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Ford Mustang could replace Falcon in V8s

2015 Ford Mustang

The upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang muscle car could keep Ford in the V8 Supercar championship. 

Prominent V8 Supercars team owner Rod Nash says Ford's famous Mustang-branded muscle car could be the future for the brand in the Australian motorsports category.

The last model of the Ford Falcon is set to be released toward the end of the year and Ford's decision to cease local manufacturing by October 2016 has increased doubts over the company's continuing participation in V8 Supercars.

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Nash, who is a co-owner in the factory-backed Ford Performance Racing (FPR) team, believes the two-door Mustang coupe could be the car to keep Ford in the championship. A sixth-generation version of the Mustang is due for release in Australia in the latter part of next year.

Nash says the possibility of racing the car in future years of the V8s is one his team has to look at. "The opportunity is there for a V8 Supercar to be a two-door," Nash said before the round in Townsville this weekend.

"If we want to do a two-door vehicle going forward then that will be part of it. It's all part of manufacturers going forward and being able to accommodate what they want to do."

With the Holden Commodore also facing extinction no later than 2017, V8 Supercars has opened itself to the possibility of changing current regulations to allow two-door coupes to race alongside or in place of the current four-door sedan designs allowed. If that change is adopted, not only will Ford be able to race Mustangs but cars such as Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers could join the grid.

"Nothing is granted until you put it up through the V8 Supercars Commission," Nash said. "Any subject has to go up so it's not mandated that you just go out and do it."

  • The Mustang is due to arrive in Ford showrooms in the months before the last ever Falcon rolls off the Broadmeadows production line, ending what will be more than 90 years of Ford’s manufacturing history in Australia. The Mustang is due to arrive in Ford showrooms in the months before the last ever Falcon rolls off the Broadmeadows production line, ending what will be more than 90 years of Ford’s manufacturing history in Australia.
  • Photos of the sixth-generation Mustang have been released ahead of the official, simultaneous unveiling at five global events this evening (11.30pm AEST) in the US, China, Spain and Sydney. Photos of the sixth-generation Mustang have been released ahead of the official, simultaneous unveiling at five global events this evening (11.30pm AEST) in the US, China, Spain and Sydney.
  • Ford insists the Mustang is not intended to fill the void left by the iconic Falcon GT, which bows out at the end of 2014. Ford insists the Mustang is not intended to fill the void left by the iconic Falcon GT, which bows out at the end of 2014.
  • Ford has released these official teaser shots of the 2015 Mustang ahead of its official unveiling. Ford has released these official teaser shots of the 2015 Mustang ahead of its official unveiling.
  • Ford’s new hero car will be available with four-cylinder or V8 power when it arrives in Australian showrooms by the end of 2015, priced from about $45,000. Ford’s new hero car will be available with four-cylinder or V8 power when it arrives in Australian showrooms by the end of 2015, priced from about $45,000.