Monday, Apr 16 08:25am
AUTHOR: Matthew Hansen

Ford Mustang Supercar confirmed? Reports say it's coming for 2019

The Ford Mustang could be part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as early as next year, according to new reports. 


Auto Action revealed the news this morning and state that Ford Australia is supporting the development of a two-door Mustang, with the pony car hitting tracks around Australia next year. 


It's long been rumoured that the Mustang would replace the aging Ford Falcon FG X, but with factory support dwindling in recent years blue-oval teams have struggled to achieve approval from Ford Australia. It is claimed in the report that the news will be formally announced tomorrow. 


Both of Ford's leading teams, Prodrive Racing and Shell V-Power Racing, are said to be running the Mustangs, and will receive backing from Ford. The cars themselves will be powered by the same 5.0-litre V8 engine that powers the current Falcon line-up. 


Auto Action claims that officials from Supercars have denied the story.


This comes as Holden weather a turbunt introduction for their Holden Commodore ZB road and race car. While sales of the road car in New Zealand have been positive, in Australia the manufacturer slumped to their worst sales figures in history this February.


Holden then announced that the new twin-turbo V6 engine programme, designed for the ZB Commodore race car and expected to debut later this year, would be shelved. Some have rumoured that this was triggered by poor road-car sales pick-up and internal company changes. 


In the midst of these elements, the ZB Commodore has been a success on track; winning every race of the season thus far apart from one. 


Should the Mustang rejoin the Supercars Championship, it will be the first time it has raced in Australia's premier touring-car category since the mid-'80s when Dick Johnson, Wayne Anderson, and others competed with them during the opening years of the Group A era.