Ford Performance's new Mustang Supercar is set for its racing debut following its official unveiling in Australia, per Motorsport.com.
The model will hit the tracks at the Superloop Adelaide 500 on February 28, marking Ford's racing return after a three-year absence, with the company having ended production of the Falcon on the continent in 2016.
This particular Mustang is created by Ford, Ford Performance, Shell V-Power Racing and Tickford Racing Australia. It has gone through a homologation process and is hardly traditional, far from the road version.
The automobile will also compete in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, where it will be raced by Shell V-Power Racing (2 cars), Tickford Racing (3 cars) and 23Red Racing (1 car).
“Today is when we show the fans what the Mustang Supercar really looks like, ready for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship,” said Ryan Story, the leader of the DJR Team Penske outfit that saw to the car's homologation, at the launch.
“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Ford Australia, the Ford Asia Pacific Design studio, and the pivotal involvement of Ford Performance in the United States.”
“This is an historic moment," Ford Australia’s President and CEO Kay Hart added.
“To see the project come together has been incredibly exciting for everyone involved, and today marks the start of Mustang’s 2019 season.
"Mustang belongs on the track and everyone at Ford and our fans have been waiting for this moment.”
The automobile sports a huge rear wing mounted on a rear deck extension. It is designed to look like the road-legal V8 Mustang GT as much as possible, but it's no regular Mustang.
Ford Performance's motorsports supervisor Brian Novak has explained that the supercar went through the same process as the NASCAR Mustang, the Mustang GT4, and the NHRA Funny Car Mustang. Data collected from this development will also assist in the manufacturing of the company's future road cars.