Fans who want to get up close and personal with the Next Gen Mustang race car now have the opportunity to do so in-depth, thanks to a new exhibit installed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Next Gen Mustang display is part of the “Inside NASCAR” gallery, an installation that shows off the innovation and technology poured into the race cars that compete in the Cup Series every weekend. The display includes a few Next Gen Mustang racers that aid in demonstrating the museum’s “Anatomy of a Race Car.”
The new addition to the exhibit – which opened on May 24th, 2023 – takes visitors through the development of the Next Gen race car, which made its competition debut for the 2022 Cup Series season. The Mustang race car was developed at Ford’s Dearborn Design Center in Michigan, as well as at the Ford Performance Technical Center located in Concord.
The display shows off the No. 22 Next Gen Mustang racer of Joey Logano, along with a prototype Mustang that was used during the development process, and a clay model of the race car built by Ford that served to ensure that the final product featured unique characteristics also found on the production version of the sixth-generation Mustang.
“We are excited to open this new exhibit that explores the NASCAR Next Gen Cup Series car through the lens of the Ford Mustang and contributes to fulfilling part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s mission to honor the sport’s evolving history,” said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Our exhibits are only possible through the partnerships we have throughout the NASCAR industry. We are grateful for the extensive commitment from Ford Performance which allows us to provide our guests a true behind the scenes look of the development of this revolutionary stock car.”
Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance, said, “This exhibit is going to show people that what we learn in motorsports directly ties back to the cars they drive every day. The development of this car was a great example of teamwork within Ford and we’re excited about being able to tell that story. We’re grateful to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for this opportunity and look forward to engaging with everyone who stops by to visit.”
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I love Mustangs. I’ve only owned one and enjoyed it. However, the Mustang’s for the past several years (especially the front end) looks like crap.