Not too long ago, Ford Performance head Mark Rushbrook commented on the need for transparency within the Australian Supercars racing division, as the Supercar Ford teams seem to be at a serious disadvantage when compared to the Chevy racers. As though to drive Rushbrook’s point home, The Bow Tie went out and swept last weekend’s races at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex in Darwin, Australia, leaving the Ford teams frustrated, according to a recent report from Motorsport.
Chevy Camaro race cars swept eight out of nine podium slots across three races from June 16th through 18th, 2023, and went on to take the top nine positions in the second race and the top five in the third. The only Supercar Ford team that appeared to have anything for the Chevys was the No. 6 Gen3 Ford Mustang of Cam Waters, who managed to secure a pole position for the first race and appeared to be fast, but his efforts were felled by an engine fire that destroyed his race car just five laps in.
Throughout the 2023 Supercars season, the Mustang race cars have struggled with rear tire falloff during races, something the Camaros don’t seem to struggle with as much. Engine performance and aerodynamic efficiency across the field has also been called into question, as the Camaros just seem to have a leg up on the competition, particularly Ford.
“It’s not drivability,” Waters explained when asked about Ford’s struggles. “We’ve made improvements on the drivability front and obviously the engines aren’t the same when you’ve got different gear cuts going on. It’s more than just the engine.
He added, “I guess all year, and even in the early testing, you could see [the Camaros] have got more rear [grip] and a bigger margin to work in. We’re struggling.”