New Ford Mustang GT 2024 will Serve as the Pace Car for the Martinsville Cup Race

New Ford Mustang GT 2024 will Serve as the Pace Car for the Martinsville Cup Race

When all three of NASCAR’s premier touring series meet this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, the brand-new 2024 Mustang GT is scheduled to make its NASCAR pace car debut.

The seventh-generation Mustang GT is slated to lead seven NASCAR events in 2023, starting with this one.

The additional NASCAR events include the Labor Day Weekend race at Darlington (September 1-3), as well as those at Talladega (April 21–23), Dover (April 29–30), Darlington (May 12–14), Nashville (June 23–25), Chicago (June 30-July 2), and Dover (April 29–30).

“We’ve had great success racing Mustang globally, including winning last year’s NASCAR championship,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “Racing leads to better products, and seeing the all-new Mustang GT set the pace in NASCAR strengthens our bond with our customers and fans.”

Most Powerful Mustang GT 5.0-liter V8: A new fourth-generation Coyote V8 engine is at the heart of what makes the all-new Mustang the most thrilling and visceral Mustang yet. The Mustang GT coupe and convertible can produce 486 horsepower and 418 ft.-lbs of torque** thanks to the optional active-valve performance exhaust system. In addition to the increase in power, the system’s free-flowing architecture produces a unique V8 sound and has the option of closing the valves to reduce the amount of noise the car makes.

The 480 horsepower* that comes standard with the Mustang GT is the highest ever for a normally aspirated V8-powered Mustang. The engine also produces 415 ft-lbs of torque, the most standard torque ever.

The fourth-generation Coyote V8 comes with a segment-first twin intake and dual throttle body induction system, as well as structural upgrades and an updated oil pan. This reduces induction loss by allowing for larger air flow rates.

The horsepower and torque numbers for the Mustang GT and Mustang Dark Horse are the same for automatic and manual gearboxes.

Behind the sculpted body of the 2024 Mustang comes the most technologically equipped, driver-centric cockpit of any Mustang to yet.

Design That Matches Power: Its low, horizontal brow across the front accentuates the vehicle’s overall frontal breadth, while the top grille’s form was inspired by the 1960s design of the original Mustang. The Tri-Bar LED headlights maintain the iconic lighting design of the Mustang. The car’s svelte roofline, wide running stance, and shorter back overhang all accurately reflect the original generation’s proportions, while the enlarged rear haunches allude to the power over the wheels in classic Mustang fashion.

The roofline is designed to allow drivers to enter and depart on the track without taking off their helmets, and an enlarged rear deck housing new, sharp tri-bar lighting and a reworked diffuser for better rear aerodynamic balance.

Inside, there’s a fighter jet-inspired digital cockpit, and there are two modern engines to choose from: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost or a 5.0-liter V8.