New Mustang makes global debut at Bathurst

The new Gen3 Ford Mustang prototype. Pic: Supplied

THE Blue Oval’s new Supercars challenger has been officially unveiled in a world-first display at Bathurst.

Renders of the updated Supercar, now in seventh-generation/S650 fascia, were released last month but the prototype had not been spotted in the flesh until now.

Supercars and Ford homologation team Dick Johnson Racing had gone to work in recent weeks to convert the car from its initial S550 shape.

“It is fantastic to be able to show, for the very first time globally, the seventh-generation Mustang in racing form,” said Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook.

“The reveal of the Mustang Supercar is the first of many, with Mustang to race in GT3, GT4, NASCAR and NHRA competition globally.

“Mustang has been an iconic brand on and off the track for 58 years and its legend will continue around the world.

“We always say Mustang was born to race, and that is more true today than ever.

“The Mustang GT Supercar is ready to race in 2023.”

Its competitive debut will come at the now-confirmed Newcastle 500 across March 10-12 next year.

But first, it will hit the track at Mount Panorama this afternoon with Dick Johnson at the wheel.

As exclusively revealed by V8 Sleuth, its Chevrolet Camaro counterpart will be driven by Greg Murphy in the same 3:30pm Gen3 demonstration session.

“We’re very proud to be showing the world our new Mustang Supercar, and what better place to do it than at the Great Race here at Mount Panorama,” added Ford Australia and New Zealand boss Andrew Birkic.

“It’s a special moment to be able to uncover this car in front of passionate Ford fans, alongside all of our Supercars drivers.

“It’s very fitting that Dick will take the car for its first laps this afternoon. He’s a legend of the sport, and an incredible ambassador for Ford.

“This car looks sensational, it’s loud, it’s fast and we can’t wait to see it hit the track.”

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.