Ford Motor Company has revealed a street-legal race car, called the Mustang GTD. This all-new limited-run, road-legal model is based on the Ford Mustang GT3 race vehicle. However, because it is not subject to the same racing rules as its race equivalent, the GT3, it has more downforce, better active aero, more power, and bigger brakes. The heart of the street-legal track car is a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine. Although the precise power output is not known yet, it is expected that the car would have a maximum power output of over 789bhp, making it the most potent Mustang the manufacturer has ever produced. Ford has optimised the weight distribution to bring it closer to 50/50 by shifting the transmission to the back in a transaxle configuration. It features an eight-speed and a dual-clutch. Let's look at other details of this limited-edition model.
2025 Ford Mustang GTD: Design
This brand-new street-legal variant of the Ford Mustang GTD has been developed and engineered by Ford Performance and Multimatic. The car's body is made of carbon fibre, which contributes to its lightweight. Door sills, front splitter, hood, fenders, roof, trunk lid, and rear diffuser are all made up of lightweight elements. The company also offers upgrades, such as carbon fibre front and rear fascia components.
Additionally, buyers can also request an aerodynamics kit, which includes a carbon fibre underbody tray, an active rear wing, and a hydraulically-operated front flap. Chosen GTD customers can pick any shade for their vehicle. Inside, the GTD comes with Miko suede, leather, and carbon fibre. There are now Recaro seats for passengers, and the back bench has been removed.
The carmaker claims that Ford and Multimatic, who created the Mustang GT3, Mustang GT4, and Le Mans-winning Ford GT, collaborated to design and engineer this new road-legal model. According to the brand, the new Mustang GTD is the product of decades of engineering development stemming from continual learning via racing. It further claims that the new model has been made with purpose and accuracy and will go down in the history of both Mustang and Ford as an iconic model.
2025 Ford Mustang GTD: Powertrain & Hardware
The car is powered by a 5.2-litre V8, which is expected to deliver over 789bhp. According to Ford, 'The engine’s more than 7,500rpm redline generates exceptional notes through the available titanium active valve exhaust system.'
For suspension, there is a short-long arm system upfront, an inboard-mounted (above the transaxle) multilink rear suspension with integral link pushrods, and rocker arms mounted inside a tubular subframe. There are Multimatic active spool-valve dampers at each corner. The car can be lowered by 1.6 inches while in Track mode and has hydraulically adjustable ride heights for the road and racing. The spring rates can also be changed by the driver. In track mode, the variable traction control system, which also affects engine power, can be adjusted using the steering wheel. The GTD uses the new Mustang's electrical architecture, allowing for OTA updates and a variety of driver-selectable performance settings.
The front tyres of this Mustang GT are 12.8-inch (325mm) wide, while the rear tyres are 13.58-inch (345mm) wide. It gets 20-inch forged aluminium wheels as standard. In addition, a set of optional forged magnesium wheels with Y-shaped spokes, identical to those on the GT3 race car, are also available. For braking duties, it gets carbon-ceramic brakes by Brembo as standard.
Greg Goodall, Ford's chief program Engineer, while commenting on the hardware said, 'The hardware has been carefully selected and developed to enable blistering lap time performance. The target for this project was clear – to go much, much faster than we’ve ever gone before with a targeted sub-7-minute Nürburgring time.'