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Ford Mustang 2024: new $214,000 Dark Horse R track-only racecar revealed


A Mustang Challenge race series designed specifically for new owners of the Dark Horse R is coming but sadly the street-banned racer won’t make it to Australia

Ford has announced it will build a track-only version of its new Mustang Dark Horse: the Dark Horse R.

Designed only for track and race use, the 5.0-litre Coyote V8 Dark Horse R with manual gearbox will join the Mustang GT3 and Mustang GT4 in the racing Mustang line-up.

Ford wants to encourage Dark Horse R owners to compete in its new one-make Mustang Challenge series, which is set to kick off in 2024 with a 10 to 12 event race calendar.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse R with new Mustang 2
This is the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse R track car

Some of these events will be in conjunction with five or six IMSA North American sports car race weekends.

Dark Horse R deliveries are set to begin early in 2024 in preparation for the Mustang Challenge season.

Ford of America confirmed to Chasing Cars that the Mustang Dark Horse R will not be sold outside the USA, but if a buyer was keen enough, a car could be shipped back to Aussie soil. 

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse R rear 3/4 static
Engine outputs are likely to match the road-going Dark Horse

The road-honed Dark Horse variant, however, has been confirmed for sale in the Australian market.

The new S650-generation Mustang is scheduled to arrive here in the first quarter of 2024, after being delayed by six months.

What exactly is a Dark Horse R? What do you get for USD$145,000?

The roll caged and slick tyre-shod Dark Horse R isn’t a road-legal track car, like a Porsche 911 GT3 RS for example. Instead, owners will be restricted to using their mega Mustangs only on track.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse R side angle wheel and brakes
A special wheel, tyre and brake package is standard for the Dark Horse R

Costing USD$145,000 (AUD$214,500), the Dark Horse R is fully equipped to race straight from the factory and includes the following features as standard:


  • Recaro racing seat
  • Sparco quick release steering wheel
  • FIA racing harness
  • Fire suppression system
  • MOTEC data display and logging system
  • Full roll cage

Chassis, wheels and braking system

  • DSSV dampers
  • Adjustable anti-roll bars
  • Adjustable front camber plates
  • Brembo race rotors, callipers and pads
  • Ford Performance 19-inch wheels
  • Bespoke Michelin 19-inch slick race tyres
2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse R with new Mustang
The Ford Mustang Dark Horse R is set to cost USD$145,000

Drivetrain enhancements

  • Upgraded oil system
  • Upgraded differential cooling
  • Upgraded transmission cooling
  • Borla racing exhaust system
  • Ford Performance oil pan

The Dark Horse R features a 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine with “500+ horsepower” (372kW+), a Tremec 3160 manual transmission and Torsen limited-slip differential.

The road-going Mustang Dark Horse offers 372kW from its Coyote V8. It’s expected the R variant will use a dual-throttle body intake setup and the same connecting rods found in the full-blown supercharged Mustang GT500.