Multimatic Ford Mustang At Sebring
The Mustang that made an appearance at Sebring testing earlier this
week is sort of an orphan – writes Gary Horrocks.
In essence, as it sits right now, it is a car looking for a place
with the Rolex GT class in mind, it is based upon the stock configuration
of a street Mustang. As such, it is classified as a Prep 1 car,
but as of now the 2005 Mustang is only approved as a Prep 2, or
tube framed car.
Ford, which has taken a lot of heat for producing
a “performance” car with a live axle, is justifiably
proud of what they have accomplished on the street car, and would
prefer to race what they produce. Because the Prep 2 cars are mandated
with transaxles and independent rear suspension, Ford would see
this as a negative step in the promotion of their Mustang.
So, what was it doing at Sebring? It was in essence
an exploratory attempt to see where the car might fit in. The ALMS
gave permission for Mutimatic to run the car, but do not view this
as a sign that their commitment to the Panoz effort is wavering.
As the only place that the Mustang currently might slot into ALMS
competition is in the GT2 class, don’t expect to see that
happen, especially in the near future. GT3? Maybe, but as of now,
there is no place for that category in the ALMS. Lap times were
reported to be in the 2:15 range, right where Larry Holt of Multimatic
As an aside,
the efforts of Multimatic have brought in a larger presence from
Ford, as noted on the windshield banner on the Panoz. While it is
not to be viewed as a full factory supported program, Ford is committed
to developing their modular based V8 for competition, of which the
basic configuration is the same in both the Panoz and Mustang. As
such, Ford will be pushing the development of this motor in conjunction
with builders such as Yates, Roush and Elan.