The iconic Mustang badge could return to the Australian touring car landscape in the future.
Ford Performance Racing has confirmed that it is evaluating the potential return of the coupé model in the V8 Supercars Championship, should the series elect to broaden the specification of car body types allowed to compete in the championship.
The current rules only permit four-door rear-wheel drive saloons, however category CEO James Warburton is currently in the process of formulating a white paper exploring a 2017 ‘Generation Two’ platform for the championship which could potentially include revised car shapes and different-capacity engines.
With Ford and Holden’s respective Falcon and Commodore models set to be discontinued in the next two years as both carmakers cease local manufacturing in Australia, the V8 Supercars Championship will see interest in new models entering the series, assuming both marques actually opt to remain at all.
“The opportunity is there for a V8 Supercar to be a two-door. If we want to do a two-door vehicle going forward then that will be part of it. It’s all part of manufacturers going forward and being able to accommodate what they want to do,” Ford Performance Racing co-owner Rod Nash told the official V8 Supercars website.
Ford’s new Mustang model will hit Australian dealerships in 2015, potentially paving the way for it to return to touring car racing ‘Down Under’. The last time a Ford Mustang was on an Australian touring car grid was in the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship, the predecessor series to today’s V8 Supercars series.
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