Mustang Challenge Series To Be Reborn Using The Dark Horse R

Miss the Mustang Challenge race series? It’s about to be reborn using the track-only 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse R.


The one-make Mustang Challenge series raced its final event on September 12, 2010, after three seasons of competition. It was formed through a partnership between Miller Motorsports Park in Utah and Ford Racing, fielding identically-prepared Ford Mustangs, and sanctioned by Grand Am, which later became the current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The Mustang Challenge series will again be in partnership with IMSA. It’ll be six weekends with 12 races, with a schedule to be determined after IMSA announces its 2024 schedule.

The cars will start, as before, with a common body in white. The engine, transmission, and differential will be based on the Dark Horse R equipment. It’ll be fitted with Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers and adjustable sway bars, as well as Brembo brakes. The race car will use the Dark Horse’s 5.0-liter V-8 and Tremec six-speed manual transmission.

The car and the series will slot in beneath the current GT4 Mustang, which competes in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series. The price is $145,000 for a turnkey car, a bargain if you’ve shopped for professional race cars lately. Spares packages will be available, and if the racing is like the old Mustang Challenge series, they’ll be needed.

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It seems likely the car could head to the Sports Car Club of America races too, but the SCCA hasn’t classified the Dark Horse R yet. It seems likely it could go in the T1 class.

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