Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

Twin-turbocharged V6 Ford Mustang to race in 2019

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

Ford will tomorrow announce its return to Australia’s pre-eminent motorsport category in 2019 with a racing version of the Mustang.

And in a shocking twist, the Ford Mustang is likely to be powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 rather than a V8, although the exact timing of this is unknown.

The news comes just days after Holden announced it was suspending a program to develop a turbocharged V6 engine for its new ZB Commodore, which has leaped out of the blocks and dominated the early exchanges in the 2018 championship.

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

The confirmation of Mustang and the return of Ford is a massive boost for Supercars, as the Blue Oval teams currently campaign the Ford Falcon FG X, which went out of production in 2016.

The third car on the grid is the Nissan Altima, which is also no longer sold in Australia. Nissan’s whole future in Supercars is up for review this year and it’s not looking good given poor results so far in 2018.

A lot of detail about the plans for Mustang and how it and its engine will be developed for Supercars is yet to break loose.Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

But we do know Ford will be represented in the program by its global motorsport and hot tuner division, Ford Performance, while the two main Ford Supercars teams, Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske, will play an important role.

The development of the Mustang’s aerodynamic package and the engine will be the key technical challenges for the program.

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

FORD Australia is set to announce official support for the Ford Mustang to race in Australia’s top-tier motorsport category from next year.

The two-door body is the first to be introduced in the locally-developed Supercars category since it debuted in the early 1990s as a Holden Commodore v Ford Falcon formula.

Unlike Ford’s global Mustang GT4 racer (pictured), it will be massaged to fit on the standard ‘Gen2’ spaceframe chassis and wheelbase that all Supercars are based on.

Ford has been out of Supercars since 2015 when it withdrew the last skerricks of its support for what was then called Prodrive Racing Australia (now Tickford Racing).

Its return is unlikely to involve a large direct financial contribution. Instead, it will primarily include significant technical support through Ford Performance and the local arm’s license to race the Mustang body shape.Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

While the Falcon has been the focus of much of Ford’s touring car racing activity in Australia, the Mustang also has a mighty history here.

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018:

Ian ‘Pete Geoghegan won four consecutive Australian Touring Car Championships in the 1960s in first generation Mustangs with Norm Beechey adding another in the same era.

Allan Moffat’s Coca-Cola Trans-Am Mustang was a star of the early 1970s and Jim Richards’ Sidchrome Mustang a Sports Sedan hero of the late 1970s.

More recently Dick Johnson raced a Mustang during the Group A era.

A media announcement by Ford is slated for tomorrow, where it is expected to confirm the news that both DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing will field facelifted Ford Mustangs in the Supercars championship for the 2019 season.

Motorsport outlet Auto Action broke the news this morning, citing sources within the Blue Oval’s local outfit who have dubbed the Mustang Supercar a “Commodore killer”.

Twin-turbocharged V6 Ford Mustang to race in 2019

The report states Ford’s racing Mustang will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8, which is likely to be similar to the units already used by Ford teams, shunning a twin-turbo V6.

 While not a full-blown factory effort, the Mustang Supercar is reported to have some financial support from Ford and will be a joint venture between the two leading Ford teams on the grid, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.

The news means a minimum of six Ford Mustangs will compete in the series from 2019 (two from Penske, four from Tickford). It will be the first time the iconic pony car has appeared on the grid of Australia’s premier touring car class in 33 years, and finally form a replacement for the aging FG X Falcon, of which the road-going version ended production in 2016.

Sticking with V8 power for the Mustang coincides with the shock announcement by Holden last week that it has put an end to its twin-turbo V6 engine development plans indefinitely. That news was followed by the resignation of marketing executive director Mark Harland.Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

Holden’s ZB Commodore Supercar was the center of controversy earlier in the season after Triple Eight developed composite panels to be used by Holden teams, allowing for a lower center of gravity.

Auto Action reports the Mustang Supercar will use similar methods of weight saving in its co-development by Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske.Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

Ford Mustang ‪Supercars Championship‬‬ Ford Supercars racing 2018

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