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