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Ford: “Very Strong” Interest in Mustang GT3 for 2025

Ford Performance anticipating additional Mustang GT3 customers in new series next year…

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Ford Performance has received a “very strong” amount of interest from prospective customer teams to race the Mustang GT3 according to its global sports car manager Kevin Groot, who is optimistic of seeing the car in additional series next year.

Currently, the Multimatic-built GT3 car competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, with customer entries in all three series fielded by Proton Competition.

Additionally, Multimatic operates two factory Mustang GT3s in the GTD Pro class of the WeatherTech Championship.

Groot revealed to Sportscar365 that it has already surpassed the FIA’s mandated minimum production of ten cars in the first year of homologation, with Multimatic currently working on building up chassis No. 15.

“So far it’s very strong [interest],” he said. “With GT3, it’s nice to be the first team getting their cars in a championship; I understand that.

“That’s the position we’re in; I’d imagine our rivals are as well.

“We’ve got to get those cars to the right teams to spread the Mustang around.”

When asked about what particular series Ford Performance would like to be represented in beyond the current three championships, Groot said it’s ultimately up to the customers but they do have their internal wishes.

“We’ve got things in the works,” he said. “Those are not my announcements to make; those are the teams’ announcements to make. We’ll leave that for them.

“It’s got to be quality efforts, 100 percent. But it’s not our program to run. It’s customer programs so there has to be pull from them as well.

“But there’s some key series that I think we need to make sure we have cars represented in.”

Groot added that it’s “hard to say” exactly how many additional customer Mustang GT3s will be racing next year but stressed that interest levels remain high at this stage.

“There’s talks and I don’t know which ones are going, to go fully through and which ones won’t.” he said. “It could be two, it could be ten.

“I don’t think it’s ten but we’ll see.”

Sportscar365 understands that at least one car will likely be added to the WeatherTech Championship grid, with high levels of interest in Fanatec GT America and Australia as well as the European Le Mans Series.

The Mustang GT3, which claimed its first-ever podium finish in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, is set to tackle its third 24-hour race this year, in next weekend’s CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa.

“It’s crowded,” Groot said of the GT3 market. “I’ve been super impressed by the level of competition. GT World Challenge [Europe] blows my mind with the depth of competition and 50 cars all within a small margin.

“It’s a lot harder. GTE and GTLM was different because you had six manufacturers, 12 cars. Now you’re talking 50. It’s a completely different world.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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