The Mustang will replace the Ford Falcon at next year’s Australian Supercars championship.
Next year, the Ford Mustang will make its racing debut at the top-tier NASCAR Cup racing series, replacing the retired Ford Fusion. It's a similar story in Australia, as the mighty Mustang will be replacing the legendary Ford Falcon in next year's Supercar championship.
Ahead of its racing debut in the Australian touring car series next year, Ford Performance has unleashed a camouflaged prototype of its new Mustang racer featuring a ginormous rear wing at the Queensland Raceway circuit. Behind the wheel during the car's first track test was current championship leader Scott McLaughlin and his teammate Fabian Coulthard (the cousin of former F1 driver David Coulthard).
"What an honor to be the guy to drive the very first laps of the new Mustang," said McLaughlin. "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."
After its first track test, the Mustang Supercar will undergo its official aerodynamic homologation next month before its racing debut at the Adelaide 500 next February, where it will compete against 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 honor 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."
"It's very early stages, but the car is shaping up extremely well, and we're keen for the next test," Tim Edwards, Tickford Racing team principal, added. "The Mustang resonates with fans, and we know that circulating won't be enough – Mustang has to be gunning for race wins, championships and of course Bathurst, and everyone involved is working tirelessly to make this happen. It's a great team effort."