple more but we’re trying to go slow until we get the homologation locked down.”

A total of two cars have so far been produced, which are currently both in the hands of Dean Martin’s KohR Motorsports team and have recently been loaned out to PWC teams for evaluation races.

Pericak said he expects strong sales for the car but would not be drawn on a target number, other than admitting they will “definitely” be in the double-digits.

“The demand has been high and we’re going to start seeing quite a few sales in Europe,” he said. “I don’t want to call a number but I do expect to see some strong sales of the car.”

One of the big areas of growth, he said, is in Europe, with Ford currently working on a launch program for later this year that would include race outings to “get customers to interact with the vehicle.”

Pericak said they’re in communications with a company that would provide technical support for European teams. He indicated it wouldn’t be Multimatic, despite the Canadian-based firm having multiple operations across Europe.

“There’s been a ton of interest from Europe, but we just haven’t accepted orders yet,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of people who have called us. There’s no question this car will sell.”

8 Comments

  1. susafan

    June 9, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Now all we need is an EcoBoost car in next years ADAC 24 hours. I don’t care whether it’s a Ford GT-LM, turbocharged Mustang GT3 or a Mondeo on steroids. Come on Ford, you guys have got such a big racing tradition over here in Germany, you’ve got to do it!

    • Andy Flinn

      June 9, 2017 at 5:08 am

      Cheer up, susafan. You’ve got the Callaway Corvettes to enjoy in AFAC over there in Germany.

      Even though they’re Corvettes, we’ll probably never get to see the Callaway cars race in PWC or IMSA GTD.

      • Steve R

        June 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

        No those Callaway Corvettes are prohibited from racing in North America.

        • Amaury Diaz

          June 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

          Wrong. They are not permitted to race in any US sanctioned race but they can race in any Euro series that race in USA. The got authorization from GM to race in the endurance event from SRO or another Euro championship that will race in COTA later this year.

  2. WBrowning

    June 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Isn’t that only because they don’t fit into any class running in IMSA or PWC?

    • Psychlops924

      June 9, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Do you mean the Callaway Corvette or the Mustang GT4? Because they both fit into IMSA and PWC. The Mustang runs in the CTSC GS class in IMSA and GTS class in PWC. The Callaway Corvette is GT3 spec, meaning it would fit GTD class in IMSA and GT class in PWC. GM don’t want it in America however, because in IMSA it’d be racing alongside the factory Corvette Racing C7.R GTE spec cars (aka GTLM), and in PWC it’d be racing against the factory Cadillac ATSV.R GT3’s

      • Andy Flinn

        June 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm

        Psychlops924, I heard a rumor that the Callaway Corvette doesn’t race in GTD because Callaway won’t pay the $1 million fee required by IMSA to race in that class.

        However, considering the fact that Pratt and Miller PWC Cadillacs aren’t currently raced by privateers in GTD either (with no plans to sell them to any GTD privateets in the future), I think there’s much more to the story than a fee.

  3. Anthony Blair Thomas

    June 15, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    When did a story about Ford become a story about GM? Stop that nonsense.

    Matech was the team Ford worked with the GT500 GT3 car. But since the man that started Matech and built his own Ford GT died there hasn’t been anybody stepping forward.

    There is a privately entered and built Mustang in VLN.

    Anyway I expect at a French, Dutch or German team be the technical IE team to run the car(s) in Europe. I was watching European GT4 looking for the Mustangs but they have been delayed so that makes sense to see them towards the end of the GT4 season.

    The French, British, Dutch and Belgians have strong connections to Ford Motor Company.

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