The 2021 season might still be relatively young, but Ford and NASCAR are already looking to the future next season, when the all-new, next-gen NASCAR Mustang race car from Ford Performance will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning in February 2022.
Racing fans and Ford Mustang enthusiasts will get their first chance to see the next-gen NASCAR Mustang on May 5th at its public unveiling. To tide us over until then, Ford Performance shared this video, showing the car’s very first laps around historic Martinsville Speedway, accompanied by the thunderous soundtrack of its powerful Roush Yates Ford V8 racing engine.
“We couldn’t be more excited to show off the next-gen NASCAR Mustang to Mustang enthusiasts and Ford race fans around the world,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “This is truly a game-changing redesign for the sport of NASCAR, and we expect everyone is going to love the result of the countless hours of work by those of us at Ford Performance and our partners in NASCAR. Mustang Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase a quick tease of this exciting new race car.”
Ford and NASCAR have spent thousands of hours designing the body of the next-gen racer, and for now, the development of the car continues at Ford’s racing center in Charlotte, North Carolina, utilizing the same simulation and design equipment that’s used to design all-new vehicles, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
To date, the Mustang has racked up 31 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series since becoming Ford’s flagship model for the series in 2019 and is coming off a 2020 campaign that saw it win a season-high 18 races and capture the manufacturers’ championship for Ford. In addition, 2021 marks the sixth straight year of the Mustang’s reign as the world’s best-selling sports coupe.