In early December, Ford of Australia revealed its Gen3 Mustang entry for the Supercar series.
Developed by Dick Jonhson Racing and based on the production Mustang available around the world, this race car will face off against a new Camaro rival in the Repco Supercars Championship series.
“This Mustang is closer to the road-going version — looks awesome, sounds awesome and Gen3 should mean even better racing for the fans,” Andrew Birkic, Ford Motor Company President and CEO, Australia and New Zealand, said.
These entries into the Aussie touring car series more closely resemble the production Mustang than the “stock” cars seen in NASCAR competition. Better yet, they share more than just the body lines with the modern Mustang street cars.
“There is no question when you look at the Mustang GT Gen3 Supercar that this is a Mustang,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director Ford Performance Motorsports. “It absolutely looks the part, which was focus-one for us in the design and development phase for this vehicle. The fact that it’s powered by a production-based Ford engine is the icing on the cake.”
That production-based engine is a 5.4-liter version of the vaunted Coyote V-8 built by Mostech Racing Engines. Featuring custom MAHLE pistons delivering an 11:1 compression ratio, it makes use of custom connecting rods, a custom stroker crankshaft, and a custom valve spring package. Fitted with an ATI damper and a Billy Dally-custom dry-sump oiling system, this engine is targeted to produce 600 horsepower at 7,500 rpm while burning E85 — and by the sounds of its official reveal video above it sounds glorious doing so.
The Gen 3 Mustang will battle the Camaro in competition starting with the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship season.