Maximum Mustang: The Mustang GTD Is an 800-hp Racer for the Street

The Shelby GT500 is a famously fast Mustang, but this new Mustang GTD looks to be the peak combustion Mustang.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

August 21, 2023

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If combustion-powered enthusiast cars are headed to the metaphorical junkyard, Ford is ensuring that its legendary Mustang goes out on a high note, with the introduction of the Mustang GTD.

It is an 800-horsepower race-replica packing technology that isn't even legal in racing to create the fastest production Mustang in history.

The GTD is packing incredible upgrades from other Mustang models, including the speedy Dark Horse. These include lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, 800-horsepower (estimated) supercharged 5.2-liter V8, a rear-mounted 8-speed dual-clutch transaxle, an active rear wing, double wishbone front suspension in place of the regular MacPherson struts, pushrod-actuated inboard rear suspension in place of the regular car’s multi-link arrangement, available forged magnesium wheels and titanium exhaust, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and more.

There are goodies inside the car too, to remind the driver of the amazing hardware beneath the skin. This includes 3D-printed paddle shifters, rotary dial shifter, and serial number plate made using titanium salvaged from scrapped Lockheed F-22 fighter jet parts.


“Mustang GTD shatters every preconceived notion of a supercar,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “This is a new approach for us. We didn’t engineer a road car for the track, we created a race car for the road. Mustang GTD takes racing technology from our Mustang GT3 race car, wraps it in a carbon fiber Mustang body, and unleashes it for the street.”

The car was created when Farley was inspecting the company’s program to develop the Mustang GT3 race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and asked what it would take to create a street-legal version of that machine for customers.

The GTD is the result. It takes its name from the racing category in which the Mustang GT3 competes.

Ford partnered with Multimatic to build the GTD. That’s the same company that supplies the Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) shock absorbers and that builds the 2016-present Ford GT and the Mustang GT3 race cars.

The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD will be available in late 2024 or early 2025, with a list price of $300,000. Click through the photo gallery for additional details.

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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