When it comes to racing Mustangs, Ford has a strong lineup for the 2019 season: NASCAR, NHRA and GT4 will all have Mustang competitors. Now, we can add a supercar to the list: meet the Mustang that will run in the Virgin Australia Supercars series, replacing the Aussie-made Falcon and set to challenge the now Opel Insignia-based Holden Commodore and Nissan Altima race car.
These pictures of a camouflaged Mustang prototype were shot at Queensland Raceway, where DJR Team Penske and Ford Performance have completed their first test drive today. The team has less than a month before the Mustang needs to complete the Supercars VCAT homologation testing program.
As you can see, Ford’s 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship challenger has an even larger rear wing that the car we believe to be the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Ford Performance sent over its Aerodynamics Lead Sriram Pakkam, who was happy to see all they’ve done in CFD and CAD come to life on the racetrack:
It’s always a special moment when a project such as this one finally comes to fruition and rolls out onto the racetrack for the first time. This is a significant car for Ford, and this is demonstrated in the resources we’ve put into the project to ensure that we build the best race car possible, within Supercars regulations. First signs are positive, and we will continue the testing program over the next few weeks.
Tickford Racing team manager Tim Edwards added that the car is “shaping up extremely well,” and that “the Mustang resonates with fans,” so they know “circulating won’t be enough.”
One driver gunning for those race, championship and Bathurst wins is current Supercars Championship leader Scott McLaughlin, who was the first one to take the car for a quick spin:
“First of all, the car looks awesome. It’s going to be so good to see it in Shell V-Power colors next year. It did everything we could expect of a brand-new race car, and the balance feels pretty close to our current package.”
Teammate Fabian Coulthard (cousin of David) went even further, declaring the Mustang to be one of the most exciting he’s driven to date:
“It doesn’t get much more iconic than a Ford Mustang, so be a part of the team that’s bringing this car back into Supercars and Australian touring car racing is pretty special.”