Prodrive Racing, the team formerly known as Ford Performance Racing, has taken the covers off the two Ford Falcon FG X racers it will campaign for the upcoming V8 Supercars Championship season. It will be the last Falcon model that Ford will produce before it closes its Australian manufacturing operation in October 2016.
The cars to be piloted by Mark Winterbottom and rising star Chaz Mostert were unveiled at a spectacular launch aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s flagship HMAS Canberra in Sydney Harbour this afternoon.
With Pepsi Max continuing as naming rights sponsor, the livery of the two cars remains largely unchanged from past seasons, although Ford’s winding back of its technical and financial support has meant that the marque’s logos and signage are all but nonexistent. The team also changed its name from Ford Performance Racing to reflect this.
Despite this, Prodrive has been a centrepiece of the development and homologation of the FG X, and the outfit is confident of a strong showing from its brand new models.
“The aero package on the car is quite advanced, specifically compared to the FG,” Tim Edwards, Prodrive Racing team principal, said.
“We’ve been working very hard to develop the FG X for some time now so now the car is homologated we are finally able to launch it along with our new 2015 livery.
“This weekend’s SuperTest will be the first opportunity Mark and Chaz get to drive the car around a track, rather than just the straight line aero testing we’ve been doing, so we are keen to see just how well it handles around corners in the real world rather than just in simulations. We are encouraged by the improvements we have seen so far, so we can’t wait to get the FG X out on the track and see what the boys can do with it this season.”
A third FG X has also been produced so far and will be run by Penske-DJR Team’s single-car entry to be driven by former champion and series returnee Marcos Ambrose.
The two satellite entries fielded out of the Prodrive Racing stable – David Reynolds’ Bottle-O Racing and Andre Heimgartner’s Super Black Racing – will run with the older-spec Ford FGs for the time being.
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