Ford has released details of a heavily revised body for its NASCAR Cup program, styled around the firm’s Dark Horse model.
“What a crazy year it has been revealing our new global Mustangs for racing. The positive response from our fans around the world has been amazing, and we’re confident that this Mustang Dark Horse Cup car will be no different and that NASCAR fans will be excited to cheer us on next year,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
“Our Ford Performance staff, together with our NASCAR race teams, have worked tirelessly in the wind tunnel developing this car, and I can’t wait to finally see it race on the track next season.”
Though built to fit within NASCAR’s regulatory performance window, which requires teams submit their designs for wind tunnel testing and approval, the new car features some unique elements that set it apart from the current Cup car.
The treatment of the front fenders is particularly interesting, differing considerably from the Toyota and Chevy offerings and a marked change from the 2023 car. The profile of the fender has been raised and flattened out and one can only assume Ford Performance has found aero gains from this approach without putting it outside the constraints of NASCAR’s tests.