The 2024 Mustang GT is going to the the official pace car for the upcoming NASCAR races at the Martinsville Speedway. In terms of races, the Mustang will lead the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Craftsman Truck Series events.
2024 Ford Mustang GT Pace Car : More Details
In terms of visual changes, the first thing to notice is the Grabber Blue body. It comes with dark blue stripes on the front while each rear fender comes with a stylised horse logo as well. Ford has kept the grille, roof, rear spoiler and wheels black. The brake calipers are painted in blue. Additionally, to better manage its pace car duties, there is a low profile light bar on the roof as well.
Powertrain of the 2024 Ford Mustang GT Pace Car
As the name implies, the car is based on the GT model which comes with a 5.0-liter V8 engine. This motor is good for 486 HP and 418 lb-ft. of max torque. The extra figures are due to the optional active performance exhaust. If this option is not selected, the engine will develop 480 HP and 415 lb-ft.
Mustang Pace Car at NASCAR
Apart from this weekend, the latest Mustang GT will also do the pace car duties at six other NASCAR events all through 2023. These include the April 21-39 Talladega, April 29-39 Dover, May 12-14 Darlington, June 23-25 Nashville, June 30-July 2 Chicago and September 1-3 at Darlington.
Other versions of the 2024 Ford Mustang GT
Customers will be able to choose from two more engine options apart from the GT’s 5.0-liter V8. These include the 2.3-liter EcoBoost good for 315 HP and 350 lb-ft. The other option is the range toppling 5.0-liter V8 making a massive 500 HP and 418 lb-ft. of peak torque.
Ford might also surprise us and launch two new Mustangs with a wider track and reprofiled front fascia. One of these could be the Shelby GT500. One more rumor is the road-legal version of the Mustang GT3 race car. However, this is very preliminary and more details are awaiting on these developments.