Ford has unveiled the new NASCAR Cup Series Mustang, which is part of a technical revolution in racing series. The car will make its first appearance at the Daytona 500 in February 2022.
New Ford Mustang in NASCAR
- The next generation Mustang is an integral part of the NASCAR tech revolution starting in 2022.
- The world's best-selling sports car remains Ford's showpiece in the most popular auto races in the US.
- The all-new NASCAR-ready Mustang contains many of the components of the standard version of the car.
A car built for the future
The new car, which has been in development for two years, is completely different from its predecessor as it has been redesigned from the ground up. Unlike previous versions, where only the appearance was a noticeable change, this model was created with the future in mind. This is due to technological advances such as hybrid and electric drive, which may also come to NASCAR in the future.
The new Ford race car is also very similar to the production Mustang, which has held the title of the world's best-selling sports car for many years.
“Because the automotive industry is constantly changing, we will be able to keep up with these changes in the racing world without having to completely rebuild or rebuild the car. This is what we've been waiting for and we're excited to finally be able to showcase our work,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
Lots of changes to make sure it's a Mustang
Changes include rack and pinion steering, independent rear suspension and 18-inch tires with forged aluminum rims. The all-new bodywork has a wider silhouette and is made from stronger material for a more aggressive ride. All this, however, is very similar to the production Mustang.
You will have five gears at your disposal instead of the current four, and the characteristic sound of unscrewing 5 nuts when changing wheels will disappear from the tracks. From 2022, only one wheel will be bolted.
“This car is true to the Mustang brand and we have to thank the Ford design team for working with our aerodynamic engineers. The car is competitive on the track while retaining the Mustang's unique styling, Rushbrook added. It took a lot of work on both sides, but after the changes made, there is no doubt that this is a Mustang.
Development of the new car took place at both the Ford Design Center in Dearborn and the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina.
Debut at the famous Daytona 500
The Mustang arrived in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and won 31 races in its first two seasons. Last year, it was 18 wins that helped Ford win the manufacturers' championship.
The next generation Mustang will debut in the NASCAR Cup Series on February 20, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the 64th annual Daytona 500.