Last May, Ford Performance announced that it would be adding the Australian racing team Walkinshaw Andretti United (WAU) to its roster, which will compete in the in the 2023 Supercars Championship behind the wheel of the brand new Gen 3 Ford Mustang GT racer. This marks a massive change for the team, which has partnered with Holden over the past three decades, yet hasn’t enjoyed manufacturer support since 2016. Now, the Walkinshaw Andretti United No. 25 Ford Mustang GT has been officially revealed ahead of the start of the 2023 Supercars season.
Set to be driven by Chaz Mostert, the No. 25 Mustang GT racer is sponsored by Co-Naming Rights Partner Optus Racing and Mobil 1 – the latter of which has partnered with Walkinshaw Andretti United for what will be 30 years this coming season. As for the car itself, it sports a fresh look with a white and teal color scheme, along with GT stripes down the center.
Ford is no stranger to this particular outfit, however, as its relationship with the Walkinshaw family dates all the way back to 1974, when Tom Walkinshaw piloted a Ford Capri to a class win in the British Touring Car Championship. On the Andretti side of things, Michael Andretti won the 1983 Formula Mondial North American Cup in a Ralt-Ford RT4, then relied on Ford power in the IndyCar series in 1992 and from 1994-2000, while the legendary driver also drove a Ford-powered McLaren in Formula 1 in 1993.
“The Mobil 1 Optus Racing No. 25 looks so good, I’m a big fan of clean liveries, so I think it looks awesome and the GT stripes top it off,” Mostert said. “It’s amazing to be returning to The Blue Oval, that first lap will feel like a bit of a homecoming I think, so I’m really looking forward to ramping up to Newcastle. Two things have made this possible though, our amazing team who have worked non-stop lately, right through the ‘off-season’ to make sure we have a car to race, and the support of our partners, who have all been incredible. To be representing Mobil 1 in their 30th year with the team in 2023 is an honor, and to keep saying yes with Optus into the future is amazing. I just can’t wait to drive it now.”