Camaro Supercars entry a 'no-brainer' now Ford is bringing Mustang

Ford bringing the Mustang to Supercars makes a Holden Camaro entry a "no-brainer", according to a key player in Ford's new programme

Camaro Supercars entry a 'no-brainer' now Ford is bringing Mustang

The new-for-2019 Mustang comes as part of renewed works Ford involvement in Supercars, and will be developed by the Tickford and DJR Penske teams as well as Ford Performance in Australia and the United States.

The Mustang will be the first two-door model to enter the series under the Gen2 regulations, leading to questions about whether General Motors might follow that lead and switch from its Commodore model to the Camaro or if Nissan might field its GT-R.

Tickford part-owner Rod Nash reckons the Mustang should make GM look seriously at the Camaro - which is about to hit the Australian market - as an alternative to the four-doorCommodore, or even as a parallel programme under the Chevrolet banner.

"The Mustang body sets the agenda for the competition factor there," he said.

"That'll be up to Holden to make those statements officially, but I think it's a bit of a no-brainer that the Camaro is on its way now, just as a result of the Mustang body being put out there.

"There's quite a few Holden teams. That's what's great about Gen2, even within a brand, say Chev and Holden, you're likely to see two bodyshapes out there being the Commodore and the Camaro.

"No question the Mustang is going to set the agenda now.

"Mustang has been a common conversation, as is Camaro amongst the teams. Someone within the category will pick up the Camaro, I would have thought.

"It's a lot more exciting I think, a step forward, and would be great for our sustainability as a business and a sport, to help to add that next level of attractiveness to our fanbase and followers."

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said the Mustang programme is proof that the series is open to new bodyshapes, and that there are no concerns about moving away from sedans and towards sports or muscle cars.

"I don't think it's a negative thing for us," he said.

"As we've said many times, the Gen2 guidelines allow us to run front-engined, rear-drive cars, provided they are produced in units of 5000 and have four seats.

"I think that variety is a very good thing for the category. As Rod said, it leads to sustainability and helps us broaden our fanbase."

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