Mustang for Supercars
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.