DEARBORN, Mich. – Sparco, a global leader in motorsports wear and equipment, and Ford Performance, the high-performance division of Ford Motor Company, are excited to announce a formal relationship beginning with the North American Mustang GT3 factory race program taking place in the IMSA sanctioned GTD Pro category.
In an “Official Supplier” role, Sparco will provide technical racewear and team apparel for the Ford Multimatic Motorsports GTD Pro program. The agreement will have instant impact track-side as the team makes it’s racing debut at the iconic Rolex 24 At DAYTONA this weekend, which simultaneously serves as the season kick-off of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Sparco has long served as a supporter on various Ford Performance programs, and the announced partnership is a continuation of a successful collaboration that spans decades. Ford Performance based projects that have benefitted from Sparco’s signature safety, quality and style, which include an extensive relationship with the M-Sport run FIA World Rally Championship program featuring the Puma Rally1 Hybrid and outfitting the global Ford GT driver line-up.
Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports
“All of us at Ford and Ford Performance are proud of our roots as a family company. Having dedicated partners, like Sparco, who share our determination and passion in both global motorsports and road car programs is what helps carry on that legacy. Ford Performance and Sparco jointly embrace a commitment to excellence, fostering continuous innovation both on and off the track and we are excited about what the future holds.”
Aldino Bellazzini, Sparco President and CEO:
“The announcement of the partnership with Ford Performance is the result of a union between two entities that share a common passion for excellence and a determination to achieve extraordinary performance. Together, Sparco and Ford Performance are committed to pushing every limit with constant research and development, bringing cutting-edge innovation and style to global motorsport.”
Most recently, Sparco has become a supplier for Ford Performance specialty track-only vehicles like the Ford GT Mk IV and the newest sports car racer in Mustang Dark Horse R.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for customers and deepen their loyalty. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, along with connected services. The company does that through three customer-centered business segments: Ford Blue, engineering iconic gas-powered and hybrid vehicles; Ford Model e, inventing breakthrough EVs along with embedded software that defines exceptional digital experiences for all customers; and Ford Pro, helping commercial customers transform and expand their businesses with vehicles and services tailored to their needs. Additionally, Ford is pursuing mobility solutions through Ford Next, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 177,000 people worldwide. More information about the company and its products and services is available at corporate.ford.com.
About Ford Performance
Ford Performance is based in Dearborn, Mich. It is responsible for Ford’s performance vehicle development and major racing operations globally, including NASCAR, IMSA, SRO British GT, FIA World Rally Championship, Supercars Championship, World of Outlaws, Ultra4, SCORE-International, FIA Rally-Raid, Formula Drift, NHRA, Rebelle Rally, Thailand Super Series and our latest commitment in Formula 1 with RedBull Ford Powertrains. Ford Performance also maintains a constantly evolving fleet of electric performance demonstrators to showcase the limits of electrification technology. In addition, the organization also oversees the development of Ford's racing engines, as well as the outreach programs with all Ford Clubs and Ford enthusiasts. For more information regarding Ford racing's activities, please visit Performance.Ford.com or follow @FordPerformance on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.
Since 1977 Sparco S.p.A. has been developing and producing equipment for the racing environment and now it has more than 300 partner teams in various motorsport competitions worldwide (F1, Indy, WRC, NASCAR, Dakar and many others) and customers all over the world who use and adopt its products.
Since 2000 the Sparco Group has diversified its activities to enter decisively into the carbon fibre automotive components sector for the most important manufacturers of super sports and luxury cars, while in recent years it has expanded its activities to the simulation racing sector and the safety clothing industry (safety footwear and workwear). The Group is headquartered in Volpiano, Torino province, Italy, and has more than 1600 employees working in nine production facilities (four in Italy, four in Tunisia and one in the US). Sparco’s commercial presence is global.
Global Ford Performance Motorsport Communications
Sparco Communication Manager