Ford Mustang Supercar successfully undergoes first shakedown
The all-new Ford Mustang supercar has taken to the track for the very first time at Queensland raceway, with DJR Team Penske drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard carrying out initial testing duties.
The Ford Mustang supercar is a joint effort between DJR Team Penske, Ford Performance, Ford Australia and Tickford Racing and the new sportster will replace the outgoing Ford Falcon FG X XR8 supercar, but will borrow a lot if its underpinnings, including that 5.0 litre V8.
The bodywork, however, is all bespoke and with that, needs its own fine tuning Ford Performance Supercars Lead Aerodynamicist, Sriram Pakkam, said that the first test allowed all involved to assess the work they have currently done and what further fine turning is required “there’s nothing quite like having the Mustang – an actual race car on an actual track – to see the effectiveness of what we’ve done, and where we need to work on the car. It’s great to be part of such a significant model, and at a great time for Mustang in racing programs across the globe.”
McLaughlin said that it was an honour to be one of the first to drive the new Mustang supercar “what an honour to be the guy to drive the very first laps of the new Mustang,” said McLaughlin following the test. “Not only does it just look right, and sound awesome, but it feels right too – in terms of balance, settings – we’re starting off a great base as we develop the car for next year.”
The Ford Mustang supercar will make its official debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, which will be held from February 29 – March 3, 2019.