Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Ford Mustang planned for Monster Energy Series in 2019

Ford Mustang planned for Monster Energy Series in 2019

It will succeed the Fusion in NASCAR's premier series.

Ford Mustang is available as convertible and as fastback.

For the third year in a row, the Ford Mustang is the world's best-selling sports coupe.

The new ST will feature a more powerful 147kW/290Nm 1.5-litre three-pot EcoBoost engine and six-speed manual transmission, with performance further enhanced by light-weight cutting-edge chassis technology and advanced aerodynamics. "It could only be found on TV or the internet, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo".

Of the almost 126 000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81 866 of those were registered in the United States, meaning just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets. Last year Ford Australia backflipped on its plan to release an official 500kW Roush supercharger kit for the Mustang. The most common setup worldwide is the Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter V8 motor, normally.

While sports cars have traditionally skewed toward male buyers in the United States, Mustang is increasingly finding favor with women.

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Ford will enter the Mustang in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series on the back of another record-setting year for the road auto.

"We're combining America's favorite sports auto with America's top stock vehicle racing series", said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. Considering the Mustang is an actual sports auto (unlike the aging Fusion sedan), this move makes sense-unless people actually buy Fusions after they see them being raced in NASCAR, which I doubt is the case.

Both racing outfits are understood to have already undertaken exploratory mechanical and aerodynamic research on the Mustang, which will require significant body modifications to fit over the control Supercars platform.

Ford has used the Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011. Since then, the vehicle has won three driver championships (two for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and one for Chris Buescher) and 70 races. It is the fourth Ford model taking part in this Series and it follows Thunderbird, Taurus and Fusion.

"Could you see me walking down pit lane in anything but a Ford jacket", he told motoring media at the announcement today.

Ford teams DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing have been exploring the possibility of ditching the out of production Falcon since 2016, but faced the possibility of developing and campaigning the cars without factory support.

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