GT4 European Cup
Maserati, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, Nissan
Based on the race- and championship-winning Mustang FR500C that competes in the Grand Am KONI Challenge, the FR500GT4 is homologated for GT4 European Cup competition. Competing overseas against brands such as Porsche, Maserati, BMW, Lotus and Aston Martin, driver Eric de Doncker and his FR500GT4 captured four race victories and eight podium finishes en route to winning the inaugural series championship in 2007.
The GT4 European Cup was created to extend the proven GT3 concept to a less expensive second-tier GT category of racecar with an emphasis on reduced costs, high reliability and the use of production parts. The technical formula allows the development of street-legal cars for racing with the goal being to provide a balanced level of performance for all competitors. Race preparation is concentrated on braking and transmission systems, dampers and safety elements (cockpit, fuel tank, etc.) while leaving the engine in its original form as much as possible. Furthermore, the original aerodynamics of a car must also be maintained, therefore no wings or spoilers shall be permitted unless they are an integral part of the original bodywork of a basic model.
Ford Racing partnered again with Multimatic Motorsports to homologate the FR500C/GT4 for GT4 European Cup competition and has assisted in the homologation of competition Mustangs for FIA GT3 and Grand-Am competition.