• Apr 15, 2010
Marc VDS Racing Ford Mustang GT3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford's got a rich history of competing against European machinery on their own home turf. But while the GT40 (and the more recent reborn GT) and the Cobra cut their teeth on the old continent, the Mustang is another story. Ford wants the Mustang to compete overseas, and now a Belgian-Canadian joint effort is preparing to oblige.

Canada's Multimatic racing garage has prepared this new Mustang for the Marc VDS Racing Team, a competition outfit that also fields a pair of Ford GTs in the GT1 championship, as well as teams in Moto2 and rally raids. They'll be taking this Mustang to the FIA GT3 European Championship, where it will take on the best that the likes of Porsche, Alpina, Mercedes and countless others have to throw at it on some of Europe's finest racing circuits. It's already undergoing testing at Ford's Bedfordshire test facility (curiously not Lommel Proving Grounds in the team's home country) and will be piloted by a team of Belgian and Canadian drivers.

Will the VDS Mustang GT3 prove its mettle against Europe's finest? No telling just yet, but it sure looks the business. Check it out for yourself in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.



[Source: Marc VDS Racing Team via JonSibal.com]
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The Marc VDS Racing Team's official launch at Gosselies, Belgium was the venue for the world premiere of the all-new Marc VDS Mustang GT3, which will be campaigned in this year's GT3 European Championship by Belgian Eric De Doncker and Canadian Scott Maxwell.

The latest addition to the GT3 grid weighs in at just 1350kg and features a 5.3 litre V8 engine, which produces 560BHP. These performance figures, combined with the all-new transaxle on the Ford Mustang Marc VDS GT3 guarantee that the car will be a serious contender during it's debut season.

The first car, with the chassis number MVDS001/001, was built by the team's project partner Multimatic in Canada before being shipped to the United Kingdom, where it underwent a successful initial shakedown test at Ford's European test facility near Luton, Bedfordshire.

De Doncker and Maxwell will race the #98 Ford Mustang Marc VDS GT3, while the drivers for the #99 car will be announced by the Marc VDS Racing Team shortly.

The Marc VDS Racing Team, together with Multimatic, will build additional cars to order, for customer race teams looking for a competitive GT3 package off the shelf. The cost of the Ford Mustang Marc VDS GT3 has yet to be confirmed.

For more information please contact the Ford Mustang Marc VDS GT3 Project Manager, Eric De Doncker, at eric@marcvds-group.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford is on a roll, no pun intended.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford wants to take the next gen Mustang global in a few years and this is a great way to introduce it to the Europeans and give Ford time to create a track winner... great for PR and marketing the brand!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Turn 10 Studios has another car they need to render for Forza 3!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      That giant splitter and rear wing must be there to make up for the aerodynamic deficiencies of the body. No one is going to take this seriously, no one will think of buying a mustang if they do well in this racing series, in fact they will be ultimately disappointing that the street car is a solid rear axle and shares none of the technology found in this race cars suspension. Ford does not put what its learned in racing into it's street cars. Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Austin Marten, they take GT racing seriously so they can make a better car. i don't see the point in letting a mustang in that has a completely different suspension set up, completely different chassis, and completely different drive line locations. The competition is going to be 100x closer to there production car than this will be. Bring back the Ford GT if you want to race in GT otherwise don't make a one off race car and enter it into a GT race dominated by production vehicles looking to further there car development.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, GT3 cars are built from production models.

        Mustangs last ran in GT3 two seasons ago, with a derivative of the FR500GT 'Man-Racer' (not making that name up). Body was akin to the 2008 GT500 (with similar modifications as this car), but the engine was a 5.0L Ford Racing crate engine. They were built by Multimatic as well.

        The Corvette GT3 cars are based on the Z06 (again, built off production cars, by Callaway Racing in Germany), and use the stock LS7 engines.

        Oh, and Ford GT-based GT3s have been racing for the past three seasons. Unlike the Mustangs, they use the standard 5.4L block.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "First and foremost its not a factory developed racer like Audi, BMW, Vette, Porsche & Aston so the trickle down effect from this car to a road car is irrelevant."

        Read that a few times over and let it sink in. Also the Ford GT has been out of production for 4 years, if Ford is going to go racing as a manufacture without the Mustang they're going to need a new halo car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you meant Aston Martin
        • 4 Years Ago
        absolutely correct, sometimes the auto correct on computers does not work to your advantage. Either that or i messed that up pretty good that time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cypher09:

        Bad Boy Corvette racing is running the new 5.5L engine that will most likely be put into the C7 corvette (who knows the next corvette could have coil overs all with corner weighting all around), they also ran the carbon ceramic brakes on the corvette team before they implemented them on the ZR1.

        The Porsche GT3 variations are always pulling technology from there race cars into there street cars. Look at the racing hybrid system that will probably be in a production car sooner or later.

        The point was that i am not sure that they are trying to accomplish with the Mustang other than simple publicity. They are not going to put carbon brakes or magnetic ride control on the street car, so why develop the racing chassis as such. Why brand and promote a chassis to be similar in performance to much greater GT chassis when they have a perfectly acceptable and competitive chassis for racing already developed (Ford GT). They seem to be spreading the mustang paint too thin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @redraiderguy08

        I don't disagree with you that Ford should race a factory GT40 but your argument against this car is a bit wide of the mark.

        First and foremost its not a factory developed racer like Audi, BMW, Vette, Porsche & Aston so the trickle down effect from this car to a road car is irrelevant. The splitter and wing are pure function. Seen the Ford GTR GT3 or Audi R8 LMS in person, huge front splitters and wings on cars with very slippery aero profiles.

        Since this car is being raced in FIA GT3 you can guarantee it's based on a production Mustang not a tube chassis lookalike. Corvette uses a leaf spring setup on their street cars and a coil-over arrangement on their race cars, should they give back all their Le Mans wins because they didn't run leaf springs?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing stock on this machine, it's not a mustang its a custom car. Very sexy indeed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait for it.
      Wait fot it . . . does it have IRS?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This topic deserves to be beat until Ford comes to its senses and gives the Stang an IRS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please, not another sat nav argument...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't know about the suspension, but I can assure you it doesn't have built-in sat nav. Heck it doesn't even have a radio. They should make a street legal version like this. Like Mustang on an Atom diet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes it does. Watch the video Aaron posted a link to
        • 4 Years Ago
        HA!
        That's the first thing that came to my mind too!!
        .........finally, a Mustang with an IRS, wait, it's not a mustang though - its a custom tube frame chassis with some Mustang looking fiberglass.
        It's gotta have a Ford lump though.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The press prelease refers to a transaxle. Assuming that's correct and since we know it isn't FWD, can we then infer a rear transaxle layout? If so, then it would have to have an IRS...
      • 4 Years Ago
      [quote] Aki 16Aki: This topic deserves to be beat until Ford comes to its senses and gives the Stang an IRS.[/quote]

      And an IRS is really going to do what for the Mustang? Its not going to offer any sort of earth shattering increase in performance nor is it going to massively increase the appeal of Mustang.

      At best an IRS in the next gen Mustang is a nice marketing touch (Yay... Mustang for 2014, NOW with IRS) otherwise it'll only provide incremental improvement in performance and ride.

      At worst, it means the Mustang joins a fraternity of "me too" performance cars that offer nothing more than a tired variation of the same "barbie doll" formula.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see this. I wish them all the luck. I just wish these races would be televised here. GT3 is some of the best racing in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wicked!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone who thinks the current Mustang exterior looks boring compared to it's two competitors have not seen enough pictures like these of the Mustang in racing livery. Whenever I see a Mustang GT, it recalls for me the Mustangs running in various GT classes around the world. It looks like a racer even without the racing livery, and is anything but boring. It certainly is not a parking lot poser queen like the other two.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ALMS? Please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't the ford gt's time in competition racing over. I thought a car could only for a year or two after production was stopped?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is a beast! I'll take the new Shelby if I can't have this. Heck I'll take the Shelby over any Audi anyday.

      And yes, I know this one track only.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It has a digital speedometer rather than a traditional analog one.

        You hate that kinda stuff, don't you?
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