Mus­tang su­per­car

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

TIME is run­ning out for the Ford Mus­tang to join the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Supercars Cham­pi­onship in 2018, ad­mits Team Penske pres­i­dent Tim Cin­dric.

The Amer­i­can gi­ant ex­pects to con­tinue with its cur­rent Fal­cons in 2018 un­less the Mus­tang gets the green light from Ford Aus­tralia within the next month.

Penske’s Shell V-Power Rac­ing and fel­low Ford Supercars team Pro­drive have col­lab­o­rated on fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies into a Mus­tang pro­gram, which needs Ford’s bless­ing to go ahead.

The Blue Oval with­drew its sup­port from Supercars rac­ing at the end of 2015 but con­tin­ues to en­joy sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess thanks to the two pri­vately funded squads run­ning Fal­cons.

“At this point I don’t see that we will be run­ning any­thing dif­fer­ent from what we have on track to­day,” Cin­dric told of his team’s 2018 plans.

“There has been a lot of dis­cus­sion about Mus­tangs and all that stuff.

“I wouldn’t say it’s 100 per cent over but at this point in time it’ll prob­a­bly be the same as what we’re run­ning now (FG X Fal­cons).

“I think the win­dow is clos­ing very quickly for Mus­tang. Any­thing beyond May I think be­comes un­re­al­is­tic to do a good job.”

Cin­dric af­firmed that Penske has made its de­sire to in­tro­duce the Mus­tang known to Ford bosses in the US, where Penske spear­heads its NASCAR pro­gram.

Cur­rently the two Supercars teams have only an in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty deal with Ford that al­lows them to use the Fal­con body and Blue Oval lo­gos.

“It’s no sur­prise to any­body what we’d like to do and what the cat­e­gory would like to do,” said Cin­dric when asked of dis­cus­sion with Ford in the US.

Cin­dric is how­ever con­fi­dent that the Mus­tang Su­per­car body will fit over the cur­rent con­trol chas­sis.

It’s un­likely the Ford Mus­tang will be a force in 2018 but there is hope the pony car will line up in 2019.

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