The Ford Mustang will be appearing in the Virgin Australia 2019 Supercars championship after aerodynamic tests conducted over a number of days demonstrated that the body shape of the Mustang is equivalent to the Holden ZB Commodore and Nissan Altima in performance.
The days of motor races decided mainly by the faster vehicle are far in the past.
The Mustang will debut at the Adelaide 500 at the end of February 2019. Adios to the Ford Falcon sedans.
The runners of the Supercars series was considered an important element to the championship and the public relations statement from Supercars headquarters is clearly aimed at igniting the interest of the motor racing public.
Scott McLaughlin will defend his 2018 Supercars Championship from the seat of a Mustang.
It is a sign of the series’ continued tinkering. The 2018 season saw the debut of the Gen 2 Supercar, allowing more opportunities to experiment with different body shape and engines.
It was the first year when something other than a four-door sedan was raced, a hatchback Commodore. The two-door Mustang departs even further from tradition.
Most of the development on the new Mustang was done by DJR Team Penske in modifying the car to race in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Tickford Racing and the Ford Performance Division were involved as well.
According to a statement provided by AAP, Supercars CEO said, “This is the final step in seeing the iconic Ford Mustang back on Australian race circuits and we can’t wait to see it in its full glory at the Adelaide 500 next year.”
Supercars moved fast on this one. Several months ago, the discussion surrounding the appearance of the Mustang was mostly speculative, although the appeal of seeing an iconic model that is available for transportation duties by the public is sound.