What’s better than a Ford Mustang? Not much, to the legions of the pony-car faithful around the world. But a racing Mustang might be up there. Like the one that Ford’s preparing for Australia’s Supercars championship.
With the Falcon now a thing of the past, Ford Performance is developing the Mustang as its replacement for the highly competitive touring-car series Down Under. And it’s now taken it out on the track for the first time – still wrapped in camouflage – before it’s ready to take on next year’s calendar.
“What an honour to be the guy to drive the very first laps of the new Mustang,” said DJR Team Penkse’s current championship-leader Scott McLaughlin, who shared the wheel with his teammate Fabian Coulthard (cousin to former F1 driver David) during the test session. “Not only does it just look right, and sound awesome, but it feels right too – in terms of balance, settings – we’re starting off a great base as we develop the car for next year.”
Once testing is complete, the Mustang Supercar is set to make its race debut at the Adelaide 500 to be held at the end of February, when it will face off against similarly prepared racing versions of the Nissan Altima and the new Insignia-based Holden Commodore.
“The Mustang Supercar is absolutely amazing,” said Ford Performance global motorsports director Mark Rushbrook. “It joins the Mustang GT4, which we had the honour of showing at Bathurst this year, as well as our new NASCAR and NHRA Mustang in 2019. There’s a lot going on for Mustang, and to have the first Supercars test such a productive and rewarding step, fans have a lot to look forward to.”