Shell V-Power Racing Team Launch: The Pony Has Landed
Author: Ben Nightingale, Shell V-Power Racing Team Date Posted:11 February 2019
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MUSTANG – FORD’s FIRST ALL-NEW SUPERCAR IN A DECADE
The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will see the first all-new Ford Supercar in over a decade, with the debut of the Mustang GT at the season-opening Adelaide 500.
The all-new Mustang is the result of a joint development program between Ford Performance, Ford’s Asia-Pacific Design Studio and Ford’s Supercars homologation team DJR Team Penske.
Since being announced in April 2018, the program has largely gone on behind closed doors, with a massive workload resulting from the design of a brand-new Supercar – and the very first two-door coupe to race under Supercars regulations.
The process began with a feasibility study in late 2017, before Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) work was undertaken by engineers at Ford Performance in the United States and at DJR Team Penske in Australia in early 2018.
The DJR Team Penske side of the program was led by Competition Director Ludo Lacroix and Chief Design Engineer Perry Kapper.
Work began on physically building the prototype vehicle in September 2018, with the first example taking to the track for validation testing at Queensland Raceway and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in November.
With on-track validation completed, the testing moved to the aerodynamic phase, with several days spent at the airstrip in Temora, NSW running simulations of the VCAT (Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Testing) process.
Finally, the car was submitted to Supercars Australia for approval in December 2018, where it was benchmarked against its rivals in the Holden Commodore ZB and Nissan Altima L33. It was then approved for competition use for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
DJR Team Penske Managing Director Ryan Story said that the Ford Mustang Supercar program was one of the most comprehensive in the history of the sport.
“In conjunction with Ford Performance in the United States, and Ford here in Australia, we have left no stone unturned in the development of the new Mustang Supercar,” said Story.
“We are introducing the very first two-door coupe into the Supercars category, and it was a mammoth task. Thankfully we had an incredible team of people involved, and I must single out Sriram Pakkam and Brian Novak at Ford Performance, along with our very own Perry Kapper and Ludo Lacroix, who have been instrumental in getting the car to where it is today.
“We have put many thousands of man hours into the design and construction of this car, and we now look forward to seeing it take to the racetrack in Australia and New Zealand to fly the Ford flag and hopefully do the ‘blue oval’ proud.”
About DJR Team Penske – www.djrteampenske.com.au
DJR Team Penske is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Australia, with eight Australian Touring Car / Supercars Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories, competing as the Shell V-Power Racing Team. Team Penske’s U.S. motorsports entities are among the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, including NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA, the team has produced more than 500 major race wins, over 570 pole positions and 34 National Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. In its storied history, the team has also earned 17 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.