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 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.