GT3-Spec Mustangs and Corvettes May Be Competing Against Each Other in 2024


GT3-Spec Mustangs and Corvettes May Be Competing Against Each Other in 2024

Photo Credit: Richard Prince for Corvette Racing

While enthusiasts don’t usually think of Mustang and Corvette as competitors, RACER is reporting that those two models could both be competing in the GT3 category in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2024.

Naturally, company officials for both General Motors and Ford were tight-lipped about future plans, though earlier in the year, Ford Performance Director Mark Rushbrook did tell RACER:

“At the GT3 level, that is definitely of interest as we want to race Mustangs around the world, since it’s now a global sports car. Not just North America, but we sell it around the world. We’re interested in racing that and the opportunity to race that in more series. What I would say is, GT3 is a very logical place for the Mustang to race and a very logical place for us to look and certainly with what IMSA offers, even today with (the GT3-based) GTD (class), that’s a great place to race.”

RACER believes that Corvette Racing has been approved to modify its C8.R Le Mans model to compete in next year’s new IMSA GTD Pro class, which replaces GTLM for factory GT programs after this weekend’s season finale at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Rumor has it that GM will be splitting its cars in 2022, with one of its two full-time GTLM-spec C8.R IMSA entries going to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE class in IMSA and the other GTLM C8.R competing against purebred GT3 cars in GTD Pro, RACER reports.

The website also writes:

“Reluctant to convert the C8.R to GT3 for GTD Pro’s inaugural seasons, the call to develop and sell a customer GT3 version of the C8.R for 2024 also suggests GM has a plan to move the Corvette Racing factory program to GT3 as IMSA — and more than likely the FIA WEC — will rely on the popular formula for all of its top-tier GT competition.”


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