Ford Australia confirms Mustang to race in 2019 — Supercars

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Ford Australia confirms Mustang to race in 2019 — Supercars

"Next generation Fiesta ST customers will benefit from innovations developed by Ford Performance for the Ford GT supercar and Focus RS hot hatchback, including high power EcoBoost and Drive Mode technologies", said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.

The addition of the Mustang to the Cup Series will make the model the fourth Ford to race the ovals since 1972 after the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion.

Mustang's return to the championship is also made possible through Supercars' Gen2 rules platform, which opens up the championship to two-door cars and non-V8 engines, although significant work will be needed to allow the Mustang's body shape to fit over the mandated control chassis.

They are working closely with Ford Performance to develop the Supercars-spec Mustang, which will run a 5.0-liter V-8 borrowed from the Falcon-based cars.

Rumours suggest the teams are hoping to have a development auto ready for demonstration laps at the 2018 Bathurst 1000, but team principals Ryan Story (DJR Team Penske) and Tim Edwards (Tickford) said it is too early in the program to put a timeline on the car's first appearance.

There are no such issues with the ST, which has been sourced from Europe previously and will find a home here under the newly launched Ford Performance brand, along with the Focus ST and RS, Mustang and Ranger Raptor.

Ford began exporting the Mustang to global markets for the first time in 2015 and has since sold 418,000 Mustangs around the world.

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We've already written reams about Ford's first Ranger Raptor, which will also become the official recovery vehicle for next year's Supercars series.

Mustang has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011, winning championships in all but one season.

The Broadmeadows brand, which has for several years blocked the iconic model's use, announced Tuesday that the legendary "pony car" will replace the Falcon FG X as its race weapon of choice. In China the Ford Mustang was the best-selling sports coupe a year ago with 7,125 registrations.

"We're combining America's favorite sports auto with America's top stock vehicle racing series", said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford's Performance Motorsports.

Their racing Mustang will be modelled off the new 2019 model which will go on sale in Australia and New Zealand from July.

"The fact that we will be able to build and race Mustang in the 2019 Supercars Championship is music to my ears".

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