12 Dec 2018
The Ford Mustang is officially coming back to the track after being given the green light today for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
After undergoing aerodynamic testing, DJR Team Penske's prototype Mustang took part in straight line testing alongside the Holden Commodore ZB and Nissan Altima L33 at an airfield in New South Wales.
The VCAT process (Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Testing) measured the downforce and drag produced by each of the cars, so that the Mustang's aerodyanmics could be adjusted to equalise its performance with the Holden and Nissan.
After an 18-month process of testing and assessment the Mustang has now been approved and will debut in the Championship at the Superloop Adelaide 500; the first two-door car to race for Supercars.
There were a number of alterations made to the Mustang throughout the process, including raising the roof to fit over the rollcage, and narrowing the body to fit the track.
There'll be six Mustangs on track in the 2019 season at this stage, with two from DJR Team Penske - driven by Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard - and four from Tickford Racing - driven by Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and Will Davison, which includes 23Red Racing.
The fourth seat in Team Tickford will be filled prior to the start of the 2019 season, after the departure of Richie Stanaway.
Be the first to see the Mustang race in 2019 at the Superloop Adelaide 500. Tickets are on sale now.