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    Mustang is go for 2019 - report

    EXCLUSIVE: FORD RETURNS WITH MUSTANG

    By MARK FOGARTY

    In a major reversal, Ford Australia is supporting the development of a Mustang racer as part of a renewed performance road car push.

    AUTO ACTION has learned that Broadmeadows will announce on Tuesday that DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing have been given the go ahead to switch to the Mustang to counter Holden’s all-conquering ZB Commodore.

    Although not full factory backed efforts, both frontline Ford teams will receive official technical and financial assistance from Broadmeadows to create a Mustang-look V8 racer that insiders are calling “a Commodore killer”.

    The Supercars Mustang will be powered by the Blue Oval’s familiar five-litre V8 rather than a localised version of the twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-litre V6 as used in the Ford GT racer.

    Ford Australia’s about face follows the declaration by DJRTP’s legendary American team owner Roger Penske – exclusively reported in AA #1732 – that the stalwart Blue oval squad could switch to ZB Commodores next year if there was no competitive Ford replacement for the FGX Falcon.

    Despite elaborate efforts to keep Tuesday’s announcement a secret, AA has uncovered the details of Ford’s return to Supercars with the Mustang through an extensive investigation during the past week.

    Multiple sources close to Ford’s revival of interest in racing and performance road cars confirmed that DJR Team Penske’s and Tickford Racing’s joint development of the Mustang racer has been finally sanctioned and supported by Broadmeadows.

    It is more than a coincidence that AA’s repeated efforts to contact the principal players at Ford Australia, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing were unsuccessful.

    Senior Supercars officials also denied any knowledge of an impending announcement of Ford Australia’s return with a factory approved Mustang program.

    Ford Australia’s re-engagement with racing and belated decision support DJRTP’s and Tickford Racing’s move to the Mustang is the news Blue Oval fans have been waiting for three years.

    The Gen2 rules opened the way for the Mustang to be raced in Supercars because they allowed two-door coupes to join the traditional four-door sedans.

    The long-awaited approval of the popular pony car’s move into Supercars as the replacement of the aging FG X Falcon is linked with the revival of a fast Ford division in Australia.

    Also on Tuesday, Ford Australia will confirm that the company’s global Ford Performance brand is to be introduced locally as an umbrella for high performance models.

    It is understood that the Mustang, forthcoming Ranger Raptor and future Focus RS will be sold through selected Ford Performance dealers, like the defunct Ford Performance Vehicles line-up of bespoke high performance Falcons.

    In a recognition that Ford Australia has neglected its racing and performance car heritage in recent years, resulting in the collapse of its passenger car sales, the company has also finally decided to re-engage with Supercars.

    Although not required by the rules, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing have held back from moving to the Mustang body shape without Ford Australia’s approval and support, avoiding any potential dispute over Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

    Now that they have the local operation’s backing, the teams will revive and press ahead with a joint Mustang development program they instigated in late 2016.

    DJRTP and Tickford Racing have co-operated on preliminary computer design work to adapt the latest Mustang body shape to the New Generation control chassis.

    Supercars’ technical department has also conducted extensive computer simulation work to adapt the Mustang road car’s body dimensions to fit the rules, which result in variations of the standard measurements for all models competing in the category.

    For example, the Mustang – like the Chevrolet Camaro and Nissan GT-R – will need a modified and raised roof profile to meet the minimum height requirement.

    The body kit aerodynamics will also have to be adjusted to account for the Mustang’s smaller frontal area and sleek profile, including a ZB Commodore-style extended rear wing.

    The Supercars Mustang will also feature extensive use of composite body panels and inner structures, and other weight-reducing components, following the precedent set by the controversially ‘lightweight’ ZB.

    AA understands that a joint DJRTP/Tickford prototype Mustang racer will be shown in a public demonstration – possibly at the Bathurst 1000 in October – before homologation and aero testing to finalise the design at the end of the year.

    Tickford Racing is currently the official Ford homologation team, but development of the Mustang racer will be a co-operative effort with DJRTP.

    It is likely that DJRTP majority team owner Roger Penske has brokered additional technical support from the Ford Performance racing division in Detroit through Team Penske’s association as a factory backed Blue Oval team in NASCAR.

    Next year’s move from the discontinued FG X Falcon will mark the return of the Mustang to Australian championship touring car racing after an absence of 33 years.

    The last Mustang to race in the Australian Touring Car Championship – predecessor to the Supercars series – was Dick Johnson’s five-litre Group A version, which he campaigned in 1985/86.

    Before that, the original Mustang dominated the ATCC from 1965-69, with Norm Beechey and the late Ian Geoghegan sweeping the titles.

    Along with Geoghegan’s much-modified GTA, Allan Moffat’s iconic 1969 Boss 302 Trans-Am Mustang and Bob Jane’s earlier ’68 notchback coupe version were front-runners from ’69 until the final year of the Improved Production formula in 1972.

    Full details of the return of the Mustang and Ford will be in the next issue of AUTO ACTION, on sale this Thursday (April 19).

    For more of the latest Supercars news, pick up the latest issue of Auto Action, on sale now. Also make sure you follow us on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our weekly email newsletter for all the latest updates between issues.

    Date posted: April 16, 2018
    https://autoaction.com.au/2018/04/16...s-with-mustang
    "I'm a pretty proud driver of the Ford Falcon." - Mark Winterbottom.

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    Well that's good to hear.

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    Even better is fusion has gone in nascar to be replaced with mustang.

    There is massive cohesion and totality here.

    Our sport will be on more global radars than it’s ever been. It will most likely return to the US too.
    History is a statement, the future is a question.

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    As a self-confessed Mustang tragic this is all incredibility existing news. I'm so pleased and delighted to see the Mustang return to Australian motorsport, and even more so have Ford Performance behind it. Both global brands, this presents a lifeline and massive potential to our Supercar series and the Ford race teams.

    I can't help think we have Roger Penske to thank for bringing this to a head. I am eternally grateful for this as well as Tim's (Tickford's) massive contribution. Such a terrific boost for Tickford Racing as well. The only issue I see going forward is if there is a perceived conflict of interest between Ford Performance and Tickford road car programe commercially. To me, this could simply be overcome by Tickford adoping FB accessories and compenents in their road car products (if they arent doing this already). What I wouldn't want to see is a dilution of Tickford's own unique DNA and that enginering /brand association between their race and the road cars.
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    Mustang enthusiast and current owner of a 1969 Mach 1 351 4V 4-barrel M-Code

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    Quote Originally Posted by WASP View Post
    The only issue I see going forward is if there is a perceived conflict of interest between Ford Performance and Tickford road car programe commercially. To me, this could simply be overcome by Tickford adoping FB accessories and compenents in their road car products (if they arent doing this already). What I wouldn't want to see is a dilution of Tickford's own unique DNA and that enginering /brand association between their race and the road cars.
    I think that's a can of worms that's about to be opened...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Vman View Post
    I think that's a can of worms that's about to be opened...
    Lets all enjoy this special moment. Im sure Ford and Tickford would of come to an agreement before announcing this news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futura View Post
    Lets all enjoy this special moment. Im sure Ford and Tickford would of come to an agreement before announcing this news.
    Let me put it this way.


    I think Ford see Tickford the race team as a separate entity to Tickford the aftermarket hot up shop....
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