The dream of a Ford Mustang in the V8 Supercars series is one step closer to becoming a reality with a team making an official inquiry about running the American muscle machine in 2017 when the Falcon is axed.
News Corp Australia can reveal that at least one V8 team - not Prodrive Australia - have asked V8 Supercars to provide early information on what they would need to do to get the iconic Mustang on the grid to take on the Holden Commodore.
While Ford's official involvement remains in doubt with a manufacturer bid to provide funding seemingly the brand's only hope, the Mustang inquiry shows it's increasingly likely the Ford name at least will stay from 2017.
We want iconic cars, halo cars, on the grid and we are hopeful the Mustang will be one of them.
"A team has already expressed a desire to develop a Mustang," a V8 Supercars official said. "We want iconic cars, halo cars, on the grid and we are hopeful the Mustang will be one of them." V8 Supercars are expected to release a 90-page draft document by August which will make the entry of two-door cars like the Mustang possible from 2017.
The Generation 2 platform document will be sent out globally and it is hoped at least one of the five new makes that the sport claim they are in negotiations with will commit to the sport by the end of the year.
"We have to get commitments this year," a V8s insider said. '2017 will be here before we know it and there is a lot of work ahead." Surprisingly Prodrive Australia - the outfit that currently runs four Ford Falcons - is not the team that has expressed interest in running the Mustang. Ford axed Prodrive last year as the famous manufacturer officially severed funding ties with the sport.
Prodrive still have secondary Ford-related deals and a move to the Mustang seems a logical choice.