The new Thailand Super Series TAV8 Ford Mustang developed in conjunction with Kiwi motorsport team Corliss Race Engineering has been revealed.
The Ford Thailand Racing team are running two of the world’s first Ford Performance 5.2-litre Coyote Aluminator TAV8 Mustangs this season.
The engine is built by Australian company Mostech and gives off an echoing howl as it muscles down a straight.
Mostech are the builders for the Ford Gen3 engine set to be introduced in the Supercars championship in 2023.
The rest of the car, including the gearbox, was built in New Zealand.
Corliss Race Engineering (CRE) tested the cars at Pukekohe before they were airfreighted overseas.
“The team has been able to integrate the ultra-modern Ford Performance engine into the global Trans-Am (HOWE TA2) chassis and develop a calibration to mate it with a six-speed sequential paddle shift transmission,” Craig Corliss of CRE said.
Corliss, a Kiwi and who worked closely with Ford in the development of the car, will drive the No.88 Mustang in the Supercar GTM race this season.
Corliss Race Engineering has been involved with Ford Performance for the last few years.
The team fielded two TAV8 Mustangs in last year’s North Island Endurance Series and one in the GTRNZ championship.
Ford Thailand Racing also upgraded their 3.2-litre Duratorq diesel Ford Ranger, which will race in the Super Pick-up category.
The truck has prototype race suspension technology, a lightweight body and an improved aerodynamics package.
The first Thai Super Series round is at the Chang International circuit in Buriram on October 29-31.