Reduced aerodynamics confirmed for the Ford Mustang
The Supercars Championship organisation has confirmed that the Ford Mustang will have its aerodynamics reduced to ensure parity between the different cars of the championship.
The changes include smaller endplates on the rear wing, height reduction for the gurney flap and reduced length for the undertray.
The organisation has made the decision following analysis of simulations by Supercars’ technology partner D2H and track data.
“The Supercars Technical department has worked through the data available and requested these changes from homologating team DJR Team Penske and Ford Performance in a transparent manner,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“The Mustang is a world class race car and we respect the work that has gone in to developing the package. Despite passing VCAT any incoming car needs to meet the incumbent.
“DJRTP and Ford Performance understand that technical parity underpins the success of the sport and accept the changes.”
The changes will be introduced ahead of the coming round in Perth and Ford has accepted the changes but state that they are disappointed.
“The Mustang is an advanced, state-of-the-art Supercar, designed and built within the rules of the series. We are disappointed that we have had to make changes to the cars, however we respect the Supercars technical department and will comply,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of motorsport, Ford Performance.
“Our car was signed off and homologated by Supercars ahead of the 2019 season, however whilst we understand these changes are in the interest of the sport, we expect to run the rest of the season on track unchanged from this specification.”
Ford drivers occupy the top three positions of the championship currently, claiming nine of ten race wins so far, with DJR Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin leading the drivers’ championship on 1058 points ahead of team-mate Fabian Coulthard on 934 points.