After some months of speculation, it has now been confirmed that the Ford Mustang will replace the discontinued Falcon in the Supercars Championship next year.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Supercars driver Mark Winterbottom confirmed the switch, saying that “the plan [for 2018] is to be in a Mustang.” He went on to say that “all the [computer-aided design] work and stuff like that is well down the track,” but that his team, Prodrive Racing Australia, is still “trying to make the car fit on the shell. That is the biggest issue at the moment. We are working on getting the body shape to fit on the standard chassis. There is a lot involved with parity and we have a way to go until it is approved and ready to race.”
Better still, despite new rules that allow for the use of twin-turbo V6 engines in the Supercars Championship, Prodrive Racing’s new Ford Mustang racer will stay the course, relying on V8 power. “This sport is about sound and noise and nothing sounds as good as a big V8,” said Winterbottom. “The sport may change but for us it will be a V8.”
The Ford Falcon was discontinued last year when the Blue Oval pulled the plug on all Australian production. The Mustang, which is being built in both right-hand and left-hand drive for the first time in more than 50 years, was quick to replace it in the market.
Although seemingly eager to get behind the wheel of Prodrive’s future Ford Mustang race car, Winterbottom expressed some sadness at the discontinuation of the Ford Falcon, which was produced continually in Australia since 1960. “The Falcon has been an icon of Australian motorsport but its time is about to end,” he said.
(Source: The Daily Telegraph)