Ford has unveiled its new Mustang Supercar ahead of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship commencing February 28 with the Superloop Adelaide 500. This race will be the first time a Mustang has participated on the Australian racing circuit in two decades.
Supercars officially approved the Mustang for racing in December. However, the final look of the iconic Fastback has been heavily camouflaged until now. The Mustang makes its first public on-track appearance during the Supercars test on February 14.
“This is an historic moment,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand. “Mustang belongs on the track, and everyone at Ford and our fans have been waiting for this moment.”
Six Mustangs will enter the 2019 series, from three teams, with two Mustangs for Shell V-Power Racing, three Tickford Racing Mustangs and an additional Mustang for 23Red Racing.
2018 Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin will head the charge for Shell V-Power Racing, looking to build on a successful 2018 campaign.
Driving the number 17 Shell V-Power Racing Mustang for 2019, McLaughlin will follow in the footsteps of Ford legend Dick Johnson, the five-time Australian Touring Car Champion who drove the #17 back in his day.
“Heading to Adelaide as Supercars Champion is pretty cool, and being able to defend my title in the new Ford Mustang as it returns to touring car racing in Australia is very exciting for me, for the team, and everyone involved. I think we’ve got a weapon on our hands,” said McLaughlin.
Tickford Racing will also field three Mustangs for drivers Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and new team member, Lee Holdsworth. Alongside Shell V-Power and Tickford Racing, the 23Red Racing Mustang is driven by Will Davison.
The Ford Performance Mustang will make its on-track debut at the Superloop Adelaide 500 between February 28 and March 1, 2019.