Ford Mustang GTD emerges from secret skunkworks

Mustang GTD Grille hero

The Blue Oval’s fastest road-going Mustang was the result of a small NDA program between select designers and race engineers. At the car’s premiere in Pebble Beach, CA, Ford global design director Joel Piaskowski gave CDN’s Laura Burstein the inside scoop

In the industrial Detroit suburb of Allen Park, MI, a tiny operation began in the spring of 2022: a secret project to develop the fastest, most powerful production Mustang ever. “This is a Mustang on steroids,” Ford global design director Joel Piaskowski told us in an exclusive interview during Monterey Car Week. “We developed the GTD in this metal shed away from everyone. It was a skunkwords NDA program.”

Derived from the GT3 race car revealed earlier this year which will race at Le Mans in 2024, the GTD is a street-legal Mustang with features that carry over from the race car including a carbon fibre body, magnesium wheels, and a carbon-fibre driveshaft. It’s powered by a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 internal combustion engine, with power sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed transaxle.

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