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Ford Oz re­veals what has stalled its fac­tory-built blown Pony

Motor (Australia) - - CONTENTS - By DANIEL DEGASPERI illustration BREN­DON WISE

No su­per­charger for Aussie ’Stangs, KTM now avail­able

PUN­TERS want­ing to power-up their pony cars with of­fi­cial Ford Per­for­mance parts will still be look­ing up Her­rod Per­for­mance’s phone num­ber, with Ford Aus­tralia con­firm­ing its own ef­forts to of­fer su­per­charg­ers through deal­ers has stalled.

Ford Aus­tralia des­per­ately wanted to of­fer a war­ranty-backed 500kW Mus­tang Roush lo­cally, but says Aus­tralian De­sign Rules (ADRs) have now killed off any chance of the su­per­charged V8 Pony hit­ting lo­cal deal­er­ships in an of­fi­cial Blue Oval ca­pac­ity.

It comes as a blow to Ford’s Aus­tralian arm and its deal­ers, still try­ing to fill the fast-car void left by its tur­bocharged six-cylin­der and su­per­charged V8 per­for­mance Fal­con mod­els.

The Roush Per­for­mance Stage 3 su­per­charger kit was al­ready tested by Ford Aus­tralia at its You Yangs proving ground in Vic­to­ria more than one year ago, with ap­proval from its Dear­born head­quar­ters to pro­vide a full driv­e­line war­ranty and al­low deal­ers to fit the $54,990 Mus­tang GT with what would be known as a ‘per­for­mance pack­age’, tak­ing the of­fi­cial fight to HSV.

The kit, al­ready of­fered in the lo­cal mar­ket, un­der war­ranty and ADR com­pli­ant, by im­porters like Her­rod, takes the 5.0-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8’s power from 306kW to a su­per­charged 500kW, or 670

horsepower in the old money.

In March 2016, Ford Aus­tralia pres­i­dent and CEO Graeme Whick­man told Aus­tralian me­dia: “I think it’s a fair bet to say that we’re look­ing pretty hard at that [Mus­tang Roush] and we’re pretty ex­cited. We’re work­ing on it and I feel con­fi­dent that we might have some­thing to talk about in the com­ing months.”

But months ticked on and Ford Aus­tralia would only, bluntly, say ADRs were hold­ing up the process. The com­pany has now re­vealed Aus­tralia’s drive-by noise reg­u­la­tions shot down the Mus­tang Roush be­fore it could bolt from the of­fi­cial sta­ble.

“We in­ves­ti­gated the su­per­charger … how­ever we have

to of­fer the same level of sup­port and ser­vice whether [own­ers are] driv­ing a Mus­tang straight off

the show­room floor, or look­ing to per­son­alise it,” a Ford Aus­tralia spokesper­son told MO­TOR.

“We have to en­sure that any ad­di­tional parts avail­able to fit Mus­tang through a Ford dealer in­te­grate prop­erly with the rest of the ve­hi­cle in an ef­fec­tive way, and that they meet the strin­gent stan­dards that are set for OEMs [Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers].”

Ford says it must meet a dif­fer­ent set of rules than third-party im­porters adding sep­a­rate tun­ing kits to an al­ready pur­chased car. The spokesper­son said noise reg­u­la­tions were the only prob­lem.

“If we can­not en­sure that a par­tic­u­lar part meets the reg­u­la­tions de­manded of an OEM, we won’t be able to sat­isfy the cri­te­ria that peo­ple ex­pect from a brand-new, fac­tory-backed ve­hi­cle,

and won’t put that part on the car.”

It’s a big win for lo­cal tun­ing out­fits such as Her­rod or Mus­tang Mo­tor­sport, who are able to of­fer ADR-com­pli­ant su­per­charger kits, more or less iden­ti­cal to those on Ford Aus­tralia’s wish­list, due to the slightly dif­fer­ent test­ing pro­ce­dures they are sub­ject to.

Al­though there are even ques­tion marks over how the reg­u­la­tions dif­fer for dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties like an OEM or an in­de­pen­dent im­porter.

MO­TOR will of­fer some clar­ity on this in next month’s is­sue.

With no RHD Shelby Mus­tang pro­gram, Ford Aus­tralia looks like it’s out of op­tions for a fac­tory-backed fast Mus­tang

Pun­ters for­tu­nately have the tal­ented lo­cal af­ter­mar­ket to con­tinue ser­vic­ing their pow­ered-up pony car needs

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