Ford set to take Mustang racing next year

Fabulous faux ’65 Mustang GT350

To celebrate Ford Mustang's 54 birthday and its third straight year as best-selling sports vehicle in the world, the Ford team in Dearborn, Mich., is hosted an event with the simple moniker "Cars & Coffee". Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs globally previous year, giving it leadership in the segment that includes 2-door hardtops and convertibles, according to registration data compiled by IHS Markit.

Unsurprisingly, the United States remains the Mustang's largest market with 81,866 units registered a year ago.

The Falcon's been flying the flag for Ford for 26 years but the Mustang is no slouch pony, having collected five straight titles in the preceding Australian Touring Championship in the 1960s.

Aside from a rendering of the front of the vehicle (which we've brightened up to show more of its design), Ford isn't offering much information on the new spec racer.

"The world is beginning to look all starry eyed at Mustang", says Erich Merkle, Ford deals investigator.

While the manufacturer clearly hopes for no fall-off in performance - and in fact thinks it can even improve upon it - there is a clear strategy on Ford's part worldwide to capitalize on its most iconic nameplate. "It could only be found on TV or the Internet, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to São Paulo".

The Mustang retains some differences from an actual Shelby
The Mustang retains some differences from an actual Shelby

Ford Mustang will enter NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series and it takes place of Fusion. He adds that the "Mustang is a ideal fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow".

The addition of the Mustang to the Cup Series will make the model the fourth Ford to race the ovals since 1972 after the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion.

Ford has six organizations and 13 teams in its NASCAR lineup, including Wood Brothers Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, Front Row Motorsports and Go Fas Racing.

Ford has used the Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011. "We can't wait to see it on the grid in 2019".

"There is a strong appetite and passion for the Fiesta ST in our line-up, and can see the affinity and esteem that Australians have with driving enjoyment of the existing model", said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. Its debut will held at Daytona on February of 2019.

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