Ford Performance Coming to AustraliaLast Updated February 5, 2020
Ford Performance is coming to the Land Down Under!
On April 16, 2018, Ford announced that it would be bringing the Ford Performance brand and its array of sporty vehicles to the Commonwealth of Australia.
High-speed driving fans all across the desert have been clamoring for it, and Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman, delighted the masses by unveiling the first Ranger Raptor and 2018 Mustang at a local showcase event that will not soon be forgotten. In the midst of all of the excitement, Whickman announced that the Mustang and the Ranger Raptor will take part in the Supercars Series in 2019.
“Ford Performance’s diverse line-up of vehicles reflects customer feedback that Australians are looking for advanced, efficient, performance models across all types of vehicles,” Whickman said.”
The Ford Performance arrival comes on the heels of the brand’s former developmental arm Ford Performance Vehicles closing down several years ago.
The Ranger Raptor is a centerpiece of Ford Performance’s 2019 lineup, and the mammoth pickup gave Aussie auto enthusiasts plenty to talk about following the big announcement.
Scheduled to arrive in Australian showrooms in late 2018, the all-new Ranger Raptor will sport a 2.0L twin turbo four-cylinder diesel motor that offers 157kW and 500Nm. The gaudy stats represent a 10kW and 30Nm increase of the 3.2L five-cylinder diesel found throughout the rest of the Ranger lineup.
Along with the exciting changes under the hood, the Ranger Raptor will contain a unique suspension system with aluminum upper and lower control arms, heavy-duty skid plates and underbody protection. Additionally, the revitalized Ford Ranger Raptor will feature an added wading depth of 85mm, which will pay major dividends on the trail.
The Ranger Raptor will be the headliner, but the 2019 Ford Performance lineup will include the Ford Fiesta ST and a host of Mustang GT editions.
Speaking of the Mustang, the best-selling sports coupe in the world will also be a prominent fixture in Australia in the coming years.
At the April 16th unveiling, which coincided with the pony car’s 54th Anniversary a day later, Ford Performance proudly announced that the Mustang will take part in the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Aledale 500. Ford Performance will work in conjunction with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing for the Mustang’s official track debut next month.
“We’re proud to announce that Ford Australia, with our Ford Performance global team, is working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate Mustang for 2019,” said Whickman. “There’s been a lot of speculation and calls for Mustang to be on the track, and as a Ford Performance model that’s raced around the world, it’s fitting that Australia’s most popular sports car should be on our race tracks.”
The 2019 Aledale 500 will mark the Mustang’s inaugural appearance at the Supercars Series and also Ford’s return to the nation’s most popular racing series after a four-year hiatus. The Mustang will be in excellent hands, as DJR Team Penske is fresh off a Supercars Championship in 2017, while Tickford Racing is a well-respected name on the circuit as well.
“The Mustang nameplate is one the of the most legendary in the world and we are proud to have it lining up on our grid in 2019. I know Australians, New Zealanders and our fans around the world will be just as excited as I am to see the Mustang take to our tracks in the world’s best Touring car racing,” said Sean Seamer, CEO, of Supercars Australia.
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The Ford Motor Company announced that it will be bringing the Ford Performance brand to the Commonwealth of Australia! In addtion to its exciting array of high-performance vehicles being availible to the public, Ford also revealed that the Ranger Raptor and the 2018 Mustang will take part in the 2019 Supercars Series.
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