If you want competition-style telemetry without having a dedicated track car, the new Ford Performance app offers a compromise. It debuts first on the Ford GT in 2017.
The Ford Mustang has a long legacy of being one of the most versatile performance platforms on the planet. Whether the owner wants to go drag racing or carve corners at a circuit, the right mods can take the Blue Oval’s pony car to the finish line. For customers who want to hit the track and start competing immediately, the company is introducing the new Mustang GT4 at the 2016 SEMA Show. In addition, drivers who want to know more about what their vehicle is doing might benefit from the upcoming Ford Performance smartphone app.
The Mustang GT4 gives racers a complete package that they can buy and start competing in series like the Grand Sport class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, and GT4 European Series. These coupes use a 5.2-liter V8 that's similar to the road-going Shelby GT350, except this racing mill has a cross-plane crankshaft rather than a flat-plane design. Power routes to the rear through a six-speed Holinger paddle-shift transmission. Multimatic Motorsports, which is the crew that builds the Ford GT race cars, also tunes the GT4’s suspension by installing upgraded components for the dampers, lower rear control arms, and stabilizer bars.
The Mustang GT4 certainly looks track ready. The body features a much more aggressive front splitter and a louvered hood, which keeps the sonorous V8 a little cooler. A new rear diffuser and big wing provide extra downforce on the track. A set of 18- by 11-inch wheels with racing slicks also provide a large contact patch for better handling. Inside, there’s an FIA-compliant roll cage, Motec instruments, and antilock-braking controller.
Many customers don’t want a dedicated track car but still want to be able to keep abreast of their vehicle’s performance. For those drivers, the Blue Oval is previewing Ford Performance app at SEMA. The software connects to the Sync 3 infotainment system. Users can them mount a smartphone wherever is most convenient in the vehicle for data logging and video recording, including course overlays, timing statistics, and virtual gauges. After lapping the track, people can even share the clips and telemetry online. The tech will debut first on the Ford GT in 2017 but will eventually arrive on other models.
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All-New Ford Performance App and Global Mustang GT4 Race Car Debut at 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
New Ford Performance smartphone app bringing track-based data-logging, advanced analysis, sharing capability and video capture to the most popular platforms
Race-prepped Mustang GT4 to provide customers around the world access to turn- key Mustang eligible for competition in several motorsports series
Ford to display more than 50 builder concepts at SEMA, including a host of winning race cars and a vast collection of Ford Performance Parts
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 1, 2016 – Ford Performance debuts an all-new data-logging app and a global turnkey Mustang GT4 race car today at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. Ford is also showcasing more than 50 builder concepts based on its vehicles and winning race cars, including the Le Mans-conquering Ford GT and a vast collection of Ford Performance Parts.
The all-new Ford Performance App® brings track-based data-logging, advanced analysis, sharing capability and video capture to a user’s smartphone. It leverages the latest capability of Ford SYNC® 3 and provides intuitive controls allowing users to record and share their track accomplishments. The app will be available for the most popular smartphone platforms in 2017.
“Ford Performance wants to provide our customers a simple, shareable way to capture their track exploits,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “The ability to take their track sessions with them everywhere they go and easily share their footage and data with friends is a huge benefit of our new app.”
The Ford Performance App is based around the user’s smartphone, giving them easy access and portability to their data. Using a smartphone’s built-in camera offers mounting flexibility, letting users decide which perspective best captures the action.
The Ford Performance App features multiple recording modes and provides a host of vehicle performance data. The latest SYNC 3 technology communicates with the app – integrating performance data with course overlays, timing statistics, and on-screen virtual gauges to be shared via a user’s smartphone.
Data and video can be shared over social networks or exported easily for analysis on a personal computer. The new app launches in 2017 on the all-new Ford GT, and will migrate to other Ford products.
All-new Global Mustang GT4 racecar
The all-new Mustang GT4 turnkey race car builds on the legendary nameplate’s global reach. Mustang is one of the most prominent automobiles in the history of North American motorsports, including the SCCA Shelby GT350R of the 1960s, Trans-Am Boss 302 of the 1970s, the more recent FR500, Boss 302R and 2016 championship-winning Shelby GT350R-C. The all-new Mustang GT4 expands the pony’s stable to a global audience.
The car is based on the Shelby GT350R-C, which won its class this year in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – its first full season of competition. Featuring a 5.2-liter V8 and six-speed Holinger paddle-shift transmission, the Mustang GT4 is ready to enter any GT4 series in the world. The car can run in the Grand Sport class of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS and European GT4, to name a few.
The all-new Mustang GT4 features chassis mods from Multimatic Motorsports, including dampers, lower rear control arms and stabilizer bars. Forgeline 18- by 11-inch wheels with racing slicks put the power to the pavement. Aerodynamic aids are applied to improve downforce, including a rear wing, aggressive splitter, additional hood venting and new rear diffuser.
The interior includes a full FIA-compliant roll cage, and features motorsports engine control and an antilock-braking controller, along with a Motec dash logger.
“The new Mustang is a global vehicle,” says Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance. “Now, its growing fan base has a GT4 competition model to race and support around the globe.”