Mus­tang for Su­per­cars

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Ford Australia is of­fi­cially launch­ing the Ford Per­for­mance brand in New Zealand and Australia with a flurry of new mod­els and com­pe­ti­tion part­ner­ships, as well as an­nounc­ing that it will con­tinue in Su­per­cars us­ing the Ford Mus­tang.

“Ford Per­for­mance’s di­verse line-up of ve­hi­cles re­flects cus­tomer feed­back that Aus­tralians and New Zealan­ders are look­ing for ad­vanced, ef­fi­cient, per­for­mance mod­els across all types of ve­hi­cles,” said Ford Australia pres­i­dent and CEO, Graeme Whick­man.

“Ford Per­for­mance is about tech­nol­ogy, innovation and prod­uct per­for­mance and to show­case our con­fi­dence in our per­for­mance range, we are bring­ing Mus­tang and the Ranger Rap­tor to the Su­per­cars se­ries,” he said. While the Mus­tang will be a race car, the Rap­tor will be on track as the Of­fi­cial Re­cov­ery Ve­hi­cle for the se­ries.

The new Ford Mus­tang will make its Aus­tralian track de­but at the first round of the Su­per­cars Se­ries in March 2019 at the Ade­laide 500. Ford Australia and Ford Per­for­mance are work­ing with DJR Team Penske and Tick­ford Rac­ing in ho­molo­ga­tion of Mus­tang for com­pe­ti­tion next year, as the Su­per­cars Se­ries en­ables twodoor coupes en­try into the Australia’s most pop­u­lar rac­ing se­ries for the first time since its in­cep­tion in 1997.

“There’s been a lot of spec­u­la­tion and calls for Mus­tang to be on the track, and as a Ford Per­for­mance model that’s raced around the world, it’s fit­ting that Australia’s most pop­u­lar sports car should be on our race tracks,” adds Graeme.

DJR Team Penske is the 2017 Su­per­cars teams cham­pion, while Tick­ford Rac­ing has also claimed nu­mer­ous cham­pi­onships and en­durance vic­to­ries in re­cent years.

At the same time Whick­man an­nounced Ford Per­for­mance ve­hi­cles will be avail­able in New Zealand. He said only em­ployee and tech­ni­cian train­ing would be needed for a deal­er­ship to sell Ford Per­for­mance ve­hi­cles.

“All deal­ers in both coun­tries will be able to sell these ve­hi­cles,” he said.

And Ford New Zealand has an­nounced the Fi­esta ST will join the Mus­tang mod­els, the Rap­tor, and the Fo­cus RS in Ford NZ’s Ford Per­for­mance line-up next year.

The next gen­er­a­tion Fi­esta ST will be built in Ger­many and based on the highly-praised sev­en­th­gen­er­a­tion Fi­esta – the cur­rent World Rally Cham­pion with Ford Per­for­mance part­ner, UK-based M-Sport –pow­ered by a 147kW three-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine from Ford’s EcoBoost en­gine line-up, matched ex­clu­sively to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Ford Mus­tang in rac­ing colours

The Ford Per­for­mance lineup for next year.

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