The Ford Mustang Supercar made it’s testing debut at Queensland raceway this week and received a thumbs up from all, while it’s received a thumbs up from all involved same can’t be said from the fans with mixed opinions online due to the fact they had to adopt the Mustang body to the existing Supercar Chassis the Mustang supercar doesn’t look exactly like the road including a wider stance higher roof line I’ve seen comments liking to a 2 door Falcon with a Mustang front end.
I admit it does look a little weird indeed and I’m sure it will better in race livery but still doesn’t quite look like a Mustang to me, how ever it will be good to see the Mustang on the grid next year.
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Ford Mustang Supercar completes successful first test
- Ford Mustang Supercar successfully completes first test with flying colours at Queensland Raceway, where DJR Team Penske drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard carried out crucial initial driving duties
- The Ford Mustang will compete in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which begins at the Superloop Adelaide 500 from February 29 – March 3, 2019, and will see Mustang compete for the first time in more than three decades
- Ford Performance and Ford Australia have partnered with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing in homologation of the Mustang for the 2019 Supercars season and beyond, with testing now underway ahead of its official unveiling in 2019
MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 7, 2018– The Ford Mustang has completed its inaugural test as a fully-fledged Supercar ahead of its first race in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The 2019 Mustang Supercar completed its first laps at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, ahead of its official homologation for the 2019 season.
“Today is a significant step towards an exciting 2019 for the Ford Mustang,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand. “Mustang belongs on the racetrack, and today showed a glimpse of the 2019 car ahead of its first season. The teams are doing a fantastic job in ensuring the Mustang not only makes the grid, but is a competitive, high performance package.”
A partnership between DJR Team Penske, Ford Performance, Ford Australia and Tickford Racing, the 2019 Mustang was driven by DJR Team Penske driver, and current Supercars Championship leader, Scott McLaughlin. “What an honour to be the guy to drive the very first laps of the new Mustang,” said McLaughlin following the test. “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.”
McLaughlin and fellow DJR Team Penske driver, Fabian Coulthard, shared driving responsibilities during a rigorous day of testing around the 3.1-kilometre layout. “It’s been a very productive day for us,” said DJR Team Penske manager, Ryan Story. “While the Mustang tugs at your emotions, the reality for us is that we have a job to do, and we have to get this right for the teams, the championship.”
Tickford Racing team principal, Tim Edwards, said the signs were positive. “It’s very early stages, but the car is shaping up extremely well, and we’re keen for the next test,” he said. “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.”
Ford Performance Supercars Lead Aerodynamicist, Sriram Pakkam, echoed the collaborative effort that has led to Mustang’s first test. “There’s nothing quite like having the Mustang – an actual race car on an actual track – to see the effectiveness of what we’ve done, and where we need to work on the car. It’s great to be part of such a significant model, and at a great time for Mustang in racing programs across the globe.”
The Ford Mustang celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2019, which is shaping up to be a significant year for the world’s best-selling sports car on global race circuits around the world.
“The Mustang Supercar is absolutely amazing,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Global Motorsports Director. “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.”
The 2019 Ford Mustang Supercar will make its competition debut at the 2019 Adelaide 500, which takes place from February 29 – March 3, 2019.