Will there be a Le Mans-inspired Mustang special?
Ford has nine exciting Gen3 Mustang variants, but Ford’s President and CEO, Jim Farley, tantalisingly hinted at even more to come – specifically, a Le Mans-inspired special edition.
Farley shared the company’s plans for the ‘S650’ Mustang, hinting at its connection to the iconic Le Mans race. Ford has already confirmed its return to the legendary 24-hour endurance race in 2024 with the new GT3-specification Mustang. Still, Farley emphasised that this endeavour signals the beginning, not the conclusion, of their ambitions.
You need a road car to go to Le Mans, but when pressed for details on this mysterious model, Farley kept his cards close to his chest. When asked if it would differ from the traditional Shelby high-performance variants, he cryptically responded, “You’ll find out.”
Farley, a fervent advocate for motorsport, emphasised the need for breakthrough technology in Ford’s quest to outshine established competitors like Ferrari and Porsche at Le Mans. He teased that whatever they unveil will be “very special,” underscoring Ford’s determination to bring a game-changing contender to the racing arena.
The speculation regarding this enigmatic addition to the Mustang family was confirmed when in June 2023, Ford unveiled the 2024 Ford Mustang GT3 at Le Mans prior to the running of the 100th Anniversary of the world-famous 24-Hour Race. The Mustang GT3 is based on the Dark Horse version of the production model which effectively replaces the S550 Mach 1 as the halo model of the line-up and is scheduled to go on sale in Australia in late 2023.