Ford Performance launched in Australia

Its official, Mustang will join Supercars next year, Ranger Raptor Rescue vehicle

Global demand for the new 2018 model has driven Ford Mustang to its third straight year as the best-selling sports coupe in the world, while its social media status as world's most hashtagged auto proves that passion for this motoring icon is stronger than ever with fans of all ages.

And even better than that, it will continue to use a V8 because, in Ford's own words, it was "probably the most competitive and reliable way".

Building off its popularity, Ford also is announcing Mustang is coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - professional stock auto racing's top league - for the first time, beginning at Daytona in February.

The Gen2 rules - where two-door cars are eligible for Supercars - saw Holden homologate its hatchback Commodore ZB for the 2018 season. Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs worldwide a year ago, making the model the best selling sports-coupe in the world, says the American carmaker citing an IHS Markit report.

"We're announcing a new chapter in Ford Australia's commitment to motoring enthusiasts", Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO, said.


Since global exports began in 2015, through December 2017, Ford has sold 418 000 Mustangs around the world. Ford also says it's seen a 10 percent increase in the number of women shelling out for the sports vehicle over the past five years. In an environment of relatively flat sports auto sales to women, Ford research shows a 10 percent gain in women buying Mustang in the last five years. Part of the Ford Performance 2018 Mustang RTR team, they are believed to feature 1000bhp V8 engines and some rather special suspension and braking systems that allow them to be driven at the most ludicrous speeds and angles.

Legendary team owner Dick Johnson said the return of the Mustang will be the ideal way to signal Ford's factory rebirth in the sport. Change cars first (from Falcon to Mustang), then look at changing power plants in the future.

"The fact that we will be able to build and race Mustang in the 2019 Supercars Championship is music to my ears".

Part of that range will be the new Ford Performance Ranger Raptor, also present at the launch, which will also be the official recovery vehicle of the Supercars championship.

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