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Ford brings back the Mustang to Supercars

Ford brings back the Mustang to Supercars

"Demand for Mustang continues to be very strong, especially overseas, where until recently people couldn't get their hands on one", says Erich Merkle, a Ford sales analyst.

The first two teams to sign on are DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.

However, the arrival - and subsequent success - of United States motor racing magnate Roger Penske, along with the runaway success of the Mustang sports auto in the sales charts, has seen a change of heart in Broadmeadows.

The Broadmeadows brand, which has for several years blocked the iconic model's use, announced Tuesday that the legendary "pony car" will replace the Falcon FG X as its race weapon of choice. Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs worldwide past year, making the model the best selling sports-coupe in the world, says the American carmaker citing an IHS Markit report.

Soon, though, the Blue Oval will make its return.

"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.

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Ford pulled out of Australia's Supercars race series at the end of 2015 as the automaker's local division prepared to end production of its Falcon sedan, which served as the basis of Ford's entry in the thrilling touring vehicle series.

"We're proud to announce that Ford Australia, with our Ford Performance global team, is working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate Mustang for 2019". DJR Team Penske now runs two Fords, while Tickford Racing fields four entries.

Ford has not finished testing the new Mustang, although a formal submission is due to NASCAR this summer.

While Australian touring cars may seem a world away from our BTCC, perhaps the best news to take from this is a sustained commitment from Ford to motorsport. Switching to Mustangs not only entails the build of two $350,000-plus cars, but stocks of engines, body panels and other ancillaries would also need to be sourced. "For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet".

Part of that range will be the new Ford Performance Ranger Raptor, also present at the launch, which will also be the official recovery vehicle of the Supercars championship.

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