Ford has revealed the first race-prepared seventh-generation Mustang, with the 2023 Mustang GT ‘Gen3’ Supercar uncovered at Mount Panorama ahead of the famous Bathurst 1000.
Ford’s challenger for the 2023 Australian Supercars Championship was shown in pit lane before being handed to racing icon Dick Johnson for its first laps in anger. It’s the first appearance of the seventh-generation Mustang in racing guise, anywhere in the world.
The road-going variants of the seventh-generation Mustang were revealed in Detroit last month, with computer-generated images of the race cars shown at the same time.
“It is fantastic to be able to show, for the very first time globally, the seventh-generation Mustang in racing form,” Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook said.
“The reveal of the Mustang Supercar is the first of many, with Mustang to race in GT3, GT4, NASCAR and NHRA competition globally,” he added.
“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.”
The Mustang Supercar has been built by Ford’s homologation team Dick Johnson Racing, in conjunction with Ford Performance, in preparation for the 2023 season when a new era of Supercars racing begins.
The Gen3 Mustang GT Supercar more closely resembles its road-going counterpart, with production-based Coyote V8 engine, low roofline and long hood that makes Mustang the world’s favourite sports car.
Ford supported teams in 2023, who will race the new Mustang, include Dick Johnson Racing, Tickford Racing, Grove Racing, Blanchard Racing Team and new to the stable, Walkinshaw Andretti United.
“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,” Ford ANZ president and CEO Andrew Birkic said.
“It’s a special moment to be able to uncover this car in front of passionate Ford fans, alongside all of our Supercars drivers,” he added. “This car looks sensational, it’s loud, it’s fast and we can’t wait to see it hit the track.”
The Bathurst 1000 will be held on Sunday, October 9. The seventh-generation Ford Mustang will hit Australian roads in late 2023.