Ford vows to be fairer to Mustang Supercars customers than Holden

Ford's Supercars homologation teams Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske have pledged to take a very different approach to customer squads with the new Mustang than rival Holden has

Ford vows to be fairer to Mustang Supercars customers than Holden

Tickford and DJR Penske will join forces with Ford Performance in Australia and America to develop and homologate a Mustang to be used in Supercars next season as Ford returns to the series in a factory capacity.

Though DJR Penske is officially the primary homologator, it and Tickford will take an equal share of the workload.

Holden introduced its all-new ZB Commodore this year, but the parts supply is controlled by homologator Triple Eight Race Engineering - which also undertook all the development.

That system came under fire from Holden customer Walkinshaw Andretti United's co-owner Zak Brown, the McLaren Formula 1 boss saying it gave Triple Eight "an unfair advantage".

Tickford part-owner Rod Nash said Ford would handle things completely differently with the Mustang.

"The tooling will be done, the moulds will be made, and it will be open [to customers]," he told Autosport.

"The core understanding within Supercars is to continue to be more cost effective.

"We're not going to go anywhere near the path we've experienced just recently from our competitors.

"We'll be building everything for ourselves, but if anybody's out there in the market, we'll assist in any way.

"It's not a money grab, that's for sure."

23Red and Matt Stone Racing currently run one-car Ford customer teams, and would be able to reskin the chassis to field Mustangs too.

Tickford team manager Tim Edwards expects them to do so.

"The core structure, which is really the rollcage, none of that changes," he said.

"It's only the intersection between it and the sheet metal. It would be very similar to what some of the Holden teams did to re-skin their cars [with the ZB].

"I don't think it will take much encouragement for 23Red and MSR to come across."

Both teams said the initial focus will be supplying the eight current Ford entries in the field before actively exploring the idea of expanding the Mustang presence.

"We're occupying one third of the grid already, and we'll update what we do with a pretty awesome vehicle. That'll no doubt attract enquiry [from other customers]," said Nash.

"But I think eight is a fair target for us to get built and out on the track for next year.

"And again, our focus is on doing it properly, not just rolling out cars."

shares
comments
Ford Performance offers first teaser image of Supercars Mustang

Previous article

Ford Performance offers first teaser image of Supercars Mustang

Next article

Ford hopes factory Supercars return attracts more manufacturers

Ford hopes factory Supercars return attracts more manufacturers
Load comments

About this article

Series Supercars
Teams Holden Racing Team
Author Andrew van Leeuwen
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Plus

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

OPINION: Roger Penske's operation helped lift Dick Johnson's faltering Ford team back to the top of Australian tin-tops. But, despite The Captain's departure, along with star driver Scott McLaughlin, there's no reason to expect an imminent decline from DJR

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble Plus

Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But the team's outgoing boss Roland Dane has full faith that he'll be up to the task

Supercars
Feb 5, 2021
The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020

In a year of few constants, the Australian Supercars championship could be relied upon for its usual blend of rough and tumble racing with a V8 soundtrack. But who were its top performers in 2020?

Supercars
Dec 27, 2020
The 'lifetime deal' that broke down in double quick time Plus

The 'lifetime deal' that broke down in double quick time

Last year, David Reynolds signed a decade-long deal with Erebus, seemingly pledging his long-term Supercars future to the team. One year on, "Decade Dave's" contract has been reduced to tatters, with an undercurrent of discontent having brewed in 2020

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
How Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Plus

How Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a divisive figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his dramatic boots as the category enters a new era

Supercars
Oct 30, 2020
Why McLaughlin is wrong to label 2020 his best title Plus

Why McLaughlin is wrong to label 2020 his best title

OPINION: Scott McLaughlin was quick to describe his third Supercars title as his best yet. But even though it didn't match the dramatic backstory of his 2018 triumph, there's a good reason for him wanting to control the narrative this time around

Supercars
Oct 2, 2020
Why Supercars would settle for an anticlimactic title race Plus

Why Supercars would settle for an anticlimactic title race

It's a predicament that has faced the World Endurance Championship in the past, and now it's the turn of Supercars to have its biggest race - the Bathurst 1000 - taking the final slot on the calendar. Will its wider significance upstage the title battle?

Supercars
Sep 4, 2020
The 10-year wait for a Supercars champion halted by coronavirus Plus

The 10-year wait for a Supercars champion halted by coronavirus

When the Supercars season resumes James Courtney will be a Tickford Racing driver - but it's not the first time the star driver has flirted with the famous Ford squad

Supercars
May 18, 2020