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    8 Mustangs expected on 2019 grid.

    http://www.supercars.com/news/champi...?sf187216473=1

    Eight Mustangs are expected to line up on the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid following Ford’s announcement on Tuesday.

    The manufacturer has given the green light for the model to race in Supercars and will provide financial and technical help, through US arm Ford Performance, for development.

    Supercars squads DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing are also lending technical expertise to designing the Mustang race car.

    The plan, however, does not follow the same path as the new Holden Commodore ZB, which requires customers to buy parts from homologation team Triple Eight.

    Tooling for the Mustang-specific parts will be made available to any team that wants to run a Ford in the championship.

    Existing Ford runners Matt Stone Racing and 23Red Racing have already declared their intentions to upgrade, adding to the two cars from DJRTP and four from Tickford.

    Whether any other squads will migrate to Fords under the new arrangement remains to be seen.

    DJR Team Penske managing director Ryan Story says there has been interest from those currently running other marques, but expects status quo in the short-term.

    “I think [teams switching to Ford] will depend on the perceived and ultimate real competitiveness of the package,” Story told Supercars.com.

    “There already has been some calls; but it’s one thing to do the work, and it’s another to see what it’s capable of on the racetrack.”

    Story says there is a lot to be done to get the Mustang ready for 2019, but downplayed the tightness of the timeframe available.

    Preliminary work on fitting the two-door Mustang body to the control Supercars chassis was already completed prior to sign-off on the project.

    Detailed aerodynamic analysis will now take place through Ford Performance in the US over the coming months.

    “It’s always a case of employing Parkinson’s Law,” said Story of the timelines for the project.

    “We’ve got a fixed deadline of the Adelaide 500 next year and you’ve got your typical timeframes of November/December aero tests for homologation, not to mention gearing up to manufacture parts and panels and to convert and build new cars.

    “The timelines are set around that and we’ll utilise the time we have to get this car to where it needs to be.”

    A demonstration of the Mustang at October’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 has been mooted, but is yet to be confirmed.
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    Tooling for the Mustang-specific parts will be made available to any team that wants to run a Ford in the championship.
    Bravo Ford.


    Roland just smashed his microchip reader against the wall.

    Given Mustang runs in other series in the states i wonder how much of the tooling already exists and can carry over? Or at worst needs minor tweaking?
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    Mustang replaces fusion in 2019. You can see where this is going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSE2 View Post
    Mustang replaces fusion in 2019. You can see where this is going?
    Yep.

    Ford now need to tie this all together under the "Ford Performance" umbrella, and go dominate this space globally.

    We need to return the favor here too and keep supporting the brand in voice and purchase.

    Ford need to be looking back this time next year and go "wow, that really has worked out well for us".
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Vman View Post
    Yep.

    Ford now need to tie this all together under the "Ford Performance" umbrella, and go dominate this space globally.

    We need to return the favor here too and keep supporting the brand in voice and purchase.

    Ford need to be looking back this time next year and go "wow, that really has worked out well for us".
    Well, Look at this way, If they did not allow the mustang to race here in 2019, that would of been a bad move.

    Glad Ford made the call now and not years later.

    No problem in continuing supporting the brand, but luckily I have a big garage that can accommodate future ford performance cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futura View Post
    Well, Look at this way, If they did not allow the mustang to race here in 2019, that would of been a bad move.

    Glad Ford made the call now and not years later.
    And given Rolands conduct and Holdens predicament with ZB its a perfect time to really kick them in the nuts.
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    Off topic, and I've been out of the scene for quite some time (will be back in 2019 after the Mustang news) do you think we'll see the Ford GT Ecoboost V6TT in some sort of race in Australia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificfordqld View Post
    Off topic, and I've been out of the scene for quite some time (will be back in 2019 after the Mustang news) do you think we'll see the Ford GT Ecoboost V6TT in some sort of race in Australia?
    Would love to see it in the 12hr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Vman View Post
    Would love to see it in the 12hr.
    Well, it is a "Ford Performance" global racer, Australia is a nice place to come visit, espcially in NSW..

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