Ford Mustang is world's best-selling sports coupe, again

Ford Mustang is world's best-selling sports coupe, again

Ford Mustang is world's best-selling sports coupe, again

In a landmark day for the future of motorsport in Australia, Ford has announced DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing will race Ford Mustangs in the 2019 Supercars Championship.

There are no such issues with the ST, which has been sourced from Europe previously and will find a home here under the newly launched Ford Performance brand, along with the Focus ST and RS, Mustang and Ranger Raptor.

"We are giving Mustang a proper birthday today, with the Australian unveiling of the new 2018 model and confirming its Australian track-debut with Supercars in 2019", said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. In 1964, the American automaker at the same time disclosed the horse auto at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York while appearing it in Ford showrooms crosswise over America. The pony auto will serve as the backbone of the automaker's entry in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starting next season.

According to Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman, American arm Ford Performance is already working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford on developing the 2019 vehicle.

Ford hasn't officially supported Supercars since 2014, when the current FG X generation of Falcon was homologated (and which privateer teams continue to campaign). Ford also says it's seen a 10 percent increase in the number of women shelling out for the sports vehicle over the past five years. Since 2011, the Mustang has won all but one of the seasons it raced under the colors of Team Penske in that competition. "The Mustang brand has such an iconic history in motorsports and it will be great to be racing them in multiple Series".

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The Mustang - which will be the first ever two-door racer in the Supercars era - will also need to comply with Supercars' parity formula that's created to level the playing field between it, the Holden Commodore ZB and Nissan's Altima.

Legendary team owner Dick Johnson said the return of the Mustang will be the ideal way to signal Ford's factory rebirth in the sport.

"We're combining America's favorite sports auto with America's top stock vehicle racing series", said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.

"The fact that we will be able to build and race a Mustang in the 2019 Supercars Championship is music to my ears".

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