Ford officially announces Mustang for the Cup Series in 2019

18 April, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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Ford has announced that the Ford Mustang was the world's best selling sports coupe in 2017, which marks the third year in a row that the Mustang has nabbed the title.

Almost 126,000 Mustang coupes and convertibles were distributed across 146 countries past year, according to data from IHS Markit.

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

"As a Ford Performance model that's raced around the world, it's fitting that Australia's most popular sports auto should be on our race tracks".

"The world loves Ford Mustang", Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst, said in a news release. In an environment of relatively flat sports auto sales to women, Ford research shows a 10 percent gain in women buying Mustang in the last five years. "It could only be found on TV or the internet, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo".

Mustang and Camaro-bodied cars have been competing against each other in NASCAR's second-tier series - now called Xfinity - since 2013, but this will be the first time that the two pony cars have ever faced off in Cup.

'We're combining America's favourite sports vehicle with America's top stock auto racing series, ' said Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook.

"We've been working with the teams to ensure they have the best technical support to make Mustang a victor", said Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman at a launch event for the Ford Performance brand in Melbourne.

We have previously talked about how the Ford Mustang won the 2017 sales race in the USA among sporty 2-door models, but today, the Motor Company announced that the Mustang was the bestselling sporty 2-door in the world for the third-straight year.

According to Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman, American arm Ford Performance is already working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford on developing the 2019 auto.

The Mustang will be Ford's fourth different Cup Series model since 1972, following the Thunderbird, Taurus and Fusion. "I can't wait", Ford board member Edsel B. Ford II said in a statement. "Mustang is a vehicle that is woven into the fabric of our country, and it's only right that we put it on the track in NASCAR's most visible series".

We'll leave the last word to Ford legend and Team DJR Penske co-owner Dick Johnson. The public unveiling of the race auto will "follow soon, " Ford says. Its debut will held at Daytona on February of 2019.

Initial testing of the Mustang stock auto is still underway and it will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer.



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