Mustang ready for Supercars after aero test
The Ford Mustang is ready to enter the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship following its successful completion of the Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Testing, known as VCAT.
The testing was run over nine days and saw the Mustang feature alongside its 2019 rivals, the Holden Commodre ZB and the Nissan Altima L33. In the tests, the downforce and drag produced by each car was measured, and saw the Mustang’s aero package tweaked to balance its performance with the cars it will be racing against. The results of the tweaks have now been approved by both series officials and rival homologators, Triple Eight Race Engineering for Holden, and Kelly Racing for Nissan.
“This is the final step in seeing the iconic Ford Mustang back on Australian race circuits, and we can’t wait to see it in its full glory at the Adelaide 500 next year,” enthused Supercars CEO Sean Seamer. “We thank all of those involved in the homologation process, and the hard work they have put into making it happen, including incumbents Red Bull Holden Racing Team and Nissan Motorsport.”
Ryan Story, the managing director of DJR Team Penske which will be running the car said that the Mustang project had been ongoing for more than 18 months, so finally getting approval through the VCAT process was a “great milestone”.
He added “that is only step one for us however, as we must now get the race cars built and ready to perform for the 2019 season. We are very proud of Mustang in our first effort as Ford’s Supercars homologation team and are very much looking forward to doing the Blue Oval proud in coming years.”