Ford has unveiled the first in a series of race cars based on the seventh generation Mustang, the Mustang GT "Gen3" supercar. The car was shown during the famous Bathurst 1000 race at Panorama Mountain in Australia. Ford's representative for the Australian Supercars 2023 Series Championship, a seventh-generation Mustang racer, entered the pit lane during the Bathurst 1000.
Ford Mustang GT "Gen3" Supercar
Last month, the seventh-generation Mustang production and racing versions were unveiled in Detroit, which were just a digital illustration.
“It was great to show the seventh generation Mustang as a race car for the first time,” said Mark Rushbrook, director of Ford Performance Motorsports Worldwide. The Mustang GT supercar is the first of many to debut on the world circuit in numerous racing series such as GT3, GT4, NASCAR and NHRA.
“For 58 years, the Mustang has been an iconic vehicle both on the road and on the race track. His legend will continue. We often say that the Mustang was born to race, and today this is more true than ever. The Mustang GT supercar is ready to race in 2023, Mark Rushbrook added.
The Mustang GT was developed by Dick Johnson Racing in collaboration with Ford Performance in preparation for the 2023 season, which marks the start of a new era of supercar racing.
The Mustang GT "Gen3" supercar is very similar to its road-going counterpart, with a standard Coyote V8 engine, the distinctive low roofline and long hood that make the Mustang the best-selling sports car in the world.
Ford is supporting teams that will race the new Mustang in 2023, including Dick Johnson Racing, Tickford Racing, Grove Racing, Blanchard Racing Team and the new Mustang-based Walkinshaw Andretti United team.
Dick Johnson, Ford racing legend whose eponymous team celebrated a glorious 1,000 years of racing this past weekend, hit the track for the first time in the new Mustang GT "Gen3" supercar.
“We are very proud to be able to show the world the new Mustang GT supercar. “There is no better place in the world to do this than the Grand Race at Panorama Mountain,” said Andrew Birkick, President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand. “This is a special moment to be able to present this car to diehard Ford fans and all Supercars drivers. It's great that it was Dick who drove the first laps on this car. He is a sports legend and a great spokesman for the Ford brand. "The car looks great - it's fast, it's loud and we can't wait to hit the track," Birkic concluded.
The Bathurst 1000 started last Friday with practice and qualifying. The 1000 km race took place on Sunday, October 9th.