On Tuesday, Ford officially announced that it will have a new Supercars racer in 2019: the Mustang. Ford Authority reported that the Mustang Supercar will be a cooperative effort between Ford Australia, Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Australia’s Tickford Racing.
The Mustang Supercar will provide a fresh challenge to the Holden ZB Commodore Supercar as the Ford Falcon Supercar ages. Team Penske most recently complained publicly that it could switch to Holden if Ford didn’t re-invest in a new racer. Penske certainly got its wish.
With the announcement of the Mustang Supercar, it will also mark the first time a two-door racer will lineup at the starting grid since Supercars’ inception. The Supercars series previously ran V8-powered sedans exclusively, though regulation changes have opened up the possibility for new powertrains and body styles to compete. The changes came as Ford Australia and General Motors announced the end of manufacturing in the country; the locally-built Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore exited the market with the end of manufacturing.
The Mustang will enter the Supercars arena in 2019 at the Adelaide 500 where it will face a V8-powered ZB Commodore as its arch-rival. Holden recently announced plans to swap the 5.0-liter V8 racing engine for a twin-turbocharged V6 engine were canned.