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Name two famous American muscle cars… Chances are, the words you just said were ‘Mustang’ and ‘Corvette’. If so you’re in luck, because brand new racing versions of these legends are going to going head to head across the globe in 2024. Both the World Endurance Championsh­ip and the IMSA Sportscar Championsh­ip in North America will boast these V8-powered leviathans in their ranks this year, going up against Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghin­i, Lexus, Mclaren, Mercedes and Porsche GT3 machinery.

In the blue (oval) corner, Ford’s Mustang GT3 started life on its Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant before Multimatic Motorsport­s took over to turn it into a thoroughbr­ed. The 5.4-litre V8 is an enlarged version of the stock Mustang GT’S ‘Coyote’ powerplant developed by Ford Performanc­e and M-sport, its long-time World Rally Championsh­ip partner. In the yellow corner, Chevrolet has built a Corvette Z06 GT3.R to the FIA’S GT3 regulation­s for the first time, built up from an aluminium chassis produced at Chevy’s Bowling Green factory in Kentucky, and developed by Pratt Miller Motorsport­s. It boasts a 5.5-litre flat plane crankshaft DOHC V8 – designated LT6 – which shares 70% of its components with the standard Z06 motor.

Some cracking driver line-ups have been assembled across each series, starring Earl Bamber, Nicky Catsburg, Charlie Eastwood, Antonio Garcia, Dani Juncadella, Tommy Milner, Alexander Sims and Nico Varrone in the ’Vettes. They’ll be up against Ben Barker,

Joey Hand, Christophe­r Mies, Dirk Muller, Andy Priaulx, Mike Rockenfell­er, Harry Tincknell and Frederic Vervisch in the ’Stangs.

Not long to wait now until the Daytona 24 Hours, where the gloves come off and these two fierce rivals begin to duke it out. Can’t wait!

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’Vette and ’Stang will battle it out in WEC and IMSA
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Charles Bradley

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