RE: Ford Mustang Aussie Supercar hits the track

RE: Ford Mustang Aussie Supercar hits the track

Wednesday 7th November

Ford Mustang Aussie Supercar hits the track

Falcon out and Mustang in for the Supercars tin top series - here's your first look



The wheels of Ford's Mustang Supercar are very much in motion, as testing for the new racer has begun. Ahead of its competition debut in Australia's top racing category (and probably the world's most entertaining touring car series), the Mustang has taken to the asphalt at Queensland Raceway with Team Penske's Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard sharing driving duties.

Although Supercars are silhouette racers that are based on the same spaceframe chassis and front-engined, rear drive technical layout, aerodynamicists have some freedom to craft the body shape that'll be banging doors with the opposition. It's still early days, but the feedback from the drivers and circuit-side team has been good; so much so that 2018 championship leader McLaughlin reckons his shiny new Mustang is almost as good as the car it'll replace, the Falcon, despite not yet having been fine-tuned.


In truth, part of that is probably down to the fact that at least half of the Mustang Supercar looks near identical to the Falcon. There's no getting away from that soft curving nose and saloon-like rear, which contrast the flat bonnet and sleek coupe roofline of the road going model and leaves the racer looking a little soft (especially compared to the 2019 Mustang NASCAR). At least there's a bloody great rear wing out back, to emphasise this car's underlying Aussie muscle.

On that subject, powering the new Supercar racer will be - rejoice - a V8 engine. Ford Performance has chosen to stick with its existing championship motor, rather than switch to a twin-turbocharged V6, which is allowed under the latest Gen2 regulations, probably because it's proved to be so effective. So much so, in fact, that McLaughlin leads the current championship in his V8 Falcon with one round to go, while Team Penkse sits second in the team standings.


Also running Mustangs next year will be Tickford Racing and 23Red Racing. The fleet of new racers will line-up for their first event, the Adelaide 500, in March, where they'll face - or, more than likely, bang door handles with - the well known Holden Commodore and Nissan Altima rivals. Despite the Mustang's comparable lack of mileage, don't expect them to be running around at the back. As Tickford Racing principle Tim Edwards puts it, "Mustang has to be gunning for race wins, championships. and of course Bathurst". We can't wait to see it get stuck in.

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Turbobanana

Original Poster:

1,158 posts

136 months

Wednesday 7th November
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I'm a big Ford fan, and a V8 Supercars fan, but I'm really disappointed in this.

I know it's a silhouette formula, but this looks nothing like a Mustang and hardly any different to a Falcon.

Good news re the V8, though smile

j90gta

450 posts

69 months

Wednesday 7th November
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Looks like something someone's cobbled together in his shed!

big_rob_sydney

2,150 posts

129 months

Wednesday 7th November
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Hilarious.

It looks like a Falcon but with just a different grill. Same chassis, same engine, basically the same everything barring a pony logo on the tip? Meh. Silhouette anyway, on "cars" you can't even buy, nor engines. WOFTAM.

Kraken

570 posts

135 months

Wednesday 7th November
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Allowing for the usual mind boggling testing livery it looks pretty much like a Mustang to me. Certainly close enough for the distance most people will see it from.

DanielSan

13,538 posts

102 months

Wednesday 7th November
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It somehow needs the line of the doors And 3/4 panel to be higher. The new Insigniadore has a lowish roofline yet doesn't look out of proportion.
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Glasgowrob

2,051 posts

56 months

Wednesday 7th November
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garbage frown


bring back the falcon and bring it to the uk while your at it ford.

who doesnt like big grumbly v8 saloons smile

Jader1973

1,698 posts

135 months

Thursday 8th November
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Well that looks ste.

Obviously the control chassis doesn’t work with a low slung 2 door coupe.

BFleming

728 posts

78 months

Friday 9th November
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Maybe I'm on my own, but I couldn't care less about the Mustang, mostly as they are infinitely inferior to any comparable product from Munich. And possibly everywhere else. I'm not a die hard BMWphile, but it must be a temptingly low lease deal to get anyone into a Mustang.

MissChief

4,909 posts

103 months

Friday 9th November
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BFleming said:
Maybe I'm on my own, but I couldn't care less about the Mustang, mostly as they are infinitely inferior to any comparable product from Munich. And possibly everywhere else. I'm not a die hard BMWphile, but it must be a temptingly low lease deal to get anyone into a Mustang.
Could have fooled me. Have you driven a Mustang?

DanielSan

13,538 posts

102 months

Friday 9th November
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BFleming said:
Maybe I'm on my own, but I couldn't care less about the Mustang, mostly as they are infinitely inferior to any comparable product from Munich. And possibly everywhere else. I'm not a die hard BMWphile, but it must be a temptingly low lease deal to get anyone into a Mustang.
And of all the threads you picked the one about an Australian touring car racing in a series BMW don't go anywhere near to make a completely off the topic point. Purely to have a moan about a car you don't like...

Turbobanana

Original Poster:

1,158 posts

136 months

Friday 9th November
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DanielSan said:
BFleming said:
Maybe I'm on my own, but I couldn't care less about the Mustang, mostly as they are infinitely inferior to any comparable product from Munich. And possibly everywhere else. I'm not a die hard BMWphile, but it must be a temptingly low lease deal to get anyone into a Mustang.
And of all the threads you picked the one about an Australian touring car racing in a series BMW don't go anywhere near to make a completely off the topic point. Purely to have a moan about a car you don't like...
Ha ha, yes. You could just say you don't like it. I think I'd buy a Mustang simply because it's NOT a BMW: I don't do default choices very well.

Allyc85

6,717 posts

121 months

Saturday 10th November
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Blimey. I'd been looking forward to the Mustang, but the proportions are all oh so wrong! That rear wing really looks like something I'd bodge together with a hacksaw, awful!

I bet Chevy are thinking twice about bringing in the Camaro, if the standard chassis does that to the look of the car!

BFleming

728 posts

78 months

Saturday 10th November
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Turbobanana said:
DanielSan said:
BFleming said:
Maybe I'm on my own, but I couldn't care less about the Mustang, mostly as they are infinitely inferior to any comparable product from Munich. And possibly everywhere else. I'm not a die hard BMWphile, but it must be a temptingly low lease deal to get anyone into a Mustang.
And of all the threads you picked the one about an Australian touring car racing in a series BMW don't go anywhere near to make a completely off the topic point. Purely to have a moan about a car you don't like...
Ha ha, yes. You could just say you don't like it. I think I'd buy a Mustang simply because it's NOT a BMW: I don't do default choices very well.
Fair point. Yeah, I don't like it laugh

DanielSan

13,538 posts

102 months

Sunday 11th November
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Allyc85 said:
Blimey. I'd been looking forward to the Mustang, but the proportions are all oh so wrong! That rear wing really looks like something I'd bodge together with a hacksaw, awful!

I bet Chevy are thinking twice about bringing in the Camaro, if the standard chassis does that to the look of the car!
The Camaro will look even weirder than the Mustang does if it suddenly has to gain a curved roof.

knowitall

49 posts

42 months

Sunday 11th November
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DanielSan said:
The Camaro will look even weirder than the Mustang does if it suddenly has to gain a curved roof.
Camaro project is dead. Not happening.

entropy

3,495 posts

138 months

Monday 12th November
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Jader1973 said:
Well that looks ste.

Obviously the control chassis doesn’t work with a low slung 2 door coupe.
Yep, it's one ugly motherfu...

Doesn't look like the current Mustang at all, as you pointed out due to the chassis's limitation.

Looks like a crap attempt at a coupe Falcon and sticking Mustang rear lights on it rather than a low slung coupe

Dan BSCS

910 posts

171 months

Monday 12th November
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I understand the control chassis issue and obviously it will alter the shape of the body but the single biggest issue I have with the looks of the Mustang supercar is that horrible sloping nose that is NOTHING like a Mustang which has a very flat, pronounced nose. And surely that has nothing to do with the control chassis limitations.

Dan
Monday 12th November
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Looks a bit 'Pony' to me

entropy

3,495 posts

138 months

Tuesday 13th November
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Dan BSCS said:
I understand the control chassis issue and obviously it will alter the shape of the body but the single biggest issue I have with the looks of the Mustang supercar is that horrible sloping nose that is NOTHING like a Mustang which has a very flat, pronounced nose. And surely that has nothing to do with the control chassis limitations.

Dan
A bit less fugly in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvKekl9iEeA

A comment on Speedcafe regarding the high roofline is due to the control chassis's roll cage height. Hopefully the massive rear wing is just for the test mule and won't be homologated.

Altrezia

8,330 posts

146 months

Tuesday 13th November
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entropy said:
A bit less fugly in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvKekl9iEeA
No, it's gopping!!!
I like the rear lights, but that's about it.

Love the Supercars series though - best racing on the planet.