Ford is teasing a Supercars-spec Mustang ahead of its debut at the Australian Bathurst 1000 race.
There’s something strange going on down under. Ford is teasing a new Mustang that is said to be a “Supercars” racing model for an upcoming motor weekend event in New South Wales.
The event is called the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, taking place from October 4th to 7th. Like many motoring events held around the world, there will be some parades, some displays, and most of all, some racing of various categories.
The Supercars category is where the most powerful racers hang out, with the name itself evoking McLarens and Lamborghinis. However, the actual cars driven are more like 4-door sedans that have been converted into racers.
One of the most common “Supercars” is the Australian favorite, the Ford Falcon. What used to be sold internationally soon dwindled down to being solely sold in Australia, which kept the name alive until 2016.
Unfortunately, the Falcon is due to be replaced as a racing vehicle for Ford teams. Ford is pushing the Mustang as their sports car all around the world, and that means the Falcon is no longer on-brand. Australians aren’t particularly happy about the loss of a national motoring icon, but them’s the breaks.
The new Supercars-spec Mustang, teased on Twitter, will undergo homologation this December while DJR Team Penske completes development. Tickford Racing and Ford Performance are also assisting in the car’s creation.
Ford’s teaser image doesn’t show much beyond the hood of a Mustang with some horse-like camouflage. There is a pair of lovely vents on the hood, but not much else to go on. It’s almost certainly based on the GT350R, but if we’re lucky we might see some new technology to be found on the incoming Shelby GT500.
Speaking with Supercars, Ford Australia Communication Manager Damion Smy said that we may need to wait a bit longer before Ford pulls the cover off their incoming Mustang. “The program is on track in terms of timing and we’ll have a bit more to show further down the track. We want Mustang to be competitive and successful and with all our stakeholders involved including Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing, we’re also wary of keeping our cards close to our chest in the meantime while we develop the car.”