The 2019 Ford Mustang Supercar has been officially launched ahead of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Kay Hart, president and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand, said, “This is an historic moment. To see the project come together has been incredibly exciting for everyone involved, and today marks the start of Mustang’s 2019 season. Mustang belongs on the track and everyone at Ford and our fans have been waiting for this moment.”
Ford and Ford Performance, alongside partners from Shell V-Power Racing and Tickford Racing, have designed, engineered and homologated Mustang for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which starts at the end of this month and ends in November.
The Mustang was officially approved by Supercars for racing in December 2018, however the final look of the iconic Fastback has been heavily camouflaged until today’s reveal.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said, “For Supercars, the Mustang ushers in a new era. It’s a product that you see readily on the road, it’s been super successful for Ford globally and here in Australia, and it gives the opportunity to reach younger and older generations with a fantastic looking race car.”
Six Mustangs will enter the 2019 series, from three teams, with two Mustangs for Shell VPower Racing, three Tickford Racing Mustangs and an additional Mustang for 23Red Racing.
Ford Performance has also helped deliver the Mustang for NASCAR and NHRA, as well as the Mustang GT4 that was showcased alongside the Ford GT IMSA at the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Brian Novak, Ford Performance motorsports supervisor, said “I’m really proud of the team in North America, and I’m really proud of the team down in Australia.
“We use the same processes to develop the Supercar that we do the NASCAR Mustang, that we do the Mustang GT4, that we do the NHRA Funny Car Mustang. That development has been proven out through other programs – the Ford GT at Le Mans for example – and we then transfer that back, that knowledge, back to the road car.”