GEN3 FORD MUSTANG SUPERCAR COMPLETES MAIDEN TRACK TEST

The Mustang has completed its first test. Pic: Supercars

SUPERCARS has undertaken a maiden test with its Dick Johnson Racing-built Gen3 Ford Mustang prototype.

DJR’s Bathurst co-driver Alex Davison turned laps in the car today at Queensland Raceway behind closed doors.

It comes a day after the first in-build images of the Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro prototypes were shared by the category.

PICS: First look at Mustang and Camaro prototypes

Triple Eight’s Camaro is expected to run for the first time next week ahead of the public reveal of both cars at Bathurst on December 3.

The new Mustang has a much sleeker roofline than the current Gen3 car. Pic: Supercars

Today’s test was monitored remotely by its key technical staff who are in Sydney for the four consecutive events at Sydney Motorsport Park, as well as those onsite.

Supercars’ Head of Motorsport Adrian Burgess is among those in Sydney and hailed it as a milestone day for the category as it works to introduce the new cars for 2023.

Gen3 includes not just a new control platform but also new engines; in the Ford’s case a 5.4-litre version of its Coyote powerplant.

A Coyote Gen3 engine during dyno testing. Pic: Supercars

“It’s definitely been an exciting day for everyone at Supercars, and the rest of the Gen3 steering group, who have worked tirelessly to get to this point,” Burgess told Supercars.com.

“Warm up went well and once it was up and running, although not at full capacity, we worked through a number of technical issues using the live telemetry to focus on key factors we wanted to look at today.

“There’s plenty of data we can take from today’s run that we will now analyse and work through for next time, but we are very pleased with how things went and look forward to the next phase of testing once the cars are revealed at Bathurst.

Inside the Mustang. Pic: Supercars

“I would like to thank Ford Performance, Perry, Mikey and rest of the team at DJR for all their efforts to date, as we all also look forward to also seeing the Camaro get its first run soon.

“This is the start of a long journey and a lot more hard work, but it’s a special day for Supercars and our fans.

“What we saw and heard today was exhilarating. Fans are in for something special when we unveil Gen3 in a few weeks’ time.

“It’s very exciting to know what’s in store, these cars will not disappoint.”

Stefan joined V8 Sleuth in 2020 as Head of Content – Publications. A multi-award-winning journalist, he’s worked in the sport for more than a decade, including stints as editor of Supercars.com and Speedcafe.com.