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Ford Mustang GTD Gears Up For European Debut And Nürburgring Lap Time

Key Takeaways

  • The Ford Mustang GTD will make its European debut in June.
  • Mustang supercar will go on a European tour, starting at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and concluding at the Nürburgring, where it will set an official lap time.
  • Ford will introduce a unique digital storytelling series that details the engineering and components that make the GTD so special.
  • The automaker has received more than 7,500 GTD applications in North America.

Ford has announced that the new Mustang GTD will make its European debut in June ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The muscle car turned supercar will also appear at several motorsport events, such as the 24 Hours of Spa and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, before setting an official timed lap at the Nürburgring in the fourth quarter of 2024. The Blue Oval will also take the opportunity to evaluate the Mustang GTD on European roads.

Greg Goodall, Chief Program Engineer for the Mustang GTD, says the vehicle has been tested extensively in North America, with evaluations taking place at Virginia International Raceway and Sebring International Raceway: “This has all been in service of engineering a car that can lap the Nürburgring in under seven minutes. Moving onto European roads and dedicated test sessions at the Nürburgring is the next step, ahead of a timed run later this year.”

New Digital Storytelling Series Delves Into Mustang GTD Intricacies

Aside from its European tour, the Mustang GTD will come to life in the digital world, allowing fans of the supercar to enjoy it in an immersive storytelling series that will take a deep dive into the engineering and components that make the GTD so special. Ford will use computer-generated renderings to illustrate the brakes, sophisticated suspension system, and the 800-horsepower supercharged V8.

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Ford will share these unique digital stories via its social media channels, allowing its hordes of followers to learn more about the GTD in a unique way. As the Mustang prepares to hit the European continent, the supercar has been causing a stir in its home market. The automaker has shared some insights into the Mustang GTD application process, noting it has received more than 7,500 applications from North American consumers who are interested in buying a 2025 or 2026 model.

Loads Of Interest From North American Customers

There are some interesting tidbits to be pulled from the order data. For one, more than 20% of traffic on the GTD application site comes from the motorsport community. Among potential private buyers, Ford says one in four are existing Mustang owners, with one in five claiming to own a competitor vehicle (think 911 GT3 RS) with similar performance capabilities. News regarding European market applications will reach potential customers in June.

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And it’s targeting a sub-7-minute Nurburgring time.

Mustang GTD Brand Manager Jim Owens says Ford intended to create a “road-going race car with the heart of a Mustang and the will to beat Europe’s best.” We look forward to seeing whether the GTD can live up to Ford’s expectations and lap the fearsome Nürburgring in less than seven minutes. That would be a massive achievement and put the GTD in the same territory as the razor-sharp Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar.

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