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Ford Mustang to take on Australian Supercars series from 2019

Ford Mustang to take on Australian Supercars series from 2019

The Mustang Supercars program will be overseen by the company's global performance operation, Ford Performance, which has also been launched in Australia and New Zealand as an official brand.

The announcement confirms the Ford brand's return to active involvement in the sport after it withdrew its support from Supercars in late 2014.

The new Ford Mustang will make its Australian track debut at the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Adelaide 500.

While sports cars have traditionally skewed toward male buyers in the United States, Mustang is increasingly finding favor with women.

The brand will also supply both financial and technical assistance to leading Ford-aligned teams Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske to develop the racing version of the vehicle.

Ford has announced that the Ford Mustang was the world's best selling sports coupe in 2017, which marks the third year in a row that the Mustang has nabbed the title.

Ford began exporting the Mustang to global markets for the first time in 2015 and has since sold 418,000 Mustangs around the world. It'll make its official points-race debut at the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2019.




Talks to bring Ford back into the Supercars fold started late previous year.

"We're in partnership", said Mr Whickman, who declined to specify how long the deal would extend for. Ford also says it's seen a 10 percent increase in the number of women shelling out for the sports auto over the past five years. "Mustang is a ideal fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow".

Ford has not finished testing the new Mustang, although a formal submission is due to NASCAR this summer.

It'll be powered by the same 5.0-litre Ford Racing V8 that propels the FG-X, with Ford ruling out a switch to any other form of powerplant in the foreseeable future, despite Ford Performance running a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine its its GT GT3 program.

New-generation Ford Focus ST and RS (and potentially Fiesta RS) hot hatches are expected to follow, as is an ST version of Ford's belated Territory replacement - the Endura due here later this year - as previewed by North America's new Edge ST. Don't expect to see him back behind the wheel, however.

Rookie privateer teams 23Red Racing and Matt Stone Racing also run a single Falcon each, but are unlikely to switch cars after just a single year.

There are several teams that could theoretically switch allegiances for 2019, but the big issue is money.


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