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Ford has announced the launch of Ford Performance sub-brand in Australia, backed by the news the 2018 Mustang will be homologated for the 2019 Supercars season.
The first Ford Performance-branded models to touch Australian soil will be the 2018 Mustang and hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor. The company says its performance arm is focused on “developments in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency”.
We’d suggest it’s also keen to cash in on the our well-documented love of performance cars: Australia is a huge market for the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW M.
“Ford Performance’s diverse line-up of vehicles reflects customer feedback that Australians are looking for advanced, efficient, performance models across all types of vehicles,” said Ford Australia president and CEO, Graeme Whickman.
“Ford Performance is about technology, innovation and product performance and to showcase our confidence in our performance range, we are bringing Mustang and the Ranger Raptor to the Supercars series in 2019.”
That’s right, the Mustang will line up on the Supercars grid next year. Ford Performance is teaming up with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate the legendary Pony Car for racing, as the Supercars series welcomes two-door entrants for the first time since its foundation in 1997.
Above: Ford Mustang Bullitt
“We’re proud to announce that Ford Australia, with our Ford Performance global team, is working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate Mustang for 2019,” said Graeme Whickman.
“There’s been a lot of speculation and calls for Mustang to be on the track, and as a Ford Performance model that’s raced around the world, it’s fitting that Australia’s most popular sports car should be on our race tracks.”
The Mustang won’t be the only Ford Performance vehicle on track next year, with today’s announcement including the news the Ranger Raptor will be used as a recovery vehicle.
Oh, and the Fiesta ST (above) is coming to Australia early next year. Get excited for that, too.
2019 Ford Performance range
- 2019 Fiesta ST (Q2, 2019)
- 2019 Ranger Raptor (Q4, 2018)
- 2019 Mustang, Convertible and Fastback (mid-2018)
- 2019 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt (confirmed, launch TBA)
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